Kitchen InFerno: Shrimp Soup

Kitchen InFerno: Shrimp Soup

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It’s nearing the end of the semester, and I am lacking a certain drive to cook up delicious concoctions. However, yesterday I found a ton of basics in my fridge and freezer and decided to see what I could do to create something delicious out of not much of anything.

Kitchen InFerno: Fajitas and Margaritas

Kitchen InFerno: Fajitas and Margaritas

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I spent last weekend home with the folks, and happened to sign a lease for a dazzling new apartment where I’ll be living following graduation this May. In the Ferno household a milestone like that deserves a bit of a celebration – we did it Mexican style with some of my mom’s fantastic fajitas and killer margaritas!

Kitchen InFerno: Wrap City

Kitchen InFerno: Wrap City

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Along with most people, I love a good stir-fry– bright, crunchy veggies, a good dose of protein and delicious sauce. This week I decided to mix it up a little, frying up half my ingredients with an Asian-style sauce, topping them off with fresh veggies, and rolling it all up in a wrap.

THON 2013: Wackiest Outfits in the BJC

THON 2013: Wackiest Outfits in the BJC

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If you think football weekends and house concerts at Penn State are full of wacky-wardrobe choices, wait until you see what we spotted on the floors of the BJC. From denim jumpsuits to flamenco tops, THON is the perfect place to get wild with your wardrobe!

Kitchen InFerno: An Early Taste of Spring

Kitchen InFerno: An Early Taste of Spring

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This is one of the easiest pasta dishes I know. Even though it’s pasta, it tastes light and fresh! Whole-wheat spirals paired with some crisp, delicious veggies and shrimp. Add a hint of zingy lemon and salty Asiago cheese, and you’ve got a well-balanced meal that’s as delightful as those surprising, sunny, 60 degree days!

Kitchen InFerno: Chilli Nights

Kitchen InFerno: Chilli Nights

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I’ve decided to spread a little homemade love with my own chili recipe. It is my favorite comfort meal on a cold night – goodness knows we have quite a few of those here in Happy Valley. (Plus, it’s super easy to freeze and defrost for a super-fast, anytime meal.)

Kitchen InFerno: Wings to Beat Darkhorse Tavern

Kitchen InFerno: Wings to Beat Darkhorse Tavern

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Needless to say, I was inspired this week to cook up my own, super simple, baked chicken wings! These wings have just the right amount of smokey flavors backed by a kick of chili and hint of sweet honey, making them perfect to please all guests for any Superbowl bash. Plus, these wings aren’t deep-fried– no extra breading or artery-clogging amounts of oil– so you won’t have that “after the party guilt!” Cook on!

Kitchen InFerno: When Spinach Pie Goes Italian

Kitchen InFerno: When Spinach Pie Goes Italian

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Delicious hot or cold, Italian spinach pie is a perfect meal or side dish for any college kid on a budget. With a short list of ingredients and fast cooking time, Italian spinach pie can be whipped up in no time. Plus, the spinach and eggs are full of protein and vitamins that’ll have your body fighting off germs this winter.

Kitchen InFerno: Steak Me Home Tonight

Kitchen InFerno: Steak Me Home Tonight

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Are you tired of the same old PB and J, or turkey and cheese? Is the cold weather outside enough to turn you off from cold cuts on your sandwich? It sounds like it’s time to whip out the ol’ panini maker…or your favorite non-stick pan.

Kitchen InFerno: Snack On This, Not That

Kitchen InFerno: Snack On This, Not That

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Well, finals week has arrived! It’s no secret that under the stress of pulling all-nighters and suffering cabin (read: library) fever across State College, we gorge on way too many greasy delivery orders, whether it’s General Tso’s or Wings Over.

Kitchen InFerno: Getting on Casserole’s Good Side

Kitchen InFerno: Getting on Casserole’s Good Side

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When we happened upon some ripe baby eggplants (thanks to Thanksgiving leftovers!), my immediate thought was to make eggplant parm. It’s easy, delicious, and certainly a staple in any Italian household. However, after weighing my options, I decided to turn a creative leaf and utilize the eggplant in a scrumptious chicken and ricotta layered lasagna with a spicy, zesty kick!

Kitchen InFerno: A Gobble-Free Holiday Meal

Kitchen InFerno: A Gobble-Free Holiday Meal

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Like many of us, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite meal of the year. My mother makes the most delicious food– everything from sweet potatoes, to mounds of homemade stuffing, to baked apples. It’s so good that I always make my parents host the family because I refuse to let anyone else cook the meal besides my own momma.

Kitchen InFerno: Going Greek

Kitchen InFerno: Going Greek

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Instead of resorting to a boring can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or some old school Progresso Chili, both of which are exploding with sodium and additives (I can just hear it clogging my arteries), I’ve taken some inspiration from the Greeks and whipped up a hearty Grecian soup. And, whoa, did it get our taste buds tingling!

To Tip, Or Not To Tip: That Should Never Be the Question

To Tip, Or Not To Tip: That Should Never Be the Question

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This past summer I bartended to support myself through an unpaid internship, I came to rely heavily on tips, as my hourly base pay was only $2.83. After this experience, I never tip less than 15 percent at dinner, always tip 20 percent or more if the waitress goes above and beyond, and base my bar tips on how expensive my order is (i.e. $4 bill gets a $2 tip, $8 bill gets a $4 tip, etc.).