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A sweet and salty mix, perfect for a study break snack during finals week.

College Kitchen: brain food

May 9, 2013

  Bodies are hardworking machines. Like all gas-guzzling automobiles, they need to be fueled. Lucky for us human-bots, our power source comes in scrumptious bundles of snacks and meals — not...

A blueberry cheesecake cupcake topped with smooth cream cheese frosting and blueberries from Cupcake on University Avenue.

Restaurant round-up: where to take Mommy dearest

May 9, 2013

She ran onto the school bus when you forgot your library books in kindergarten. She battled your teenage angst with forced sing-alongs in the car on the way to school. She mercilessly embarrassed you when...

A sweet rhubarb cake with fresh rhubarbs, cake batter, and a crumb topping bottom.

College Kitchen: Rhubarbarians

May 2, 2013

Rhubarb is one of the earliest vegetables available for harvest each year. In early spring, plants can be seen sprouting from every backyard plant patch and greenhouse garden. Ruby red stems push through...

Dropping Zion

May 2, 2013

What: Zion I When: 8 p.m., Wednesday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $15 Age: 18+   Zumbi and Amp Live have been broadening the definition of hip-hop since the late...

Culture Compass: Eat your veggies this weekend

May 1, 2013

THURSDAY   Michael Pollan Beth El Synagogue 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park, Minn. 7 p.m. $25-500   Calling all foodie-environmentalists, pioneer of what is now known as the “American...

Garry Geiken rehearses the one-man play, I Love To Eat, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Geiken stars as television's first chef James Beard in a show that runs April 25- May 18 at the Illusion Theater.

“I Love to Eat” spotlights celebrity chef James Beard

April 25, 2013

What: “I Love to Eat: a Love Story With Food” Where: Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: Times vary, Thursday through May 18. Cost: $5-28   Two men sit facing each other...

College Kitchen: how to make miniatures

April 25, 2013

America: land of the free and home of the supersize. Only here can you buy a half-pound hamburger, subs by the yard and Gatorade by the barrel. Having a big appetite isn’t a crime, but consuming...

Q&A: Fountains of Wayne

April 18, 2013

What: Fountains of Wayne When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $35   It’s hard to believe that the pop groups of the late ’90s are already...

A simple smoothie with peach, yogurt, and honey topped with a dash of cardamom.

College Kitchen: Minnesota bites

April 18, 2013

Georgia is the Peach State, and Nebraska the Cornhusker State. Even if our nickname doesn’t imply it, the North Star State has plenty of culinary prowess to offer. This weekend, the Savor Minnesota...

Alex Stene, front, Laura Hickey, and Brant Miller rehearse a scene from

Bear in mind

April 11, 2013

What: “Something About a Bear” When: Times vary, Thursday-April 21 Where: Rarig Center, Stoll Thrust Theater, 330 S. 21st Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $5 for students; $10 for everyone else   It...

College Kitchen: spring salads

April 11, 2013

This time of year, students can be seen around campus trying to work our stubborn, rusted bicycle chains, at the coffee shops ordering the first cold-presses since September and at home ceremoniously folding...

College Kitchen: My favorite things.

April 7, 2013

It takes a lot of STUFF to make the College Kitchen run. There are pots and pans, various tools and products galore. Before I really started cooking, I thought brand loyalty was a crock. Now, when...


Review: Hello Pizza

April 4, 2013

3904 Sunnyside Road, Edina, Minn.    Chaos is inherent to by-the-slice pizza joints. In the suburbs, there may not be intoxicated college students shouting in line or getting in fights. Here,...

College Kitchen: Say cheese!

April 3, 2013

Being a true Kitchenista is a commitment. It means tackling crepes flambé and seared scallops on a weeknight. It means chopping onions until there is no difference between sweat and tears....

10 Classic April Fool’s pranks

March 31, 2013

Roommates can be tricky this time of year. Seven months into a lease tensions can run high. To take out some of those pent-up animosities, prank your cohabitants for some light-hearted roommate revenge.  1....

