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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: 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: 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: Sweet potato grits

Sweet potato grits Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

October 13, 2014

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

Alexander Madrid, a server at Upper Crust Bakery, pours some soup for a customer. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

October 11, 2014

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: Hummus-crusted chicken

Chicken casserole dinner with rice. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

September 29, 2014

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

Chico State alumnae Melissa Oji and Samantha Fernandez, catch up over coffee at Naked Lounge. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

September 24, 2014

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

WRECing balls are a great post-workout treat. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

September 22, 2014

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

Students can use their Wildcat ID to get great deals at restaurants in Chico. Willie the Wildcat illustration courtesy Chico State Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

September 19, 2014

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...

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