10 Ways to Dress Up Toast For Yourself or Your Party

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Instead of slathering on grape or strawberry jelly, turn to the fruit that was made for If you have time, caramelize slices of banana in butter and sugar before arranging to your liking on the bed of peanut butter, or any nut butter you prefer. Give peanut butter’s cousins a try ­– almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower butter if you have nut allergies.   Runny Egg Source: Huffington Post No explanation needed. Just poach or fry up an egg, the only rule being don’t cook the yolk through. You NEED a runny yolk for this to qualify as egg on toast.

The ingredients in this particular recipe may be higher end and more pricey, but still worth it and makes you feel like you’re engaging in fine dining, but right in the comfort of your own kitchen.   Strawberry, Balsamic Vinegar, and Basil Source: Non-stop Crazy Strawberries meet balsamic vinegar in a clash of sweet and sour, but it works



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Feeling Food

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Unlike breathing air and REM sleep, eating is one of our basic human needs that we invest emotional meanings in (another of such primordial needs would be sex, but that’s for my senior thesis and not for our article today). The collocation of food and feelings would usually lead to the topic of emotional eating—that is, eating to fill your heart and not your stomach—and there is much online about that. But we’re going to explore other aspects of our emotional relationship with food, like how what we mindlessly do everyday in front of TV screens or newspaper spreads has the potential to be more deeply fulfilling…and therapeutic even.

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Your Guide to Pres Lawn Picnics

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With summer just around the corner, the President’s Lawn (or Pres Lawn, as it’s affectionately called) is now the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon. Rather than spend your meal time cooped up inside one of the dining halls, try a putting together a picnic to enjoy with a group of friends and soak up some sun. If your not frantically cramming for your summer organic chemistry class and have some extra time, you’ll find that Tufts and Somerville have everything you’ll need to create a great picnic lunch. The best picnic, in my opinion, is what my friends and I like to call the “Euro Lunch.” Rather than buy a whole bunch of prepared foods, buy a selection of quality ingredients that lend themselves well to a prolonged, leisurely meal.

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A Guide to Cooking Oils

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Extra-virgin olive oil has very low acidity and is best used uncooked (on salads or bread), so you can appreciate its high quality. You can also check some essential oils that can be infused to your next food preparation. I know one good site that specializes in it. Have a look at their content, you will surely find them very informative: https://www.gotoilsupplies.com Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is a blend of corn, soybean, palm, sunflower, and other oils. It is very commonly used for frying and cooking desserts when the flavor of olives is not ideal. Because of its neutral taste and low price, it is used in a huge variety of dishes.

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Restaurant Review: Gourmet Dumpling House lives up to its name

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It might not be a sure tactic, but keeping my eyes out for odd and bizarre items on restaurant menus have almost always led to traditional ethnic cuisine. For Gourmet Dumpling House, it was the presence of spiced pig ears and cured jellyfish. Despite these curious culinary distractions, Gourmet Dumpling House excels in what their name boasts: gourmet dumplings. After all, what better way to ring in Chinese New Year than with the “golden ingots” of Chinese cuisine. In fact, legend has it that the Treasure God felt sorry for the poor family that scraped together whatever food they had left to make these dumplings and blessed them with real ingots.

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Elephant in the Room: Eating Alone

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I also find myself getting a plateful of craisin nut bars. So here I am, eating an unusually large amount of food while sitting alone at a large table in a crowded This has to be one of the worst situations. I wouldn’t go to great lengths to call myself self-conscious. In fact, I enjoy being by myself. I’m fine with taking walks and admiring nature, or even chilling on the T to get bacon and mashed potato pizza in Harvard Square at Otto. When I can get my mind to relax, I feel like any situation is feasible. But why is eating at the cafeteria so hard to do?

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Chic Korea: Meju in Davis Square

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After much fanfare, Davis Square’s new darling Meju has finally opened. While its sibling Bibim in Allston prides itself on a homely interior setup, Meju’s interior is far more sleek and modern, with clean intricate chandeliers and a well-stocked, minimalist bar on the side. Despite the contemporary setup, Meju doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel in terms of its food. Its soft opening offered a limited menu emphasizing traditional Korean comfort street foods. [foogallery id="292"] We started off with tteokbokki, the iconic sticky rice cakes slathered in the iconic fermented chili paste, gochujang. With the basic ingredients in hand, this is a dish that tends to be rather standard across all Korean establishments.

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How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

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It’s a small, flexible spatula that efficiently removes leftover food from your dishes. This one from Amazon is inexpensive and very intuitive to use.

Source: Earth Easy 3. Try to use the dishwasher rather than hand-wash your dishes, and only run full, efficiently-packed loads.

Source: Dawne Webber 4. Avoid using the garbage disposal, which requires large amounts of water to run, and scrape waste into the trash can.

Source: Reddit 5. When washing fruits or vegetables, fill a bowl with water to wash them in rather than using a lot of running water. This way all of your produce for one meal is washed in less than a quart of water rather than multiple gallons.

