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Alternative Party Desserts

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Everybody loves a party. But what’s a party without dessert?

It’s not. It’s not a party at all. Parties must have dessert, be it brownies, cookies, cake, cupcakes, or something else sweet. My friends and I don’t mess around when it comes to planning a dessert menu. We always end up with more than enough, and everyone eats themselves sick on chocolatey brownies, gooey cookies, and decadent truffles (they’re so small and harmless…until you eat five of them).

I get especially baker-happy around birthdays. For my little cousin’s birthday one year, I made her a zebra-print cake– black stripes painted onto white frosting and finished off with shiny black sprinkles. A lot of the best people in my life have spring or summertime birthdays, so around this time of year, I’m constantly looking for exciting new treat recipes to try.

I love birthday cake as much as (or perhaps more than) the next...

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The College Student’s Guide to Make-Ahead Meals

Posted by Ellen

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I may not have six children like Jessica Fisher… or any children at all for that matter… but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the wonderful harmony that my life is in when I am able to come home after a long day and do absolute minimal amounts of work to make dinner for myself. How? Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook. Get your cooking done for a MONTH with just a couple day’s of work. Jessica breaks down everything from grocery store shopping to making the meals to freezing them, so that you never have to rush to get a wholesome dinner on the table.

My weekdays usually involve leaving my dorm only to see it again in 12, maybe even 14 or 16, hours later, and I’m usually both exhausted and starving by the time I get home. Since most options for quick take-out are overpriced and unhealthy,...

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Springtime Thai Tofu Salad

Posted by Ellen

Monday, March 31, 2014

One of the finer culinary moments of my life was when I discovered the light and refreshing side of tofu– it wasn’t until high school that I realized tofu could be one of the most versatile ingredients. Due to a particularly bad experience with a soy sauce-marinated tofu dish my mother made me as a child, it took me a while to trust this curd again, but after spending a year as a vegan, I quickly discovered that it was one of those foods I probably needed to get me through the diet.

Usually when I eat tofu dishes at restaurants, the tofu is there simply as a vegetarian stand-in for the meat the recipe really requires. Recently though, I stumbled across a great stand-alone tofu dish: Michael Natkin’s Thai Tofu Salad from Herbivoracious.

One of the biggest complaints people seem to have about tofu? The rubbery texture. But Michael’s step-by-step directions on how...

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California Strawberry Day

Posted by Issy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Any excuse to celebrate a holiday about California is fine by me. When California Strawberry Day fell last Friday, I jumped on the chance to make something in celebration. When my family first moved to our home in Southern Orange County, we had a cluster of strawberry bushes in our back yard. I would gaze at the tall mountains watching over our house and pick at the ruby-ripe fruit hidden like Easter Eggs beneath the foliage. As I grew older, we tried to keep strawberries in each garden we planted, but I guess we weren’t really the green-thumb kind of family, as we (quite often) buried the seeds of our fruits and veggies in dry soil leaving them to helplessly dry out in the summer sun.

It felt only appropriate to peruse Michele Anna Jordan’s California Home Cooking for the perfect recipe to celebrate this under-the-radar holiday. As I flipped through the pages...

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