5 awesome, non-Easter uses of pastels.

March 29, 2013

Pastel shades of brightly tinted hues mean springtime. Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is just one more sign the temperatures are rising and the days getting longer. Bask in the pretty colors...

Q&A: Lianne La Havas

March 28, 2013

What: Lianne La Havas When: 8 p.m., Sunday Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis Cost: $18-$20 Age: 18+   The past year has been a whirlwind for Lianne La Havas. Between her impeccable...

A poached egg served with tomato on top of buttered toast.

College Kitchen: Eggcellent adventure

March 28, 2013

Pink Peeps and Cadbury Eggs have some stiff competition from the contents of the brown and white shells care of Mother Hen/Mother Nature. No sugary treat can compete with a soft egg white, crisp and buttery...

Culture Compass: Pi day

March 14, 2013

THURSDAY   Joan Rivers Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Minn. 8 p.m. $35 Mature audiences only   This mean fashion queen is rolling up the red carpet to revisit her...

Staycations: Spring Break edition

March 14, 2013

With nowhere to go, no one to see and no airfare to speak of, spring break may feel like a drawn out prison sentence — either spent rereading old “Boxcar Children” novels in a childhood...

A traditional Irish boiled dinner of corned beef, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.

College Kitchen: Luck of the Irish

March 14, 2013

St. Patrick, it turns out, was not a leprechaun. He loved the Emerald Isle, but shockingly, he didn’t wear a green top hat or carry lucky clovers. St. Patrick’s Day has transformed over the...

The 7 stages of grief — a playlist.

March 10, 2013

With a spring time buzz in the air, something has shifted among my friends in relationships. Valentine's day is over and done with and all of a sudden, couples are splitting to singles faster than...


Of dolls and donuts

March 7, 2013

  In neon-yellow bakery cases, doughnuts dressed in a variety of toppings glisten, waiting to be plucked out of the case and placed in a bright pink box by a barista. Clad in a polka-dotted shirt...

Spaghetti with turkey meatballs, a meal easily frozen and reheated for a future meal.

College Kitchen: lean cuisine machine

March 7, 2013

  TV dinners aren’t just for the middle-aged bachelor as he watches reruns of “Jeopardy“ anymore. Nowadays everyone from career-driven workaholics to busy parents is guilty of consuming...

A simple tiramisu with chocolate shavings on top and strawberries on the side.

College Kitchen: coffee break

February 28, 2013

As familiar as coffee may be to students in the neighborhood java stop, it is a stranger in the kitchen. The College Kitchenista has laid the ground work for a savory dinner and sweet dessert that uses...

Instructor Ed Stern teaches dance steps to the Beginning International Folk Dance class on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis. Stern teaches ethnic dances from all around the world.

Folkin’ Around

February 28, 2013

Straddling a folding chair in a warm, empty studio space at Tapestry Folkdance Center, dance teacher Ed Stern bounces with a youthful exuberance that betrays his long white beard. While studying biochemistry...

Lemon Garlic Pasta, topped with a lemon garnish.

College Kitchen: Orange you glad?

February 21, 2013

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, but we Minneapolitans have yet to see a sprouting tree bud or feel a hint of a warm southerly wind. A long stretch of gray winter days spans ahead of us with...

Terje Isungset blowing Ice Horn

Wouldn’t it be ice?

February 21, 2013

What: Ice Music When: 7:30 p.m., Monday Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Ages: All ages   Musicians often look to the natural elements...

College Kitchen: FRYdays

February 15, 2013

I know that lent has begun because Shamrock Shakes are back at McD's. Religious dietary restrictions, or any dietary restrictions don't really vibe with the whole "foodmonster" thing...

For a fun Valentine's Day treat, you can twist challah dough into hearts and treat your loved ones with delicious bread.

College Kitchen: sweets for your sweetie

February 14, 2013

St. Valentine’s day can drain a student’s budget faster than a night on the town. The love tokens we give so freely in February — the tickets to a show, the candles and flowers —...

