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Readers, Digest: Brain food for finals

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

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 go hand in hand. When passing Peet's coffee, you see the painted window enticing you to study th...

Local sisters cater to therapeutic food needs

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

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 can enjoy it," Megan said.Growing up, cooking and entertainment was prominent in the Rzepecki household ...

Readers, Digest: Holiday pasta

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

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 the leaves. By cooking it in coconut oil, kale also takes on a nutty flavor and becomes instantly ...

Readers, Digest: Chicken goat cheese tacos

Chicken goat cheese tacos Photo credit: Christina Saschin

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 or add as much or as little of each ingredient as you wish. For those who may be lactose-intolera...

Readers, Digest: Discount Thanksgiving

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

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 prices. Shopping at Wal-Mart and Save Mart is about $15 cheaper than shopping at Safeway and Raley's when ge...

Readers, Digest: Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies fresh out of the oven Photo credit: Christina Saschin

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, and since pumpkin is in season, I wondered what would happen when I added pumpkin puree to an exi...

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

Goat Cheese Apple Tarts, a delicious treat inspired by

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 to the goat cheese gives the filling a sweet taste. This makes the tart taste more like dessert. ...

Readers, Digest: Grana offers simple yet delicious pizza

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

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 a late night vibe, with its impressive wine menu and dim lighting.The first time I tried Grana was Tue...

Readers, Digest: Scotch eggs

Homemade Scotch eggs Photo credit: Christina Saschin

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 or home.Yield: 2 Total Time: 35 minutesIngredients1.5 ounces lean turkey breakfast sausage1/3 cup Rice...

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

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

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 Chronic Tacos' old spot on West 2nd Street.The restaurant, which first opened in Oroville and already ...

Readers, Digest: DIY pumpkin spice latte

A DIY pumpkin spice latte. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

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 a fresh taste. Yield: 1 latteTotal Time: 10 minutesIngredientswatercoffee1 tablespoon pumpkin puree...

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

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

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 of the range of any hungry, busy college student that lives close to campus. After I park, I walk through the doubl...

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