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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How to: Make Fitness Fun

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I remember being 8 years old and playing “Tag” late into a warm, summer evening. Barefoot, I padded through the dewy, emerald glades of my neighbor’s lawn, as I prepared to sprint for the designated safe area.  My heart pounded to the breathless countdown in my head.

Three. Thud. Two. Thud, thud. One. And…GO!

My limbs roared to life, gathering speed beneath me with every stride. I took off flying around the corner, aware that my brother would be in hot pursuit within seconds. The wind whipped through my hair, and I heard the tell-tale rhythm of my brother’s gait

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Owning the Omelet in 6 Easy Steps

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Mastering the omelet is a skill that takes some practice but is essential to any college cook’s repertoire.  Omelets are a great meal at any time of day, they’re easy and take less than 10 minutes to prepare.  The issue: so many of us end up with a scrambled mess that may taste good, but doesn’t look all that appetizing. Follow these 6 basic steps to make the perfect omelet.

**How to Make the Perfect Omelet**

1. Select the right type of pan. I suggest a 7-10’’ non-stick frying pan.

2. Pick your ingredients. A common mistake is adding too …

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How to Find a Farming Internship

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It’s that time of year again: school is out, the sun is shining, and after the necessary recovery week in front of your parents’ TV, you are looking for something to do over the summer. Perhaps you are considering a farm internship or WWOOFing – but you have no idea how to find a farm. It is important to find a farm that fits your interests and your comfort level.

After having to re-plan my summer of WWOOFing in one night, I have had my share of contacting farms. Here is my guide to help you find and contact the …

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How To: Photograph Food without a Fancy Camera

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How do I love food blogging? Let me count the ways. You have the pleasure of experimenting with new recipes, writing about your adventures in the kitchen, and of course, eating the masterpieces you have created. But what about photographing the food? You can literally end up writing a book about the food, but it’s the pictures that are truly worth a thousand words. To me, it’s the best way to capture the experience of making and enjoying the final product.

My friends often ask me what kind of camera I have when I post my food photos. You

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Green Tip: Grow It Yourself

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After moving into my first apartment this September, I was overly excited to start all of my domestic DIY projects that I couldn’t do in the dorms—brewing kombucha and beer, canning fruit, baking bread, and growing herbs. I eagerly biked to the Union Square farmer’s market and filled my basket full of baby basil, cilantro, and parsley plants. I brought them home and placed all of my new plants next to my roommate’s sage and rosemary on the windowsill. For the rest of Fall, we had a happy herb garden in our kitchen, using the herbs daily to flavor …

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Nutrition and Health Tip: DIY Cardio Circuit Workout

“Tomorrow, I will go to the gym.”

How many times have you found yourself thinking that exact string of words as you polish off the last of the mushroom lasagna curled up on the couch in front or a re-run of “The Real Housewives.”

Let’s face it, the winter season comes with an almost biological longing for rich, comforting foods and trashy network television at the expense of a very similar biological turn-away for all time spent outdoors. It’s cold and it’s dark, and for the December to March months I find myself in mini-hibernation mode as thick as my …

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How To Celebrate a 21st Birthday

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I love birthdays. While I’m not above being a sucker for my own big day, I also enjoy hyping up my friends’ birthdays. I’ve perfected the art of the flawless homemade card, am a pro at scouring Durham boutiques for a gasp-worthy present, know the intricate ins and outs of streamer hanging, and could publish a guidebook on how to write a flawless Facebook happy birthday wall post. While all birthdays are exciting, celebrating a 21st birthday is in a league of its own and is really all about the booze (sorry Mom–we’re legal now!). Last week, my most fun-loving friend, Katie, turned 21, and so we celebrated accordingly. Follow this guide, and you can too.

