Students Say: Winter Comfort Foods

Just a week from the start of spring, this winter’s worst storm will soon hit Morgantown. Stay warm with these tried-and-true comfort foods from students around campus.

By Isabella Tennant

Winter weather often leads to some desperate and feeble attempts at fighting the cold. When I asked students what they do beyond donning an extra pair of socks to stay upbeat during this season, many of them referred to a common comfort: Food.

When I asked students about their go-to winter comfort foods, I assumed everyone would mention recipes that had been in their families for years.

Tom Lyall
Tom Lyall

“It’s gotta be my mom’s vegetable soup.” Tom Lyall, a junior from Morgantown, said when I asked about his winter comfort food. He was adamant that the dish was more of a soup than a stew. (You can find a recipe for an easy vegetable soup here.)



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Panera Bread: 100% Clean

Video by Rob Simmons

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Panera Bread? The DA Eats team took a look as food workers prepared a meal for a customer.

Panera Bread fully eliminated preservatives and additives from its menu at the beginning of this year. Try the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt or the Roasted Beet Quinoa and Citrus Salad today at the Willey St. Panera and taste clean for yourself.

Review: Panera Bread’s Additive-Free Menu


On Tuesday, The DA Eats team reviewed several of Panera Bread’s preservative-free menu items, including the Kitchen Sink cookie and the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt.

We had an overall positive experience, and there were several foods we tried that we agreed would now be our go-to meals at Panera. However, we wanted to know more about Panera Bread’s mission to provide “clean” food for each of its customers.

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Behind the Scenes: Ta-Khrai Restaurant Review

By Abby Humphreys

Videographer Rob Simmons and social media editor Brady Smearman accompanied me to Morgantown’s newest Thai restaurant Ta-Khrai on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to try the newest dishes. While we were waiting for our food, a little goofing off was in order.

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Pick up a copy of today’s edition to read our full review of Ta-Khrai, or read it online here.

Review: Café Evansdale’s Christmas Dinner

By Abby Humphreys

Café Evansdale has yet to disappoint in their annual holiday celebration meals, and their Christmas dinner on Dec. 8 was no exception.

Christmas meals in West Virginia public schools are typically no more than a sad piece of turkey, gelatinous gravy, dry mashed potatoes and overcooked green beans, so I had no idea what to expect from one held by a university dining hall.

However, I felt like I was transported to a high-class restaurant as soon as I walked in.

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6 International Christmas Dessert Recipes

By Abby Humphreys

Christmas cookies and eggnog are usual sights in December in the United States, but other countries celebrate the Christmas season much differently. Try experiencing the flavors of Christmas from Italy, Japan and many other places around the world with the recipes below.

1. Ris à la Mande—Denmark

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Although its name sounds French, this dish is purely of Danish origin. Its name comes from the French-sounding “riz à l’amande”, which means “rice with almonds.” It consists of rice pudding, vanilla flavoring, milk, chopped almonds and whipped cream with a sweet cherry sauce on top.

According to its Wikipedia entry, rice pudding was rarely made in Denmark until after World War II due to its high cost. However, Danes took to mixing rice pudding with whipped cream after it became more widely available in order to make the rice last longer, which gave birth to the dish.

You can find an easy recipe for ris à la mande here. (Fun fact: in Sweden, the dish can be made without almonds, but the person who finds a hidden whole almond in their pudding is expected to be married within the year.)

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