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Battle of holiday eggnog: Who made it taste best?

Battle of holiday eggnog: Who made it taste best?

December 14, 2015


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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 Santa hats— are complete with excess sugar and, of course, the indulgence. Each year, it seems tha...

Almond butter, chia jam, dark chocolate bars

Almond butter, chia jam, dark chocolate bars

December 13, 2015


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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 and cost more than half an hour of minimum wage. Such a bar can be hard to find— both on cam...

Pumpkin spice latte showdown

Pumpkin spice latte showdown

December 13, 2015


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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 navigate through the pumpkin spice mania toward the festive latte of your dreams. Starbucks Pros: A strong pumpkin smell and authentic (or artificial) orange color. The espresso f...

All you need is rice

All you need is rice

Grace Kerfoot

November 16, 2015


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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 less than $1 per pound and cooks up to twice its dried volume. Although there are many different varietie...

Understanding different pasta varieties

Understanding different pasta varieties

Grace Kerfoot

October 11, 2015


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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 aside from some rudimentary cooking skills, a sexy sauce and maybe some Parmesan cheese. While boiling water is...

Guide to pairing cheese with wine, beer and cider

Guide to pairing cheese with wine, beer and cider

Grace Kerfoot

October 1, 2015


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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 drinking lifestyle is by hosting a cheese and wine, or cheese and beer, party. While there are techni...

How to declutter your kitchen

How to declutter your kitchen

Grace Kerfoot

September 25, 2015


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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 stamp. Furthermore, most rental contracts forbid students from even putting a tack in the wall. Th...

Sierra Nevada tumbler cookies

Sierra Nevada tumbler cookies

Grace Kerfoot

September 16, 2015


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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 reappearance of Sierra Nevada's fall beers. Seriously, Chico's beloved brewery deserves more credit for ...

Taking dorm food from boring to brilliant

Grace Kerfoot

August 27, 2015


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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 bumping the humble bowl of ramen up a notch can be just the thing when you're looking to treat you...

Ultimate food guide to summer parties, potlucks, picnics

Ultimate food guide to summer parties, potlucks, picnics

Grace Kerfoot

May 8, 2015


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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 for those outdoor summer potlucks, picnics and barbecues to commence. While sharing food with f...

Overlooked gems at the farmers market

Overlooked gems at the farmers market

Grace Kerfoot

April 28, 2015


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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 of us are guilty of buying a vat of strawberries, a messy sandwich from a food truck, maybe a small succulent and ca...

Crazy for kombucha

Crazy for kombucha

Grace Kerfoot

April 18, 2015


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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 even safe to drink? I assured them it was safe, and that the strange mass was a symbiotic culture...

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