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Getting Panini Happy

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’m not quite sure of when it started, but I have recently become obsessed with panini. If I weren’t trying to eat a semi-balanced diet, I could literally have a panini for every single meal and be happy. I fully admit I made my mom buy a panini press for our house, and then made her buy me my own when I moved into my college apartment. It doubles as a grill, so not only can I make sandwiches on it, but I also can use it for grilling vegetables and meat without having to buy a full-sized grill… which I wouldn’t be able to afford anyway on account of being a poor grad student and living in small, rundown apartments with nowhere to put an outdoor grill…

So panini presses are just perfect for folks like me! But really, even if you have a bigger budget and more square footage/outdoor space...

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I Left My Heart [and Stomach] in Europe

Posted by Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My sister recently left on a two-week musical tour of Europe—the very same trip I embarked on during my junior year of high school. Not only does she get to visit seven countries, but her group also performs in almost every city they visit. She will get to play her cello in the green parks of London, high up in the Swiss Alps, and in the soaring cathedrals of Paris. Needless to say, I’m envious. It’s a really amazing program that mingles travel and music, and the same people come out every year to listen and appreciate the music these high schoolers play– we probably improve international relations better than any politician ever could!

I’m most excited for my sister to try real European cuisine. She’s a foodie with a pretty refined palate and a very open mind for a 17-year-old. Although many of her meals are provided, her lunches are...

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Best of the Web: 4th of July

Posted by Lindsay

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Can you believe it’s July already? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this summer has just been flying by! Anyone know where June went…?

July means that my summer classes will be starting, but it also means time to celebrate America! If I’ve learned anything from watching the World Cup these past couple of weeks, it’s that Americans love showing off that red, white, and blue pride. And what better way is there to commemorate tomorrow’s holiday than by sporting those colors while serving up an outdoor BBQ followed, of course, by some fireworks? So don your American flag t-shirts and shorts, paint little flags and stars on your face, or dye your hair red, white, and blue– whatever it is you need to do to express your patriotism! I know that I’ll be showing it off through my food. Last week I put together a list of drinks that...

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How To: Throw a 4th of July Picnic

Posted by Elizabeth

Monday, June 30, 2014

Red White & Blue 4th of July Cake Balls

Red, White & Blue Cake Balls from Cake Balls by Dede Wilson

This is my first Fourth of July in Boston, and I’m pretty psyched to watch the fireworks over the Charles River, listen to the Boston Pops play, and eat plenty of scrumptious, patriotic food. If you’re planning on spending your holiday outside, chowing down picnic-style like me, then you’re in luck. I’ve put together a special July 4th Picnic menu, from drinks and appetizers to dessert. Enjoy and have a safe and happy holiday!

For a refreshing and delicious cocktail to start, pack a pitcher of Watermelon Cooler from Organic, Shaken and Stirred. It tastes just as fabulous in plastic cups (and we swear striped straws make everything more fun).

Deviled eggs are scrumptious, filling, and perfect for party picnics– not to mention, an American tradition (if you’re from the South at least!). If you’re hankering for something a bit unconventional, bring along a plate...

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