5 Ways to Get Your Roommate to Stop Eating Your Food

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I must confess that I have never had a problem with my roommates eating my food. Ever. (I’m knocking on wood as I write this) So, needless to say, I had little idea what to suggest. The only thing that comes to mind is to label everything and have each person have their own shelf. If that fails, give them food poisoning. The latter option seemed a little extreme, so I turned to my friends and asked them for some tried and true advice.

1. Psychoanalyze. Liz, the psychologist of the group and budding nurse, had to contend with this …

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Look Ma, No Oven! Sweet Potato with Parmesan and Herb Butter

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A sweet potato is a regular potato’s sassy older sister. She wants to dye its hair orange, will throw a little bit of her opinion in everything anyone says or does, but she’s one of the coolest girls anyone has ever met. That’s a sweet potato. You can fill it up with delicious toppings and flavors, but its true personality always shows and it’s just a little bit different.

These orange spuds have a natural sweetness about them that makes cooking interesting. It’s best to keep your ingredients simple so the potato’s true flavor is still present and all of the nutrients (it’s …

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One-Pot Stop: Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup

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Once the mercury dips even the tiniest bit and a cool breeze flutters across my face, I want absolutely nothing to do with the crisp, refreshing salads and tart, juicy berries of summer. All I want is something warm and cozy to snuggle up with against the chilly winds of fall. While the change in diet may be delicious, it isn’t exactly waistline-friendly.

I tend to gravitate toward greasy sandwiches, cheesy pastas, and hearty meat dishes. Anything that can be whipped up easily and can be stretched across a few meals is ok in my book. I …

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Five Ingredient Feast: Decadent Spaghetti Squash

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What if I told you I knew of a magic vegetable? A vegetable high in beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin A, and potassium. A vegetable that could be popped in the oven for an hour, cut open, and devoured immediately.

What if I told you this vegetable is basically pasta? Filling, hearty, soothing and delicious.

Friends, meet the spaghetti squash. I had no idea this vegetable existed until a family dinner at Ruby Tuesday. I ordered the side of Roasted Spaghetti Squash, topped with marinara sauce. Little did I know I was in for a scrumptious bowl …

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The After Life: Swan Song of a CSA

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The back-to-school commercials are running. Mercilessly. Chances are, you’re reading this from a dorm room (or off-campus apartment, aren’t you fancy?) on a break between classes or reading assignments. Summer’s reign is truly coming to an end, and along with that comes the death knell of a new-to-me summer staple: the CSA.

My office building decided to take part in a summer CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture, for those of you who hail from areas less populated by hipsters and/or farmers) this year, and a coworker and I pooled our resources to take half a vegetable share. So, …

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Healthy Recipes: How to Conquer Salad

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Spoiler alert: this salad has nothing to do with pot pie or with the mayonnaise-y (or plain yogurt enhanced, if you dig it) chunky spread-slash-filling that your mom used to pack in your lunch box. The “potpourri” part refers to the medley of ingredients and fluctuates depending on your fridge, stomach, and willpower. This recipe is no brainteaser, but it makes a damn good salad that will boost your energy and make you realize that no, people actually aren’t lying when they profess their LOVE for salad. So push aside that healthier-than-thou poser piling her plate with spinach and fat-free …

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5 Ingredient Feast: Frozen Greek Yogurt with Blackberries and Mint

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Ice cream is one of those foods that is pretty much universally loved. I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream? Certainly not my family. We absolutely adore it. When, as a baby, it was found that I was lactose intolerant, my mother lamented the fact that I could never eat ice cream. Later, when I was a little older and had – thankfully – grown out of my lactose intolerance, my sister and I would spend a week or so each summer visiting our Nana. The last thing my dad always said before our parents dropped us off was, …

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Big Apple, Small Basket: Week #4

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Welcome to a new summer weekly installment at SKC called Big Apple, Small Basket.  Check back to read more about Kendra’s adventures in finding, maneuvering and cooking summer dishes from the many farmers’ markets in New York City.  Click for Week #1Week #2, and Week #3. …

The San Francisco version of the subway is called BART, an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit (the train’s real name) and also Bay Area Rides Together, which is its advertising slogan.  Unfortunately for the people who named and advertise for BART, neither thing is particularly accurate.  First,

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Eat Under $10: Corn Fritters

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Every summer my grandmother buys dozens of ears of corn from the local farms and spends an afternoon shucking and cutting the kernels off the cobs to freeze. Come winter, we pull out a bag of frozen corn from the freezer and have the sweetest, creamiest dish this side of Labor Day. She used to add sugar to the kernels before freezing, but after trial and error, found that the corn was sweet enough on its own. Just a few minutes in the microwave and a couple tablespoons of butter (a Southern cooking staple).

With the corn that doesn’t make it to the freezer, my grandmother makes the most delicious corn fritters. There are two types of corn fritters in the south: the ones like fried dough balls and the ones like pancakes.

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In Season: Tomatillos

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for…salsa verde! Ay ay ay! I know I’m not the only one who gets excited over salsa verde whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant. Tangy, fresh, and a little zesty…how can you resist?!

If you love salsa verde, thank the “little tomatoes” called tomatillos. I was first introduced to these small, green fruits covered in paper-thin husks when I made chicken enchiladas verdes. After instantly falling in love with these cute lil’ fruits, I incorporated them into recipes other than typical Mexican dishes. Trust me, there’s nothing …

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