Diners enjoy their meals on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Broder's Pasta Bar in south Minneapolis. The bar seating provides the best view of the pasta chefs at work.

No Reservations

February 14, 2013

Spring semester gets crazy quickly. There are assignments that are overdue and adviser appointments that need to be scheduled to discuss graduation. Through it all, significant others are expected to sway...

Foods for the Chinese New Year

February 9, 2013

The Chinese New Year is upon us once again. What better way to celebrate than with a feast. Many foods for this holiday have symbolic meanings and if you eat them on the New Year, they will bring you the...

Checking in with Mötel California

February 7, 2013

What: Mötel California When: 10 p.m., Saturday Where: Memory Lanes, 2520 S. 26th Avenue, Minneapolis Cost: Free Age: All ages   When he was coming of age in the 1970s, Andy Schultz made...

The combination of dried rose hips, ginger, brandy, lemon juice, honey and water makes this warm drink the perfect cure for sickness.

College Kitchen: Down with the sickness

February 7, 2013

Kleenexes are strewn in a crumpled trail from one end of the room to the other. The trash can is overflowing with empty bottles of fever-reducers and bags of cough drops. The glow of old “Spongebob...

The best super bowl drinking game: XLVII

February 3, 2013

Football isn't your thing. Believe me, I get it. Don't worry, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during a long game. May I present the best game within a game XLVII: 1. Drink any...

Super bowl QUIZ: What’s your chip personality?

February 3, 2013

Figuring out the perfect chip to bring to your friend's super bowl party can be a challenge. With so many different varieties out there, it's easy to get lost in a crispy sea. Take this quiz to...

This sugary blueberry lemon soup is an ideal hot soup for skiers and is filled with spices.

College kitchen: strange soups

January 31, 2013

Soup has the ability to turn the coldest of days into the coziest. A bowl of creamy tomato basil makes a tall stack of readings bearable. A mug filled with vegetable beef alongside the first paper of the...

Mighty ducks

January 31, 2013

What: Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association 2013 Decoy Show When: 2-10 p.m., Thursday; 1-9 p.m., Friday;.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday Where: Ramada Mall of America, 2300 E. American Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Cost:...

Williams croons edgy, poetic songs with  a blend of folk, rock, blues and country.

Q&A: Lucinda Williams

January 31, 2013

Lucinda Williams has enjoyed career longevity that many only dream of. Rising to fame with “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” in 1998, the Los Angeles-based singer developed a following of country...

The day the music died — reading Beyonce’s lips.

January 24, 2013

If I were to pick a deity to worship, it would be Beyonce. She's poised. She's elegant. She has a hot husband and beautiful baby. She is a vocal powerhouse. She is a rock star.   When it first...

Potato Varenyky with a side of horseradish sour cream from Kramarczuk's in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities’ best dumplings

January 24, 2013

The tale of the ugly dumpling is a sad one. Too often dry, starchy wrappers and bland, unidentified filling are plated with a too-sweet or too-salty sauce and whisked off to meet disappointed diners under...

A body scrub made of ingredients that you can find in your kitchen, leaves your skin smooth.

College Kitchen: Beauty and the eats

January 24, 2013

Lazily waking in the wee afternoon hours, performing at-home manicures after watching multiple reruns of “Behind the Music,” eating meals with more than one course: Was it all a dream? Sadly,...

Eat this — five easy steps for New Year’s resolution eating

January 22, 2013

As the champagne toasts fade to distant memories, sticking to resolutions can be hard. So, you don't make it to the gym every day of the week? Forget to stay up-to-date with your podcast playlist?...

If an apocalypse occurs, all you need is a can of peaches and some Bisquick powder to make a tasty peach cobbler over a fire.

College Kitchen: Hunger games

December 12, 2012

Success in the kitchen is often dependent on the luxury of modern day appliances. If these handy tools stop working when the apocalypse comes, the College Kitchen team will have to resort to cooking on...

The chicken gyro at the Foxy Falafel on Raymond Avenue in St. Paul.

