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Try snacking on a handful of almonds between meals. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Brain food for finals

Christina Saschin // December 15, 2014

After finding a quiet spot at the library, you take a seat and wonder if you should have gotten another coffee before starting your study session. Social norms tell us that coffee consumption and studying...

Molly Rzepecki makes pulled pork sandwiches at 1078 Gallery for its December Mixed Media Mixer event Sunday. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Local sisters cater to therapeutic food needs

Christina Saschin // December 12, 2014

Sisters Molly and Megan Rzepecki look at food from a different perspective than just something that fuels their bodies. "Our main motto is to create feel-good comfort food so even people with diet restrictions...

A holiday pasta dish with kale and tomato. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Holiday pasta

Christina Saschin // December 8, 2014

Though kale has become a popular ingredient in dishes, not everyone knows how to use the leafy green vegetable, which is full of vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium and calcium.I like to cook kale to shrink...

Chicken goat cheese tacos Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Chicken goat cheese tacos

Christina Saschin // December 1, 2014

These chicken goat cheese tacos contain nutrients found in many of the main food groups, including protein, dairy and vegetables. This is why I love tacos; you can layer on different types of ingredients...

When shopping for a discount Thanksgiving dinner at Safeway, students can use their rewards cards for deals on stuffing and bread rolls. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Discount Thanksgiving

Christina Saschin // November 25, 2014

If you are staying in Chico for Thanksgiving and want to put together an appetizing, affordable meal for you and your friends, take a look at The Orion's cheat sheet of where you can shop for the best...

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Readers, Digest: Pumpkin Cookies

Christina Saschin // November 17, 2014

Some days, it's fun to look into your pantry, pull out ingredients that have been laying around for a while, and create your own recipe by mixing it all together. I haven't made sugar cookies in a while,...

Goat Cheese Apple Tarts, a delicious treat inspired by The Hunger Games. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: ‘The Hunger Games’ Goat Cheese Apple Tarts

Christina Saschin // November 10, 2014

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" will come out Nov. 21. While you wait, try making some Goat Cheese Apple Tarts like those from Peeta's family bakery.Adding the brown sugar and cinnamon cream cheese...

A Red pizza from Grana, a wood-fired foods restaurant downtown. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Grana offers simple yet delicious pizza

Christina Saschin // November 7, 2014

Grana, a locally-owned restaurant, offers flavorful, wood-fired foods and reasonably-priced pizza and fresh ingredients. Though it is open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant's atmosphere has more of...

Homemade Scotch eggs Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Scotch eggs

Christina Saschin // November 3, 2014

The Scotch egg originated in England and was used as a picnic food since it was easy to take on the go. This breakfast dish provides a substantial amount of protein and is also fun to make for picnics...

A regular burrito with chicken from Bulldog Taqueria on West 2nd Street. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Bulldog Taqueria has quick service, juicy burritos

Christina Saschin // October 29, 2014

If you haven't checked out the local restaurant scene downtown lately, chances are you've missed something worth noticing: some of the best local burritos at Mexican grill Bulldog Taqueria, located at...

A DIY pumpkin spice latte. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: DIY pumpkin spice latte

Christina Saschin // October 27, 2014

The pumpkin spice latte has become a staple fall drink for many, as essential as warm mittens and knitted scarves. For this DIY latte, inspired by Starbucks' popular drink, I used real pumpkin puree for...

Berry and Banana Pancakes with a Café Latte and syrup at Sin of Cortez. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Readers, Digest: Sin of Cortez offers fresh food, family feel

Christina Saschin // October 22, 2014

The first time I drive to Sin of Cortez, I almost blow past its narrow entrance on the Esplanade. Though the restaurant has been in Chico since 1999, it's two miles away from Chico State: typically out...

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