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How To: Pack Snacks that Matter

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The picture above shows the number of things I juggle on my way out the door when leaving for school in the morning. Packing is a nightmare, and sometimes it’s all I can do to make it to the car without dropping something, much less remembering everything. More often than not, I forget to grab a snack of some kind, which leaves me anxiously awaiting lunch from the minute I leave the house. So, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to change my ways, and so far I’ve been successful! Read on for the things I’ve learned in my …

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How To: Win Your Next Chili Contest in 5 Easy Steps

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When I found out that the pub I often frequent was having a chili cook-off I was excited. When I found out it was on New Year’s Day I was alarmed. While I enjoy cooking, I was not ready to sacrifice any fun on New Year’s Eve for the sake of chili and counted on luck to wake up early enough on New Year’s Day to make a pot of award-winning-chili. After forgetting to set an alarm the previous evening, I woke up later than planned and was in no state to cook. With some moral support, one friend who …

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How to: Booze Your Food

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In today’s busy world who has time to eat and drink? Even socially, how am I supposed to efficiently share all my fascinating opinions with a constant mouthful of whatever the kids are drinking these days? I make time to eat only because the unholy racket of my growling stomach disrupts my train of thought.

If you find that you only have time for two of the following—eating, drinking and texting—these tips can help improve your quality of life. Food and alcohol can be blended together as one for both dinner and dessert. Breakfast and lunch, you’re on your …

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How To Make Your Own Cookbook

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I tend to be on the receiving end of a lot of cookbooks on holidays. Thick or thin, I have them all. The ones from my vegetarian days, the one with instructions on how fashion a sheet cake into the Easter bunny, and an entire collection of Barefoot Contessas are all on the shelf next to the fridge. While there’s a certain excitement that comes from flipping through the glossy pages of each cookbook, next semester I’ll be moving into my first off-campus apartment with three roommates and there simply isn’t space for my entire collection. So this winter …

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The Best Ways to Stretch Your Stomach for Thanksgiving Indulgences

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Julia Child once said, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.” While Julia meant this as a manta for everyday life, her words are perfect advice for those worried about the impending Thanksgiving holiday. With only a week to go, it is easy to become overwhelmed with thoughts of indulgence. Turkey and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie are not exactly the lightest fare; however, since such great food rarely makes its presence on the table, now is the time to enjoy the classic foods of the season. Really.

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In Season: Turkey

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I am one of those people who loves Thanksgiving for basically everything except the turkey. On my family’s Thanksgiving table, sides are the star of the show — and with all of those rich, fall flavors, the turkey sort of gets lost in the shuffle. However, when we wake up the next morning, after having promised ourselves and each other we would never eat again, the focus is back on the poor, ignored turkey. The day after Thanksgiving in my household is not Black Friday: it’s Leftover Sandwich Day. And on that day, the turkey is definitely the star. However …

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How To: Cook without a Recipe

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My mom is an accountant. All day at work she stares at spreadsheets, calculating numbers and making sure everything is in order. If one number is wrong, then she risks drawing incorrect conclusions. Because of her job’s strong emphasis on numerical accuracy, for a long time she avoided the kitchen. As an accountant, she had this idea in her head that anytime she cooked from a recipe she had to follow it to a T. This meant dirtying multiple measuring containers, buying the exact listed ingredients and avoiding any recipes with complicated directions or unfamiliar items. As a result, simple things like chicken fingers, hot dogs and tacos dominated the family menu.

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How To: Make Pesto

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I love spreads, dips, and sauces! No, but I mean, REALLY LOVE. You can pretty much put them with anything and the deliciousness never seizes. Here in Florence, Italy I have come to understand that spreads, dips, and sauces are a staple anywhere you go and with whatever you choose to eat. In the Tuscan part of Italy the bread is not salted, so it is expected to add a little bit more flavor with cheese, olive oil and vinegar, jam, or pesto. And, let me tell you, there is A LOT of pesto. All of …

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How To: Keep it Green by Composting

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Banana peels, eggshells, coffee grounds… You’re probably thinking about your trashcan after breakfast, huh? Well that’s good, because that’s exactly what I had in mind. Most of us are looking for ways to be greener and friendlier to the environment. But everyone’s looking at the dinner table and not what goes into the garbage while making dinner. It turns out that one of the most efficient and convenient ways to get rid of rubbish and be green all at once has just been sitting around in the trash. Composting is a great, affordable and easy way to save …

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Cooking 101: How to De-Kernel Corn

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As summer winds to a close, so does your precious window for corn. As much as we love this particular summer vegetable, we can’t deny it’s a little difficult to work with. Anyone who’s ever tried to remove those little yellow bites from their cob knows how prone they are to flying. We at SKC tend to find the kernels in every corner of our small kitchens after performing what should be a simple procedure–cutting kernels from the cob. So lucky for us, Phoebe perfected her technique, and found an easier, cleaner, all around better way to shave them …

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