Cooking with leftovers in mind

26 December, 2008

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Happy holidays! The dynamic duo of finals week + the holiday season has finally let up enough for me to tend to my blog.

A hearty helping of baked ziti warms the soul on a frosty winter night. Even better, this dish lends itself to being stowed in the refrigerator and reheated later. I made a big bowl of it when it came time for my finals week, and plan to make some more now that I’m home. The more people you can share this with, the merrier! Read the rest of this entry »

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Short sabbatical to stay a Sane Student

12 December, 2008

As you may now know, I am a full-time college student and just as entrenched in studying for final exams as I am gearing up for the holidays.

I began this blog and maintained it to fulfill requirements for my Online Journalism class this past semester. Although I plan to continue tending to Hungry Student, I am taking a break to make sure my GPA survives this next week unscathed. Graduating summa cum laude is within my reach, according to my advisor, and I’m going for it!

I am also eagerly awaiting to hear from The Boston Globe. I applied for their internship program about a month ago, got flown up last Thursday for an interview as one of 12 finalists, and should hear from them before Christmas.

So, I hope to return to you around Christmastime with great news and more delicious food. After all, how cool would it be if I stuck with this long enough to change the name to Hungry Journalist?

That said, please be patient during my brief sabbatical. I shall return to you soon!

Be well,

Stacy


Let the holiday baking begin!

12 December, 2008

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Christmas cookies have always meant a lot in our house. Over the years, holiday baking blitzes have featured gingerbread, cut-out sugar cookies, spritz cookies and some famous oatmeal raisin cookies. As you can see above, it’s usually been a family afair. Top: From left to right, that’s Derrick (now 20!), my momma (now younger than ever!) and me. I’d guess I was 4 or 5 in this picture. And bottom… well, I’m sure you can figure it out. Read the rest of this entry »


Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Cookies

1 December, 2008

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This is by far one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes. These never fail to come out looking and tasting fantastic. The recipe itself, which I originally found on The Adventures of SuperWife and tweaked ever so slightly, requires a bit of assembly. But then how else did you think that gooey peanut butter filling got into the chewy chocolate cookies? Read the rest of this entry »


A Hungry Student Thanksgiving, on a Hungry Student budget

30 November, 2008

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All the Thanksgiving fuss has finally died down and that means I’ve (finally!) uploaded some photos.

In the last week I have not only eaten yet another turkey day meal that was lovingly cooked by my mother, but also prepared one of my own! That makes it two years in a row that I’ve roasted a big ol’ turkey breast and prepared assorted sides in a Townhouse kitchen. Rowan University students: It can be done!

But how?

  • Momma Jones was kind enough buy me a 7 lb. turkey breast and share some of her spare sweet potatoes when I was home for the Jones Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.
  • A friend of mine surprised me by completing our “Help! I have to cook today and need things! Give me a ride!?” shopping trip by paying for the cheeses for the mac and cheese and dessert fixins’.
  • And my roommate Maggie and her friend Dandy were kind enough to pick up some sparkling pomegranate apple cider to whet our whistles and cranberry sauce.

The lesson here? Make time to cook for your family and friends, and you shall be rewarded time and again. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »


Thanksgiving tips from my Bee

21 November, 2008

After the festivities at the dinner table at last weekend’s Jones Thanksgiving, delectable pies and all, my grandmother and I wound up at the kitchen table sipping tea and talking about her Thanksgiving tips. We were both weary from the meal and trying to soothe our stomachs with some peppermint tea.

All of her tips are good ‘uns, and I figured I’d share as everyone gears up for their big dinners. Especially since I’m still having difficulties getting recipes out of Momma. Don’t worry. I’ll break her down soon.

Anyway, what follows is a transcript from our chat. A heads up: I call my grandmother Bee. Always have, always will. Read the rest of this entry »


Red Velvet Cupcakes (from scratch!) with Cream Cheese Frosting

19 November, 2008

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Two weekends ago The Whit’s office got a new coat of paint… or paints. We painted most of the room a beige called “Westward Ho” and used “Red Velvet Cake” as our accent color for one and one-third or so of another wall. Needless to say, the rich velvety red inspired me to bake after I got over the shock of seeing it all over my shoes.

I meant to bake these cupcakes last week, to up the already tangible WOW factor in the office and treat the newspaper’s staff. The November slump has hit them too, and I’m hoping the baked goods will be a pick me up. Unfortunately, my work load was not conducive to a leisurely Tuesday afternoon in the kitchen last week. Luckily, this afternoon was. Photos aplenty, along with the recipe, await you after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »