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Readers Digest: Forbidden Rice and chicken

Readers Digest: Forbidden Rice and chicken

Christina Saschin

October 20, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Adding black rice to a chicken dinner gives the meal a fun, Halloween twist. Black rice, native to China, contains antioxidants, iron and vitamin E. Total Time: 40 minutesYield: 1 servingIngredients2 chicken breastsrosemary sprig2 tablespoons olive oil1/4 cup black Forbidden Rice1/4 cup orange bell p...

Readers, Digest: Sweet potato grits

Readers, Digest: Sweet potato grits

Christina Saschin

October 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Adding sweet potatoes to traditional grits gives the dish more flavor and a creamy consistency. Try out this recipe for breakfast or as a side dish. Total Time: 40 minutesYield: 4 cupsIngredients:1 cup water1 cup milk1/2 cup corn grits1 sweet potato, peeled and gratedcinnamon to tasteDirections:In a...

Readers, Digest: Fall meal picks

Readers, Digest: Fall meal picks

Christina Saschin

October 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Mashed potatoes, squash and all things pumpkin come to mind when thinking of fall foods. Even though most restaurants don't have a specific fall menu, local produce or seasonal items can be added. Here are The Orion's picks for the best fall-themed dishes you can get in Chico.Mom's: The Fuji Apple Sa...

Readers, Digest: Black bean and vegetable soup

Readers, Digest: Black bean and vegetable soup

Christina Saschin

October 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Every fall, nursing students set up a table near the library to give free flu shots.This black bean and vegetable soup is the perfect meal or snack to make when you feel sick during the cold and flu season. It is quick to make, soothes your throat and provides warmth on chilly days. Instead of using ...

Passport Weekend offers taste of Butte County

Passport Weekend offers taste of Butte County

Christina Saschin

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend, which is in its ninth year, allows locals and tourists to visit 29 locations to taste the food, wine and beer of Butte County. The event occurs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 if purchased in advance and $30 the day of the event. The ...

Readers, Digest: Hummus-crusted chicken

Readers, Digest: Hummus-crusted chicken

Christina Saschin

September 29, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Now that it is almost October, the weather is getting colder. It is no longer unbearable to turn on the oven and fear that it will heat up the apartment. Cook up some rice along with this chicken casserole, and in less than an hour you will have a complete dinner.Total Time: 40 minutesYield: 2 serving...

Readers, Digest: Favorite fall drinks

Readers, Digest: Favorite fall drinks

Christina Saschin

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Get ready to throw on your scarves and grab those warm beverages: Tuesday marked the autumnal equinox. The Orion offers its top picks for places where you can snag the season's best drinks on campus or downtown. All prices listed are for medium sizes. Don't like coffee? Many places offer versions of thei...

Readers, Digest: WRECing Balls

Readers, Digest: WRECing Balls

Christina Saschin

September 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Students can be seen at the Wildcat Recreation Center chugging down the latest protein shake or eating an energy bar, hoping it will fuel their bodies and aid in recovery time. Instead of buying expensive post-workout food products, I was inspired to make my own protein bar bites, or WRECing Balls, tha...

Readers, Digest: Student meal deals

Readers, Digest: Student meal deals

Christina Saschin

September 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

If you are looking for a place to eat in Chico, you will be surprised to know that some of your favorite places have student discounts and specials.Here are The Orion's picks for places to use your Wildcat Card for some tasty discounts:Celestino's New York Pizza offers a student special of $4.50 for a...

Readers, Digest: New Orleans sausage, rice dish

Readers, Digest: New Orleans sausage, rice dish

Christina Saschin

September 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

If you take a late-night stroll down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, you will hear jazz music and see wrought iron railing on balconies on either side of the street, enclosing restaurants and bars with delicious dishes. New Orleans has an iconic culture, architecture and food, all depicted in The CW's...

Readers, Digest: Students’ favorite international dishes

Christina Saschin

September 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

In honor of the 29th annual Chico World Music festival, which will feature international food along with live international music performances on Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13, I asked Chico State students about their favorite international dishes.Jordan Fastenau, a graduate psychology major...

Readers, Digest: Popeye egg scramble

Readers, Digest: Popeye egg scramble

Christina Saschin

September 8, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

In the famous Popeye comics and cartoons, Popeye's strength increases dramatically after he opens up a can of spinach and eats it, giving him the ability to defeat his attackers. Though this image is comical, there may be some truth to spinach helping with muscle performance. Spinach contains iron, which ...

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