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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4 Alternative Thanksgiving Dishes

By Abby Humphreys

The Nov. 14 edition of The Daily Athenaeum featured a list of decadent foods suitable for those with any common dietary restriction. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, diabetic or gluten-intolerant, try the recipes below to make the holiday season a little more joyful.

  1. Risotto (Gluten-Free)
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Risotto is a very versatile dish that, depending on your tastes, can include any number of vegetables and meats. Mushroom risotto keeps things simple by including only different types of mushrooms, but seafood risotto ups the ante with shrimp and scallops. Ham risotto is also popular and easy to make.

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How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee

By Abby Humphreys

With finals week quickly approaching, coffee will soon become the staple beverage of nearly every college student. However, drinking good coffee doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank every week or wasting time in the Starbucks line that could be better spent studying.

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A great cup of coffee can be made with basic ingredients and tools easy to store and operate in every apartment or dorm room. Try the tips and recipes below in order to make your coffee exactly how you like it from the comfort of your own kitchen.

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5 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Less than a week after Halloween, candy prices have fallen fast. Stores want to rid their shelves of unsold spooky treats before their stock of Christmas candy makes it to the shelves, so this is a great time to stock up on your favorite candy or re-purpose what wasn’t handed out during Trick-Or-Treat into some delicious snacks.

1. M&M Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn and M&Ms are a magical combination not many people know about. Find the recipe here at Buzzfeed Tasty or try the more basic version at Two Sisters Crafting.

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Photo Feature: WVU Dining Halls Celebrate Halloween

By Abby Humphreys

Yesterday three of West Virginia University’s dining halls served spooky menu items like mummy dogs, ghost brains and breaded guts to students. Food workers sported their best costumes throughout the day, and festive decorations ushered in the chilly autumn weather.

Don’t miss out on other dining hall and festivities throughout the year by following WVU Dining Services on Twitter at @WVUDining, and be sure to check back soon for an updated calendar of dining hall events.

The Terrace Room, Stalnaker Hall

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7 Tried-and-True Party Food Recipes

By Abby Humphreys

Holiday-themed snacks may be adorable to look at, but aren’t always as delicious as they appear. No matter their cuteness level, foods like Halloween crescent roll mummies are really just plain hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough and lack much flavor. Other holiday treats like Christmas Santa Claus cookies and Easter birds’ nest cupcakes suffer from too many mismatched ingredients for the sake of sticking to a theme, which make them more like decorations than tasty treats.

Luckily, these reader-tested recipes are great for any occasion and will be a guaranteed hit at virtually every gathering, from wild house parties to tame nights in with friends. Try these at your next party for happy guests who remember the night not just for the company, but for the food as well.

1. Fruity Pebble Treats – Travis Kent

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Travis Kent, a senior English major from Aldie, Virginia, makes fruity pebble treats using this recipe to enjoy during movie nights with friends. He suggests prepping all pans and bowls of ingredients before starting because the marshmallows solidify very quickly after melting them in the microwave.
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