2012’s best cheap eats

December 12, 2012

It was a good year to be a budget-eater in the Twin Cities. With recession memories sinking into the murky depths of one of our various lakes, Minnesota chefs and restaurateurs dove into business ownership...

Artistic director Ben Riggs leads the members of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus in vocal exercises. Riggs started as the artistic director in August.

His first noel

December 7, 2012

This will be the first year with Ben Riggs leading the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for its annual holiday concert. Although he’s excitedly anticipating his formal debut, he admits there will...

Making sugar cookies is simple, and cookies can be cut out in various ways to celebrate the holidays.

College Kitchen: Classic Christmas cookies

December 6, 2012

Cooking, like any skill, deserves time and attention. Unlike other hobbies, however, there are three opportunities every day to practice. Building a collection of recipes is like building a repertoire...

Thanksgiving's cranberry sauce leftovers make up one ingredient of these Orange Cranberry-Surprise Muffins.

College Kitchen: Leftover love

November 29, 2012

After a short holiday interlude, students return to campus from Turkey Day break with freshly rested faces, bags of clean laundry and stacks of bursting Tupperware. We oft look to leftovers as a welcome...

Bourbon pecan pie at the Turtle Bread Company on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

Pie oh my!

November 29, 2012

The season of merrymaking brings with it many occasions to gather and share goodies with friends and family. Between a final skimming of Cliffs Notes and holiday shopping, from-scratch baking may not be...

Five alternatives to Black Friday shopping

November 21, 2012

  1. Watch VHS tapes. Soon these technological oldies will be as obsolete as eight-tracks. Before the rolls of film disintegrate into dust, take them out for one last spin. Pulling every tape from...

Movie Review: “Silver Linings Playbook”

November 21, 2012

Wide release Rated: R Directed by: David O. Russell Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Opens Nov. 21   With a light-hearted touch, director David O. Russell has merged the...

Apple juice, spiced rum, oranges, lemon, apple, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and honey all make up this warm spiced cider sangria.

College Kitchen: (Holi)day-drinking

November 21, 2012

The American tradition of feasting on Thanksgiving Day has morphed from a banquet among friends into a spectacle including the NFL and huge inflated cartoon floats. Even the traditional roasting of a turkey...

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree — bizarre holiday tunes.

November 20, 2012

Dean Martin made a fortune singing about the holidays. Barry Manilow's schlock version of "White Christmas" will hit the airwaves the day after Thanksgiving.  These numbers are a tradition...

College Kitchen: I <3 Technology

November 16, 2012

When you're multiple weeks behind in your class readings, and you haven't had a free moment to do the mountain of laundry sitting in the corner of your room, it's hard to put any energy into...

Aimee Mann Publicity

Q & A: Aimee Mann

November 15, 2012

What: Aimee Mann When: 6 p.m., Saturday Where: First Avenue Mainroom, 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $25 Age:18+   Poppy hooks and catchy choruses do not usually accompany bleak emotional truths,...

College Kitchen: A taste of home

November 15, 2012

For an international student at the University of Minnesota, getting a home-cooked meal isn’t as simple as receiving a care package or taking a weekend trip home. Many students who choose the University...

5 reasons why Bruce Springsteen still rocks

November 13, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played two shows in St. Paul Sunday and Monday nights. Bruce led the band in hours of hip-shakin' tunes at the Xcel Center. Five reasons why this rock god has...

Little Bitch on the Prairie

November 8, 2012

What: Alison Arngrim’s “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” When: 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 5 p.m., Sunday Where: Camp Bar, 490 N. Robert Street, St. Paul Cost: $29.50     “Little...

Venison meat arranged on dumpling dough is ready to be put together.

College Kitchen: Oh deer!

November 8, 2012

Bam! No, it’s not Emeril Lagasse — It’s Minnesota deer hunting season. At this time each year, eager hunters trek into the depths of our state’s bountiful fields and forests to...

