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Basil infused no-churn ice cream

Basil infused no-churn ice cream

Grace Kerfoot

September 5, 2015


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If you've ever attempted to make ice cream yourself, you understand how daunting of a task it can be. Tempering egg yolks is intimidating, using that salt-and-ice-cube-in-a-bag method is— let's face it— doomed for disappointment and investing in an ice cream maker is simply not happening on a college budget. Fortunately, the struggle for quick and ...

Chia seeds, for pets and people

Chia seeds, for pets and people

Grace Kerfoot

August 28, 2015


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Long gone are the days when "chia" was only associated with vegetative afros of the iconic and "oh so 90's" Chia Pet. Now, instead of sprinkling chia seeds on ceramic statues, people are sprinkling them in their diet in tastefully clever ways. Despite being small and humble in appearance, chia seeds ...

Making risotto like it’s no big deal

Making risotto like it’s no big deal

Grace Kerfoot

April 11, 2015


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Few things fit the bill like a bowl of risotto. And while it’s fancy Italian name renders it daunting and left to be bookmarked but never actually made, at the end of the day risotto is really just rice — cooked intimately. Fortunately, with a little extra attention making risotto is easy...

Go Greek morning, noon and night

Go Greek morning, noon and night

Grace Kerfoot

March 4, 2015


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There’s nothing quite like Greek yogurt. It’s creamy, tangy, nutritious, relatively affordable and an all around wonderful food to eat. Unfortunately, most Greek yogurt gets breakfast-zoned. We use it to make healthier smoothies and baked goods and — if you are like me — as a...

Go nuts with an alternative milk option

Go nuts with an alternative milk option

Grace Kerfoot

February 17, 2015


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This recipe comes with a disclaimer: You have to know how to make nut milk. Fortunately, there are lots of resources online with detailed instructions and photos on how to do this. I recommend visiting this tutorial on Food52. With the growing number of vegans, food allergies and concerns about the sustainability of dai...

Readers, Digest: Sweet potato grits

Readers, Digest: Sweet potato grits

Christina Saschin

October 13, 2014


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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: Back-to-school Bidwell Bars

Readers, Digest: Back-to-school Bidwell Bars

Christina Saschin

August 25, 2014


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The new school year is upon us, which means the return of homework, tests and projects. These dried fruit bars are simple to make and a perfect on-the-go snack for the busy beginning of the school year.Total time: 40 minutesYield: 10 barsIngredients:1/2 cup flour3 eggs1/2 cup milk1/4 cup raisins1/4 c...

Readers, Digest: Rice-filled bell peppers

Readers, Digest: Rice-filled bell peppers

Christina Saschin

May 3, 2014


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Using a vegetable as a bowl is a fun way to present a dish. For this recipe, I put wild rice into a bell pepper to give it more color and to hold a shape. Wild rice contains more protein and fiber than brown rice and also takes a longer time to cook than white rice. Total Time: 40 minutesYield: 1 serving...

Readers, Digest: Grilled corn salad

Readers, Digest: Grilled corn salad

Christina Saschin

April 12, 2014


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The evenings are getting warmer, which makes it possible to cook and eat outside. Most of these ingredients can be found at the farmers market and incorporated into this recipe. You can eat this salad as a main dish or as side dish with grilled chicken or meat patties. Black-eyed peas are high in fiber,...

Readers, Digest: Rosemary lemon baked chicken

Readers, Digest: Rosemary lemon baked chicken

April 6, 2014


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I am always impressed with how detailed Nicholas Sparks writes. After reading some of my favorite novels by him, such as "Dear John" and "The Lucky One," I wanted to make a dinner that takes a little bit longer to make.The recipes and dinners that are featured in Sparks’ novels are filled with ...

Readers, Digest: Cinnamon baked apples

Readers, Digest: Cinnamon baked apples

Christina Saschin

April 1, 2014


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Baking a whole apple pie just for your roommate and yourself is not practical. This apple dessert works great as a single serving and gives you the ability to play with different flavors. I got the idea for making individual baked apples because I like miniaturizing desserts, like with cupcakes. All you ...

Readers, Digest: Quinoa kale salad

Readers, Digest: Quinoa kale salad

Christina Saschin

March 15, 2014


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Quinoa has become a popular seed and is a complete protein source, which means it contains all of the amino acids our body needs to build muscle and repair cells. Animal products, such as chicken and eggs, are complete sources of proteins, but beans and nuts are not. This quinoa salad is simple to make and can be taken on the go. This meal provides 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber a...

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