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Eating Clean

If “food is (but) fuel”, then eating clean is an unnecessary lifestyle choice. Fortunately, what we imbibe has an importance far greater than the kilojoules it provides. “You are what you eat,” and eating clean helps to make sure that what you put into your body is what your body needs, not what advertisers need you to want. Read more

Aromatic Bases Around the World

What is an aromatic base? While your mind may not be familiar with the term, chances are your nose and mouth are. Aromatic bases are the fragrant aromas coming from the kitchen and the deep, rich flavors you taste in cuisines across the world. Interestingly enough, whether a dish is cooked in Italy or across oceans in India, it may share many of the same base flavors that make the taste so great. Throughout cultures, the bases may have different names, ratios, or ingredients, but their spirit is the same, as is often the preparation. Generally, cooking an aromatic base involves sweating its ingredients in a designated fat until the vegetables are transparent. Letting them brown or sizzle means they are not cooking to their full flavorful extent. But now, let’s take a closer look into the flavor combinations that drive our favorite foods.

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Instant Coffee: Your Emergency Guide

Instant coffee is, in my opinion, a for-emergencies-only sort of purchase not unlike the strange canned food you keep in the pantry in case of a natural disaster that would preclude your going to the grocery store. It’s never a first choice, but it can come in handy under dire circumstances. Midterms often engender such circumstances: while cramming at some ungodly hour, you realize that no café on or off campus is open to provide a caffeine fix. Instant coffee sounds pretty damn appealing. Read more

Yoshi’s: Powderhouse Square’s Answer to Tasty Japanese Cuisine

“I looooove Yoshi’s!”

A group of Tufts students sat on the other end of the restaurant, settling their check as the dinner crowd started streaming into the College Ave. establishment. The girl who expressed her ardent amour could have been gushing about the 10% student discount, but judging by the delicious food, the love probably began when their first bento set appeared. Read more

Bake with me! A Beginner’s Guide to Baking Dairy-Free Pumpkin Bread

Around this time of year, a phenomenon happens that turns everything in the supermarket into pumpkin flavored forms that seem downright wrong but tastes so right. Yup, the pumpkin-flavored-everything obsession is about to hit us! In preparation for this contagious fad, I have put together a step-by-step guide to making dairy-free pumpkin bread. This recipe is easy to make even in a dorm kitchen and it is a wonderful complement to any autumn dish. Impress your friends, co-workers, and people who you secretly want to win over with this easy seasonal dessert! There is no butter, no milk, and LOTS of pumpkiny goodness packed into this dessert (but it can be eaten for any meal really…). So time to get your apron and oven mitt on and follow this guide adorned with Instagram pics that documented the steps!

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Dining Hall Hacks: The Panini Press Isn’t Just For Sandwiches Anymore

After I realized how excited everyone gets for the days that grilled cheeses are pre-made and served at Dewick or Carm, I began to think about how you can not only make these yourselves, but that there are also dozens of other delicious meals you can (surprisingly) make on the Panini press. Read more

A Walk Down Boston Ave From Your Tri-State Area Pizza Experts

The Contenders: Pizza Days, Espresso, Nick’s, Pranzi’s, Helen’s, Dominos, Cristo’s

 The Experts: Wishing to remain anonymous we have Thing 1Thing 2, and occasionally myself. Hailing form New Jersey and New York, respectively, Thing 1 and Thing 2 are self-proclaimed pizza lovers who are honestly, without a doubt, the most passionate pizza-eaters I have ever met.

Criteria: Taste, Quality, Crust, Price/Convenience, Guilt Read more

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