Irish Soda Bread

This is literally the BEST bread ever! My mom use to make it every year for holidays and weekends, but I had not had it for a couple years. When I was home last, I remembered the famous bread and asked her to make it for me. Not only did she make a loaf for the family, but she made another loaf for me to take back to college. Needless to say I brought one back to my sorority house and everyone loved it!!! Here the recipe for the most amazing bread ever! Recipe: 4 cups flour 1 cup raisins
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Alpha Chi Omega Article In The Lyre

Image via Wikipedia This is the final version of the article I wrote that is to appear in The Lyre national magazine for Alpha Chi Omega. Thought you would all want to see this 🙂 Cooking:  Life Skills That You Won’t Find In Class by Torie Nicholas, BW (University of Toledo) You might think that going through four years of college will prepare you for life after college, and that might be true for your degree, but what about for your cooking skills? I was so excited to go to college after high school, because I knew I would finally
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Do you remember??

Do you remember food over the years that companies thought was a brilliant idea, but once the food came out, it was quickly taken off the marketplace because customers didn’t like it?? One of the foods I always remember were fries called Funky Fries. These fries came in funky flavors and colors. Some of the choices included chocolate fries, blue colored fries, and cinnamon fries. Needless to say, they were off the market very quickly. Another food I remember not lasting very long was RTD. It was called Ready to Drink and was a strategic alliance product made by Nestle
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Another reason to drink red wine

Image via Wikipedia There was a recent study conducted of 20,000 middle aged woman that showed a glass of red wine a day is not only good for your heart, but also helps reduce your waistline and keep you slimmer. During this study, they compared middle aged woman who drank red wine every day those who didn’t drink wine everyday. Over time, the ones who drank red wine everyday were healthier and kept off the weight. They also compared dietary factors, and other health factors, and the findings were still true. The study listed two main reasons why the woman
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Easter Bunny Cake

I love to bake, but I never have the time. I love to decorate and bake so much I even took a cake decorating class with my mom a couple years ago. We managed to make it through it, but without much luck. So this is why I need great ideas like this. If someone can show me how to decorate a cake, I will be able to catch on quicker than trying to teach myself. I have lots of cake molds laying around from when I was younger, so I thought it would be interesting to try and make
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Sakura Hibachi

About a week and a half ago, my aunt came to visit me at The University of Toledo. We had a wonderful day that consisted of going to the market, out to lunch, shopping, and even enjoying a nice walk around the Old Orchard community. The nice hibachi lunch we ate at was Sakura.This restaurant is on the expensive side, so it was only my second visit. From the moment we sat down, we were given a wonderful lunch experience and it was worth the price! From the beginning, we were seated with another group of woman because of how
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Easter Eggs

Image via Wikipedia I love decorating easter eggs every year. Even though I am in college, I still coming home for a nice dinner and spending time with my family. Easter egg decoration kits are always fun, and cheap. You can buy a kit to make all the eggs for a couple bucks, and a dozen eggs is only a dollar or two. So, once you get all the eggs. Here are some cool tips the boxes might not include. 1. Draw with a white crayon on the egg before you dip it in the dye. This will allow the
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Tucson: Pie Party is Back – April 11

P-i-e. This three letter word conjures homey happenings, familiar aromas, and just a sense of place that remains with us through the decades. Everyone has a favorite pie.  Mine is tied between lemon meringue and apple but not just any apple pie. It has to be apple pie like my maternal grandmother made. In my lifetime, only one other apple pie has come close. Two local, pie loving people named Turtle and Ian are once again holding an expanded pie party at Dunbar Avenue School. The pie party will benefit local grassroot charities. The more pie you enter into the
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Easter brunch ideas from Rama Ginde

Image via Wikipedia The following Easter brunch ideas are courtesy of Chef Rama Ginde of Cresskill, New Jersey. Easter brunch is a great way to celebrate delicious spring produce: — Use eggs as the main star; eggs cook fast and are the perfect symbol for Easter –Use seasonal ingredients which have great flavor — like asparagus, mushrooms, and peas (KZ says: What about a frittata?) –Serve your meat differently by making lamb burgers and laying out a  burger bar. Serve different condiments like spicy mayo, caramelized onions, pea-basil pesto and the list goes on. (KZ says: What about mint chutney
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Going Off-List

Week before last I did something I haven’t done in over 5 years: went shopping without my Menu Mailer grocery list. For those not familiar with Menu Mailer, it’s the invention of Leanne Ely, the Dinner Diva, and features a set of dinner recipes, serving suggestions and an itemized, categorized shopping list each week. Even though I’ve got a culinary degree, am a veteran list-maker and perfectly capable of decided what to make for supper every night, it was nice to not have to make those decisions each week. After so many years, though, I was starting to chafe at
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