The Orion

Battle of holiday eggnog: Who made it taste best?

Navigate your way through the grocery store by avoiding the worst brands of eggnog and seeking out the best. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
December 14, 2015

Nothing quite punctuates the holidays like the arrival of eggnog to the grocery store dairy case. The tall holiday-colored cartons— adorned with printed Christmas lights and dancing cows wearing...

Almond butter, chia jam, dark chocolate bars

The healthy, simple and delicious chocolate, chia, almond bar. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
December 13, 2015

I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect snack bar. Ideally it's one that doesn't have a 600-word ingredient list or enough sugar to make my pancreas explode. However, it also shouldn't taste like cardboard...

Pumpkin spice latte showdown

The pumpkin spice latte from The Naked Lounge Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
December 13, 2015

All Internet negativity and questionable additives aside, pumpkin-flavored lattes are a Hallmark flavor to the fall season. Reviewing a few of the most popular coffee shops near campus, perhaps you can...

All you need is rice

Coconut brown rice with cilantro, green onions and peanuts. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
November 16, 2015

If you can boil water, you can make rice and make it well. Rice is an incredibly versatile, accessible and nutritious grain. Available at just about any grocery store in bags, bulk or boxes, rice can cost...

Understanding different pasta varieties

Orcchiette, shells and rotini noodles. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
October 11, 2015

In all of its cheap and carbohydrate-heavy glory, pasta noodles are a staple to the college diet.Pasta understands when you have friend drama, bills to pay or midterms; pasta asks for nothing more in return...

Guide to pairing cheese with wine, beer and cider

A tasteful assortment of various types of cheese, eagerly awaiting to be paired with the perfect wine, beer or cider. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
October 1, 2015

While drinking in college is somewhat of a right of passage, alcohol doesn’t have to be all about the body shots, cheap beer and hot mess hangovers. One way to ease yourself into a more sophisticated...

How to declutter your kitchen

Reuse jars to store food and repurpose an old bookshelf. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
September 25, 2015

No one likes a cluttered kitchen. But with the size most rental kitchens tend to be, it's hard for even the most type-A kind of people to find inspiration and organization in a space smaller than a postage...

Sierra Nevada tumbler cookies

Cookies spiced with cinnamon and spiked with Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
September 16, 2015

As we transition to (hopefully) cooler weather, dig our flannels out from the back of our closets and prepare ourselves for the onslaught of pumpkin spice everything, let's not forget to celebrate the...

Taking dorm food from boring to brilliant

August 27, 2015

Hallmarked for its comfort food vibes and outrageous simplicity, dorm food has a way of ceasing our hunger and nourishing our soul. True, the classics are good standbys for when real food is scarce, but...

Ultimate food guide to summer parties, potlucks, picnics

Ultimate food guide to summer parties, potlucks, picnics
May 8, 2015

Bright-colored Tupperware strewn across picnic tables, open bottles of frostily chilled Sierra Nevada, the smell of smoky grilled foods wafting through the warm air — it’s summer at last and time...

Overlooked gems at the farmers market

Dates, left, fava beans and fennel are all farmers market delicacies that are a perfect addition to any shopping bag. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
April 28, 2015

There is definitely a romanticism to strolling the aisles of the Chico farmers market. With our reusable bags in hand, we go forth into the crowd rocking the look of a sustainable individual. But how many...

Crazy for kombucha

Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot
April 18, 2015

My roommates had plenty of questions when I first started brewing kombucha in the dorms. Was I secretly a witch? Was that floating mass in the jar a fetus? Was I making moonshine in disguise? Was it...

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