Culture Compass: Sleigh Bells, “Thrift Shop” and Dr. Ruth

November 1, 2012

THURSDAY   Ben Gibbard Woman’s Club of Minneapolis 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis 8 p.m. $32.50 All Ages   Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard embarks solo on a tour to mend his broken...

Upon entry of New Bohemia in Minneapolis, there

Restaurant review: New Bohemia

November 1, 2012

The only thing missing at New Bohemia  in Northeast Minneapolis is the buff and mustachioed men donning lederhosen and clinking steins. With dim hanging lights, a sleek bar, several huge flat screens...

These gooey post-Halloween candies are more grown-up versions of your favorite Halloween regulars.

College Kitchen: I want candy

November 1, 2012

As the final porch lights were dimmed and jack o’ lanterns extinguished, the flurry of sorting, cataloging and trading began. When every piece was accounted for, the costumed kiddie with the biggest...

Shrimp and Green Peas poured over rice pairs with the movie “Eat Drink Man Woman” being shown at Twin Cities Film Society’s Feast the Eyes: Food and Wine Film Festival.

College Kitchen: At the movies

October 25, 2012

In “When Harry Met Sally,” no one remembers the kind of sandwich Meg Ryan was eating when she faked an orgasm in a crowded New York deli. We never learned how the lobsters turned out in “Annie...

Review: “Fun Size”

October 25, 2012

“Fun Size” Wide release Rated: PG-13 Directed by: Josh Schwartz Starring: Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, Ana Gasteyer Opens: Oct. 26   It’s the story that Disney and Nickelodeon...

Frightful food trucks — Shakopee’s Trail of Terror adds eats.

October 24, 2012

Nothing works up an appetite quite like screaming your lungs out. One of the biggest Halloween attractions in the state, Shakopee's Trail of Terror will host five different local food trucks on the...

Grimes plays a sold out show at the Varsity Theater Monday night.

Review: Grimes at the Varsity Theater

October 23, 2012

Spritely Canadian singer Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, took the stage last night at the Varsity Theater. As she sang, she moved her American flag printed men’s polo-clad upper-body in an almost mechanical...

Banh mi, a French-Vietnamese sandwich, from Trung Nam French Bakery. The bakery is also well-known in the metro area for its croissants.

St. Paul’s best sandwiches

October 18, 2012

Turkey, ham or roast beef? Swiss, cheddar or American? Toasted? Going through the line at these generic sandwich eateries has become a chore. We refuel like cars at the pump — guzzling enough to...

This crepe and caramelized banana recipe is one of Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Living” Pinterest recipes.

College Kitchen: Martha knows best

October 18, 2012

Martha taught us how to turn painted pinecones into centerpieces. She showed us how to make cinnamon candied apples. Her realm of domestic divinity may seem unreachable to the college cook, but between...

Pumpkin seeds fresh out of a pumpkin and pumpkin puree make up these festive fall recipes for Spicy Pumpkin Seeds and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies.

College Kitchen: The great pumpkin

October 11, 2012

With the quick “thunk” of the knife against an orange rind and several back and forth wiggles of it, carving season begins. A hand, digging into the chilly belly of guts, emerges with a handful...

Laughing in church

October 9, 2012

What: Rhoda Janzen book discussion and signing When: 4 p.m., Wednesday Where: University of Minnesota Bookstore, Coffman Union Cost: Free Age: All ages    Rhoda Janzen, a poet and professor at...

Evolution of the Biebs —Which ‘dos were don’ts

October 8, 2012

Justin Bieber swings into town this Saturday. Will he be rocking a new do? With this little stud-muffin you never know. He's gone from man-bangs to faux-hawk and back again. The young crooner has definitely...

Dan Gaarder, guitarist and vocalist, preforms with Trailer Trash at a wedding in Edina, Minn. Trailer Trash has been performing together since the ’90s.

Q&A: Trailer Trash

October 4, 2012

What: Trailer Trash When: Friday Where: Lee’s Liquor Lounge 101 N. Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $6 Age: 21+   They’ve been playing regular gigs at Lee’s Liquor Lounge since...

