Sarah Trautman

Sarah Trautman

Sarah Trautman is a junior at Carleton College in Minnesota. She just studied abroad in Ireland on a literature program but will return to academics, snow, and running Track and Field in the winter. From seafood prep-chef on a commune to dorm birthday cake-baker and employee of the campus chocolate-chip cookie house, she especially loves the added challenge of cooking while camping.

Favorite Healthful Food: Sweet potato fries and hummus

Tastiest Travel Experience: Caramelized brown bread ice cream in Ireland. (Also had blue cheese ice cream there, not so good.)

Most Viable Hangover Cure: Bagels (in quantity, with coffee)

Best Breakfast: Plain whole-fat yogurt, granola, and blueberries

Culinary Pet Peeve: Kitchens that remain tidy while cooking

The Eaters Among Us: Talene Monahon

Talene

Talene Monahon is a runner, actress, and conscientious foodie currently attending Dartmouth College. She was a pescetarian (she ate fish but no other meat) who called herself a vegetarian for years, until I corrected her one too many times and she finally became a vegetarian when she got tired of me correcting her. We most recently spent a month in New York making sweet potato fries with sauteed onions, broccoli, and mushrooms. Her busy lifestyle at school, packed with acting, directing, a cappella, classes, babysitting, and being a writing tutor sometimes necessitates quick meals, but with some creativity even …

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In Season: Garlic

Garlic

Garlic’s pungency makes it a highly recognizable ingredient, whether sauteed for sweetness or minced and mixed. Its strong flavor may be an indicator of its power as a mosquito repellent, fortifier for health, aphrodisiac and, obviously, vampire repellent. I once ate a “garlic bomb”—a huge chunk of garlic wrapped in cheese—to repel mosquitoes, and I think it worked, if only because I felt like I was sweating garlic. However, you’ll find below many better ways to enjoy garlic.

**All About Garlic**

In Season: Garlic

When to Buy:
Anytime! Garlic keeps through the winter, and can be harvested all summer …

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How To: Get out of a Kitchen Pickle

Catastrophe

We’ve all been there–that moment of panic when $#it hits the fan. In the kitchen, I’ve done everything from burned toast to set an entire pan of oil on fire (watch out when you make falafel). I think that mistakes are as inherent to cooking as messes, and more useful.

Although I haven’t learned how to stop making mistakes, I have learned from experiencing regular chaos in the kitchen that it’s important to stay calm. An intense fear of my parents discovering what havoc I had most recently wrecked perhaps taught me to react quickly, and I have therefore …

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The Dorm Room Bar: Peppermint Patty Shots

Valentine's Day Shots

Like it or not, Valentine’s day is fast approaching. For college students whose hearts are spoken for, there are romantic dinners, wine, and sushi to look forward to, or, a lovely evening in. For college students not in a committed relationship, there are pints of Haagen Dazs… but let’s rewrite that sad story. There are also Valentine’s day parties!

Like it or not, Valentine’s day is fast approaching. For college students whose hearts are spoken for, there are romantic dinners, wine, and sushi to look forward to, or, a lovely evening in. For college students not in a committed relationship, there are pints of Haagen Dazs… but let’s rewrite that sad story. There are also Valentine’s day parties!

Peppermint Patties are great, but Peppermint Patty Shots are better. They are a sugar-soaked combination of peppermint schnapps, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream, perfect for toasting love or singledom. Note: they must be consumed in a very particular way. See below.

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Sweet Dreamin’: Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

On my mom’s birthday, I wanted to make her something special—especially because she is an intuitive cook with an extensive recipe collection. Usually for birthdays my family makes a Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from a cookbook entitled “Rosie’s All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book,” which, don’t get me wrong, is awesome. However, the cake is so rich that even a yearly indulgence risks artery-stoppage. So I made this cake instead: an Angel Food Cake, as different as could be from our Sour Cream Chocolate standby. It is light, fluffy, and delicately flavored. The batter tastes like marshmallow taffy!…

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Healthy Homemade: Wild Rice Salad

Rice

In my kitchen, I’m still thinking about the basics, so today I’m thinking about rice: Rice is to the world as corn is to America. It is a staple for half the world’s population, and makes up 60% of the total food intake in Southeast Asia. It supplies more calories and protein per area cultivated than corn or wheat, but is much less efficient than those in terms of water usage. Like corn, it is often consumed in processed form (white rice), but rice is widely available in hardier, more nutritional varieties (brown rice, wild rice, and heritage breeds). I …

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In Season: Sweet Potatoes

sweetpotato

Sweet potatoes are a power-packed root vegetable. They are an ancient American staple, and, I think, one of the world’s most under-appreciated crops. They came to my attention when Runner’s World, I think, featured them in their “Top 10 Foods for Runners.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest found sweet potatoes to have the highest nutritional value of any vegetable because of their high levels of iron, protein, vitamins C, A, and B6,calcium, and complex carbohydrates. Compared to other crops, they produce more food per acre with less labor and in poorer soil than most crops. Heirloom varieties …

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Sweet potatoes are a power-packed root vegetable. They are an ancient American staple, and, I think, one of the world’s most under-appreciated crops. They came to my attention when Runner’s World, I think, featured them in their “Top 10 Foods for Runners.” More recently, my love for them was tested when I ate sweet potato fries nearly every night for a month when I was living in New York City—but the day I got home, I made them again. They require so few ingredients, are really quick and easy to make, and are incredibly delicious! You’ll never go back to …

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Study Break Snacks: Stove Top Popcorn

Popcorn, and many ingenious toppings

From maize to MON-810 (a transgenic strain banned in France), corn has massively evolved in America. Over thousands of years of domestication, maize has been selectively bred from a leafy grass with edible seeds to a genetically modified giant. (Cob length alone at least tripled.) Today, an estimated 85% of American corn is genetically modified for higher yields and disease resistance; of the total, about a third is used for ethanol and half fed to beef cattle, with the remainder processed to become sweeteners. Therefore, I am grateful for popcorn, which has miraculously beat the un-delicious odds and ended …

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DIY: Grow Your Own

Avocado

Have you heard the story of the White House garden?

Michelle Obama got bit by the healthy lifestyle bug when her family found itself busy on the campaign trail, eating what was convenient instead of what was good. At first, she just bought more fruits and vegetables like a normal parent. But by the time the Obamas moved into the White House, Michelle was thinking about the big picture: where food grows, how it grows, how far it travels, and how people rarely know the answer to these questions. So Michelle established a White House garden to see for herself, …

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