Eaters Among Us: Avery Ruzicka

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I met Avery through work, and after hearing tidbits of her fascinating life–living in France for a year, staging at Per Se, baking bread at Manresa, moving across the country spur of the moment, just to name a few examples–I followed her around like a puppy dog to learn more about her fascinating life. As a baker, chef, and college graduate, she has some really great insight into life, living for the moment and enjoying yourself in the kitchen!

Kelsey Krasnigor: You’ve traveled quite a bit, so what is your favorite food city/location?

Avery Ruzicka: New York City

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California Road Trippin’: Roasted Garlic Ice Cream

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You can’t call yourself a true garlic lover until you’re daring enough to try garlic ice cream…and like it. I fell in love with garlic ice cream back in 2006 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, one of the largest food festivals in the United States with food, drinks, arts & crafts and live entertainment. It’s a garlic lover’s paradise with garlic-enhanced dishes like calamari, scampi, garlic fries, and of course, garlic bread.

Garlic ice cream is really an acquired taste that people often find difficult to describe. If you aren’t one of the many who hate

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This Week at College: Rom-Coms, Sweatpants and Running Shoes

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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.

–Bethany Imondi, Small Kitchen College Contributor.

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Whether it’s Meg Ryan with her pastrami sandwich in When Harry Met Sally or Tom Hanks climbing the Space Needle in Sleepless in Seattle, we all have our list of favorite cheesy, and classic movie scenes that take our emotions on a roller coaster. In a tribute to Nora Ephron, the …

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SKC Abroad: Marrakech Express

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I’d like to preface this post by saying that Americans are all wrong about food. All of our individually-packaged, single-order meals create a society that’s all about selfish eating (this one is mine and that one is yours). We even have individually-wrapped cheese! “Family-style” is a generally associated with eating at home or hokey, themed restaurants. But we’re wrong, food shouldn’t be hoarded, it should be shared down to the last bite.

While the real Marrakech Express refers to the train Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, and Nash) took from Casablanca to Marrakech, Morocco, my travel buddy and fellow American …

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Hog Roast with a Healthy Twist

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Early last week, I returned to the United States for the first time in a year. After a year of adapting to other cultures, I was ready to unleash my inner American. And what better time to do so than the Fourth of July?

For the Fourth, I was craving something over-the-top American. Yet I was also concerned about poor American eating habits, which are extremely evident to me after spending a year abroad. Upon re-entry to Iowa, I was struck by the commonness of obesity in my home state. Where as before it seemed normal, now …

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Big Apple, Small Basket: Week #1

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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.

Landing a supercool internship in New York City for the summer meant one big thing: I’d be leaving home (the San Francisco Bay Area) and my other home (Chicago, where I go to school) for two months to live and work in a buzzing metropolis that I’d only ever been a wide-eyed tourist in before.  New York City?!  My palms sweat …

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This Week at College: A Time of Celebration

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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.

–Bethany Imondi, Small Kitchen College Contributor.

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Although the Forth of July may be behind us, there is no reason you can’t deck yourself out in patriotic fashion. Celebrate America any day of the year with these festive red, white and blue looks.

If you’re like most people, you probably enjoyed some fireworks and a barbecue on Independence …

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Eaters Among Us: Poppy Tooker

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Poppy Tooker is a native New Orleanian and culinary activist. Her motto is “Eat It To Save It,” which she has used to revive endangered foods across the U.S. and abroad through her collaboration with Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. She is the host and producer of Louisiana Eats!, a local radio station’s weekly program for people who cook and people who love to eat. If you’re in the area, her show airs on WWNO 89.9 FM on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. She was recognized by the Times Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving …

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Life on a Vineyard: The Food

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As you saw in my last post, life on the vineyard is hard work. Six days a week, morning to night tending grapevines; pruning them, training them to supports and cultivating the fields with tractors and horses.

If there is one rule any farmer knows best, it’s this: hard work necessitates revitalizing breaks. Most breaks are built around meals. Breakfast must be filling, lunch must be light and fuss-free, dinner must be hearty and rejuvenating. Meals were a time to kick off your shoes, lean back in your chair, eat your fill, socialize, and generally recharge.

And …

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This Week at College: Looking Your Best

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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.

–Bethany Imondi, Small Kitchen College Contributor.

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When the temperature rises, the last thing you ought to be wearing is dark hues. Learn how to wear one of the season’s hottest trend, colored shorts, for a chic and updated look for the summer heat.

Your makeup cabinet might be your first stop to update your look, but your …

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