College Kitchen: Team Tofu

College Kitchen: Team Tofu

October 4, 2012

If you don’t like tofu, navigating a stir-fry can be as challenging as a trip through the Amazon jungle. Seldom does any food provoke responses as intense and diverse as tofu. Its fans are fanatics,...

“It’s October 3rd” — T.V.’s best new mean girls

October 4, 2012

We love to hate stupid Karen, spoiled Gretchen Weiners, and evil Regina George. Today the web has been exploding with quotes from the 2004 modern-day classic, Mean Girls. Good villians are  more fun...

College Kitchen: The Great Debate

October 2, 2012

Hosting a debate watching party and unsure of your guests' political affiliations? Follow this recipe for easy nonpartisan appetizers, and you'll definitely please both sides of the aisle.  RomBama...

Crockoli Cheese Soup is a smooth, savory soup that’ll remind you of warm hugs from your grandma during the chilly fall days.

College Kitchen: Crock on!

September 27, 2012

  Coming home from school, signs of life returning to frostbitten fingers, your book-filled backpack hits the ground with a thud. The scent of a savory dinner fills the room and you look up expectantly...

Culture Compass: Wallflowers, fire and preschool

September 27, 2012

  THURSDAY   Ben Howard Varsity Theater 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis 7:30 p.m. $20 All Ages   As a folk singer-songwriter of the younger generation, Ben Howard knows just how to keep...

Designer Oskar Ly displays one of her vibrant pieces at her studio in St. Paul. The skirt she has the traditional vibrant colors of Hmong culture. Ly will be displaying her looks with other designers at the upcoming Hmong Fresh Traditions fashion show.

A breath of fresh air

September 27, 2012

  What: Fresh Traditions Fashion Show When: Saturday, Sept. 29 Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Where: Minneapolis Central Library Cost: $15 in advance Age: All ages   Neon pink and green...

The College Kitchenista’s favorite food blogs

September 27, 2012

I get my eatspo from a lot of different places. Blogs are great way to bulk up your recipe resume because you can absorb a lot of info about many different dishes really quickly. Here are a few food blogs...

Emmy red carpet winners and losers.

September 24, 2012

Because award shows have become increasingly long, winners irrelevant and presenters a bore, I now skip watching the show altogether. As Joan Rivers will be happy to tell you, in Hollywood it's all...

Pancakes are stacked up and ready to eat. These were made using expired sour milk.

College Kitchen: Bad Foods Club

September 20, 2012

  It’s 12:30 a.m. The study munchies have arrived. The creak of the refrigerator door is the only sound in the house. Its fluorescent light illuminates the kitchen. In a stupor of sleepiness,...

Fall Festivals for Foodies

September 20, 2012

  Summer in Minnesota gets to have all the fun. Not only are there lazy lake days and county fairs but also outdoor concerts and sporting events galore. Fall rolls around, and social gatherings are...

New Aimee Mann album — a charmer

September 20, 2012

Lauded singer-songwriter Aimee Mann released her eighth solo album, Charmer, this past Tuesday. She may be over 50, but her tunes have a youthful spunk that some singers half her age have trouble producing. Lead...

Monday Sundaes

September 17, 2012

After a weekend of pajama wearing, Netflix watching and Facebook browsing, the beginning of the school week is a swift and sudden departure to reality. Ease the transition with a little end-of-weekend...

Maroon and Gold Skewers, Goldy Dogs and Touchdown Toasties are three tailgating treats that will leave a good taste in your mouth even when the Gophers lose.

College Kitchen: Tailgate Treats

September 13, 2012

  The season of “Who hates Iowa?” chants and Golden Gopher first-downs is upon us once again. In tradition as old as the gophers-badgers rivalry, we turn to the old tailgate standbys of...

At Home at Chabad

September 13, 2012

  Fall breezes have started to nip at the noses of students across campus, and for the first time in months, windows close to the cold outdoors. The atmosphere inside the Chabad House, located at...