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Tasty Tufts Taste Test: Vanilla Greek Yogurt

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For this Tasty Tufts Taste Test, or quadruple T for short, I decided to look into everyone’s go-to breakfast item: Greek yogurt. I’ve seen numerous students making epic parfaits at the dining hall, coating the yogurt in cinnamon, craisins, raisins, granola, honey and anything else you could possibly think of but I was curious to see what people felt about the yogurt on its own. I got my daily exercise in by walking to the nearest Stop and Shop and bought five different kinds of vanilla Greek yogurt: Yoplait 100, Stop and Shop store brand, Dannon Oikos, Chobani and Dannon Light & Fit.

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Food Memoirs

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  If you’re someone that likes to cook and eat good food, chances are your other leisure activities will reflect that as well. Maybe you visit new cities with the intention of visiting a new restaurant, or your idea of a fun weekend outing is going to a chocolate tasting. One of my favorite things to do is read food novels and memoirs. Sometimes recipes are sprinkled into the chapters, but the focus is on the experience of cooking and learning about food. Food and cooking can evoke a whole range of emotions, so there’s guaranteed to be a book out there that appeals to any type of food-enthusiast.

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What April Showers Bring: Spring Produce in New England

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While New England doesn’t get to enjoy the full extent of the harvest, their strong flavor (garlicky like a more potent shallot but with the shape and utility of a spring onion) makes them worth the attention. Any seriously garlicky endeavor, from aioli to pasta sauces, risottos, or Asian sauces, would be a worthwhile use. Serious Eats: 7 Things to Do with Garlic Scapes  Martha Stewart: Ramps and Spring Onions  Fiddleheads, Morels and Nettles Source: Closet Cooking Fiddleheads are a pretty unique local food. You’re not going to find these at most supermarkets but these foraged treats show up around April and May in farmers markets.

Any seriously garlicky endeavor, from aioli to pasta sauces, risottos, or Asian sauces, would be a worthwhile use. Serious Eats: 7 Things to Do with Garlic Scapes  Martha Stewart: Ramps and Spring Onions  Fiddleheads, Morels and Nettles Source: Closet Cooking Fiddleheads are a pretty unique local food

Leftovers can and should be pickled, since the season is short and fleeting. Martha Stewart: Sautéed Fiddleheads Saveur: Thai Fern Curry (Yum Pak Grood) Nettles likewise only show up in farmers markets and foraging baskets

Leftovers can and should be pickled, since the season is short and fleeting. Martha Stewart: Sautéed Fiddleheads Saveur: Thai Fern Curry (Yum Pak Grood) Nettles likewise only show up in farmers markets and foraging baskets

While most people think they’re weeds, a quick blanch will leech out the ‘sting’ and leave you with a tasty, bright reminder of the end of winter, perfect for warmer days and the lighter recipes they bring. Salty Seattle: Nettle Gnocchi Food and Wine: Garlic Cream and Nettle Pizza Source: Martha Stewart Morels are a special wild mushroom prized in seasonal cuisine for their unique texture

While most people think they’re weeds, a quick blanch will leech out the ‘sting’ and leave you with a tasty, bright reminder of the end of winter, perfect for warmer days and the lighter recipes they bring. Salty Seattle: Nettle Gnocchi Food and Wine: Garlic Cream and Nettle Pizza Source: Martha Stewart Morels are a special wild mushroom prized in seasonal cuisine for their unique texture

They’re best enjoyed fresh or cooked and frozen, though you can ‘flash freeze’ them by quickly soaking them in water to build up a thin layer of ice.  Saveur: Morels in Cream Sauce Nutmeg Nanny: Pan-fried Morels Fresh Herbs It’s not always easy to find local herbs outside of the imported clamshells in the supermarket

They’re best enjoyed fresh or cooked and frozen, though you can ‘flash freeze’ them by quickly soaking them in water to build up a thin layer of ice.  Saveur: Morels in Cream Sauce Nutmeg Nanny: Pan-fried Morels Fresh Herbs It’s not always easy to find local herbs outside of the imported clamshells in the supermarket

If you’re not going to be here this summer, though, you should take advantage of the abundance of local mint, basil, parsley, and cilantro, which unlike some other herbs are best enjoyed fresh.  Spoonful: Spring Couscous with Fresh Mint, Asparagus, and Peas Simply Recipes: Fresh Basil Pesto White on Rice Couple: Spring Rolls Late and Early-Season Roots Source: Maine Today After months of living out of the root cellar, the prospect of eating more parsnips, carrots, or turnips may be daunting

If you’re not going to be here this summer, though, you should take advantage of the abundance of local mint, basil, parsley, and cilantro, which unlike some other herbs are best enjoyed fresh.  Spoonful: Spring Couscous with Fresh Mint, Asparagus, and Peas Simply Recipes: Fresh Basil Pesto White on Rice Couple: Spring Rolls Late and Early-Season Roots Source: Maine Today After months of living out of the root cellar, the prospect of eating more parsnips, carrots, or turnips may be daunting



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