This Week at College: Moving In

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Every week we give you the latest in college news, trends, and lifestyle tips. If you have anything juicy, make sure to post it here on the Small Kitchen College facebook page, and we’ll include it in next week’s edition.

–Alexia Detweiler, Small Kitchen College Contributor.

If it’s your first year living in the dorms, you’ll probably need to go shopping. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and Walmart will become your new hang out spots as you stock up necessities and decorations for your dorm room. Bring this list with you and you’ll be prepared for dorm life.

No …

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Money Mindful Meals: Zucchini Tomato Casserole

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Last month I purchased a bike in hopes that I would get some exercise, save money on gas, and have fun roaming the city of Chicago on my new toy. I have ridden my bike less than 8 miles since date of purchase, and thus have accomplished none of the above.

The single bike ride that I have taken so far was to the farmers’ market–and I hope to ride there more before the summer ends. It was because of this trip that I learned to make Zucchini Tomato Casserole.

As I was rummaging through some tomatoes at a small …

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End of Summer Foodie Bucket List

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Summer is a big flirt.

It leads you on with its perfect evenings spent watching sunsets, cool nights spent listening to fireworks wrapped in a blanket and afternoons spent splashing in the cooling temperatures of the ocean.

It promises clam bakes, picnics and ice cream for breakfast.

It burns your skin, lightens your hair and lifts your mood.

It keeps you wondering what will tomorrow bring, and asks if the next day could possibly be any better than the present.

It has you wishing that you could freeze time and bottle those hours of sunshine and late nights under the …

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Gluten-Free the Healthy Way

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If you haven’t noticed, gluten-free is the diet of the moment. Suddenly, everywhere from chain restaurants to your local deli advertises a gluten-free menu. Is it just hype, or is a gluten allergy now far more common?

There’s no easy answer. According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, 3 million Americans have celiac disease and 18 million have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Given those figures, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing to cut out gluten. Even those without a medically diagnosed condition claim they feel better without gluten. So if you have any of the …

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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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Table for Two: DIY Dating

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In the slightly bastardized words of Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a young person enrolled in any sort of continued education must be in desperate want of a large fortune. The horror stories of subsiding off of half-packets of ramen and doubled-steeped bags of tea are, unfortunately, all true. And having recently passed into the academic afterlife, I am here as the bearer of bad news to tell you another depressing fact of life: it doesn’t get much better. I’ve spent the past three months living under my (incredibly generous) parents’ roof, working a hostessing job …

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Review: Petit Amuse

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If someone wants to cheer me up, they know to surprise me with food. Whether it’s an exotic chocolate bar or a new type of jam, I love trying new products. Clearly, I’m not alone, as there’s an entire market of subscription food boxes that will send you a monthly supply of goodies. One new company, Petit Amuse, combines this model with the growing artisanal food movement. For $10 a month, you get a sampler box of items from small food producers.

The box gives you a taste of each item, so you get to sample one or two …

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Preserving the Harvest: 30 Minute Pickled Jalapenos

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This week, I bring you the easiest pickling project I have ever done: pickled jalapeños.

It has been a very hectic week on the farm. Pig escapes and windstorms have added excitement to the harvesting routine, which is currently in full swing. We are short a few helping hands due to mid-summer vacations and family emergencies. The to-do list continues to grow by the hour…

But, while busy, mid-summer remains one of the most rewarding parts of the season. Harvesting occurs daily, and the kitchen is filling up fast. We are eating as many green beans, beets, carrots, ears …

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DIY Raw Nut Butter

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Or, that one time I killed my mom’s vintage food processor.

Nut butter is an essential for any kitchen. I like to spread it on toast, plop it into smoothies, swirl it into baked goods, and admittedly eat it by the spoonful. The decadence is unparalleled by any plant food. Peanut butter has a certain childhood sweetness to it, while almond butter has some grown-up heft. Coconut butter is creamy and exotic, and cashew butter is a great alternative to classic nut spreads. Traditional roasted nut butter is still good for ya, but for the greatest health benefits you’ve

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The After Life: Top 10 Reasons You Need a Career Mentor

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You’ve gotten over your first-day-on-the-job jitters, and you’re no longer being taken out for celebratory drinks and congratulatory dinners a few nights a week. You can get through a whole day at work without having to ask a hundred questions, and your coworkers are even starting to trust you with your own projects. Work life is starting to seem downright ordinary–ho-hum, even.

So, time to put your feet up on the desk and coast, right?

Wrong.

At this stage in your career, your learning curve should never flatten. Constantly seeking outlets to challenge yourself will not only keep you …

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