Searching for treasure — Shakopee Junk Bonanza

September 13, 2012

Many apartment leases around campus began on the first of September, but with classes starting just three days later, tons of students didn't have the time to deck out their new cribs. Now...

Steaking your claim — meat terminology for dummies

September 10, 2012

Ever taken a date to a fancy shmancy restaurant? Your grand gesture to show how much you like them/how much you're willing to spend on them is nice and all, but what happens when the waiter asks you...

Burrito Battle

September 6, 2012

Burrito eateries surround campus on all sides. Dinkytown has Burrito Loco and Qdoba. Stadium Village has Chipotle. Even our very own Coffman Union houses a quickie burrito stop — Baja Sol. With so...

College Kitchen: At your convenience

September 6, 2012

The college student is a creature of convenience. In its natural habitat it can be seen reusing dirty dishes and attending classes in anything that passes the sniff test. Prepackaged frozen dinners and...

Sausage Fest at Kramarczuk’s

September 6, 2012

With colder days and nights just around the river bend, it's time to start bulking up for winter. The lighter sushi lunches and salad dinners of summer just won't cut it anymore. Kick off...

Pimp My School Supplies. DIY

September 3, 2012

  Sadly, the last day of summer is finally upon us. Today's the day we must bid farwell to days spent loafing on the beach, and unpack the spiral notebooks and cable knit.  Why not use this...

Grace and Jacob Rolek eat JonnyPops merry mountain berry popsicles with their mother, Emily, on Tuesday at the Midtown Farmers Market. JonnyPops was founded in 2011 by five college students and specializes in gourmet popsicles.

Mission im-popsicle

August 8, 2012

Successful entrepreneurs don’t usually start their businesses in college dorm rooms, but for the founders of JonnyPops, that was the only option. Five business-savvy sophomores, four from St. Olaf...

Chicken covered in a light beer sauce enhances the flavors of garlic, lemon and a spice rub that coats the dish.

College Kitchen: Beer-lympics Special

August 6, 2012

  College students drink beer like it’s an Olympic sport. Shotgunning a beer? Five points! Drinking warm, flat brew from red plastic cups? Two points! Celeb shot in beer pong? Fifty points!...

The “Seven Days a Beef” dip is a great snack that complements a summer picnic or party. The familiar dish is composed of all the ingredients that would make a cheeseburger but is packaged as a nacho-style dip instead.

College Kitchen: ‘Bout to Dip

August 1, 2012

  Dips are a great excuse for rich ingredients to mingle with strong flavors. And because you only eat a little at a time, your palate is pleased rather than overpowered. Best served family-style,...

A portion of the yakisoba noodles sits on display at the newly-opened Japanese restaurant Masu Sushi and Robata on Saturday at the Mall of America.

Restaurant review: Masu at the Mall

August 1, 2012

Shoppers rush through the mall, quickly passing the blinking pachinko machines and vibrant Japanese pop-art photography. Hurrying to the food court, they pass by black polished tables set with chopsticks...

College Kitchen: Cyber Assistance.

July 31, 2012

Do you find yourself struggling with the most basic techniques in the kitchen? Struggle no more, you information generationers, you. "Sorted" is here to help. The culinary/tech savvy, British...

Hip Midwestern Designs

July 31, 2012

At the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend, there was more to check out than the music.Two huge tents were filled with vendors of all sorts. There was a plethora of records, posters, custom jewelry...

A vibrant ruby-red breakfast juice is made from blueberries, pineapple, apples, plums, yellow zucchini and cherries. The ingredients are put through a juicer to separate the juice from the pulp.

College Kitchen: Juice on the Loose

July 25, 2012

Tape won’t fix a broken window. You wouldn’t use a Silly Putty to hang an expensive painting. Quick fixes don’t work. The same goes for fad diets. Fans of outlandish health schemes are...

St. George’s Middle Eastern Festival: Sharing food and faith

July 25, 2012

Church members in blue T-shirts and hair nets doled out gyros, falafel sandwiches and lemonade to the hungry visitors forming lines next to the big white tent set up in the roped-off parking lot. Across...