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Best of the Web: St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’re astounded that St. Patrick’s Day will be here on Sunday. How is it mid-March already? Where is 2014 going?! Yeah, if you’re like me, you’ve allowed it to sneak up on you, and you’ve forgotten to get excited about it.

I’m not Irish. Not even a little. When I was a kid, I always wished to be– it seemed like all of my friends had some Irish blood in them to brag about. But like they say, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day! Plus, I love the color green. And gold. And rainbows are cool. And sometimes even leprechauns are okay.

But most of all, I love baking. Fortunately, St. Patrick’s Day is pretty easy to do when it comes to desserts– you can dye batters green, cover cookies in gold sprinkles, make cakes with rainbow layers…the possibilities are practically endless! So, if you’re looking for...

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Tres Leches Cake… minus the leches?!

Posted by Ellen

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

After taking just one look at this recipe, it isn’t a mystery why the thick and creamy cake is called tres leches, or “three milks” in Spanish. This inviting dessert is soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream. Growing up in the southern peninsula Florida, I had my share of tres leches cake. Or, did, until high school hit and I found out I’m allergic to leche!

Over my spring break, I whipped up a creamy cake challenge. How do I make a tres leches cake without milk? Usually it’s fairly simple and straightforward to make a recipe dairy-free, but in this case, I needed not just one, but three milk alternatives. The project required research, and just in case there was a huge difference, I had a friend try both the dairy-free and original versions to give me feedback on the differences.

Back to the baking first though! In...

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The Flavors of Spring Break

Posted by Issy

Friday, February 28, 2014

My fellow collegiates– can you believe spring break is already here? It seems that just yesterday I was heading back to school after winter break, and now I am already returning home to sunny southern California! Most of us have worked very hard to keep up our bikini-ready figures for this week, but it is time to think about all of the foods we have to try while visiting different parts of the world. Not traveling this year? Make these dishes at home to give your taste buds a little flavor vacation!

Some of the most popular spring break locations include the Dominican Republic, Florida, Mexico, Jamaica, and California. Being a native, I can readily say that California may not a place that is particularly noted for its food, but Michele Anna Jordan‘s California Home Cooking does highlight specific ingredients found in my beautiful West Coast state year round. I recently made Perry’s...

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National Chili Day

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still dealing with bitter cold temperatures up here in New England. You thought it was almost time to leave behind hot comfort foods like hearty soups, creamy mashed potatoes, and gooey mac and cheese? Think again.

Tomorrow is National Chili Day. So if you’re still shivering like we are here in Boston, it’s the perfect day to pull out your slow cooker, pick a recipe, put on a pot of chili, and snuggle under a blanket while it simmers.

If you’ve already made a pot of your favorite chili a dozen times this winter, it might be time to try something new! Here are some unique recipes–for every diet–to get you through until the spring thaw….

Does your favorite chili recipe contain ground beef or ground turkey? Try spicing it up with some Mexican sausage! This Pinto Bean Chili with...

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