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COVID-19 Sheds Light On Food Disparity

COVID-19 Sheds Light On Food Disparity

June 17, 2020

The tolls that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on our global infrastructure are myriad, and it is difficult to comprehend the idea that nearly every aspe...

Pictured: rainbow sprinkles before they are chopped up.

Rainbow Sprinkles and the Science Behind Sugar

June 16, 2020

Sugar is an extremely important and seemingly simple ingredient used in almost all sweets and pastries. Part of the reason why it’s so easy to use is th...

Vanilla Scones (Turned Strawberry Shortcake)

Vanilla Scones (Turned Strawberry Shortcake)

June 16, 2020

This recipe is perfect for when you are in the mood for a simple vanilla scone, and by whipping some extra heavy cream and chopping strawberries, this can be easily dressed up into my favorite summertime dessert: strawberry shortcake. These scones are best served warm, but you can keep them in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days (they will still be delicious). Note: this recipe is most easily executed using a food processor, but if you do not have access to one, feel free to use a pastry cutter/whisk and follow the recipe as normal, being careful to watch for the designated textures.

The World’s Best Granola

Willa Frank and Maya Goldstein

May 29, 2020

This granola is my mom’s own recipe. It was originally adapted from Stella Parks’ “Crisp Homemade Granola Recipe,” but the flavor is quite different. Over February break, my family and I were having breakfast in a cafe. My dad had ordered the granola, which was served with yogurt and pear. The granola was unmatched in its scrumptiousness! We asked the man who h...

Red Lentil Dal Recipe

Maya Goldstein, F&C Editor

May 29, 2020

Ingredients 3 cups red lentils 8 cups water 2 large tomatoes 2 tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped finely 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp garam masala 2 tsp cumin 1 ½ tsp ground mustard powder 1 ½ tsp salt 3 bay leaves 2 tsp turmeric Step 1: Cook the lentils Rinse the lentils until the water runs clear (or at least clearer than before) and pour in a large saucepan with the gallon of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Step 2: Blanch the tomatoes While the lentils are cooking, bring a pot of water to boil (large enough for the tomatoes to fit in). Score the peel of the tomatoes with a sharp knife in the shape of an “x.” Place the tomatoes in the boiling water, blanch for one minute. While the tomatoes are boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water. After the minute is up, place the tomatoes in the ice water and let cool. Once they have cooled, chop the tomatoes very finely. Set aside.  Step 3: Season the onions In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the chopped onions. Cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and stir continuously. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the red pepper, chili powder, garam masala, cumin, and mustard powder and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the bay leaves and turmeric and stir. 

Food Businesses Navigate Social Distancing Mandates with Support Cambridge Community

Azusa Lippit, Around School Editor

May 28, 2020

With social distancing guidelines in place for Cambridge, businesses selling food have continued to operate, though not without a fair amount of difficulty. Safely procuring food is one of the biggest concerns for Cantabridgians staying in their homes, and it is up to local businesses to take measures to protect their staff and customers. Richard S., a manager at Broadway Market, told the Register Forum, “We’ve had to come up with different options: online ordering, curbside pickup, and senior hours. We have the whole store protected with plexiglass, and everyone is wearing masks and gloves.”  Broadway Market, located next to CRLS, is normally filled by students and teachers throughout the school day, but with no school, that has changed. As far as the location goes, Broadway is incredibly fortunate; conveniently in the flow of traffic as students go to and from school, a significant portion of business comes from CRLS holding classes on campus. Businesses neighboring the school are particularly feeling  the absence of students. “Financially… we’re maintaining, let’s put it that way,” Richard S. continued. “We hope to get back to some semblance of normal, but hopefully [CRLS and Harvard students] will be back in school eventually, lunches will be back, and our revenues will change.”

Banana Bread: Four Ways

Maya Goldstein, Food & Culture Editor

May 26, 2020

As many have also experienced, I’ve found myself making much more banana bread than I would normally during quarantine. These recipes are my top four so far. All work best with overripe bananas and call for them to be smashed; I prefer to use a potato masher, but two forks do the trick as well.  The first is my personal favorite—it’s super dense and buttery and the flavo...

With this recipe, vegan chocolate chip cookies can taste just as good as ones made with dairy and eggs.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 22, 2020

At the end of February, I decided to go vegan for a month. The decision to go vegan was due to a variety of factors, the main reason for me being the en...

These time-consuming and delicious donuts are perfect to make if you have a lot of free time due to the pandemic.

These Heavenly Donuts Are Perfect for Quarantine

April 22, 2020

Be warned: this recipe takes time. Make the dough the day before you want to serve the donuts; pretty much every step takes longer than you think, so give ...

Whole Roasted Cauliflower: A Perfect Quarantine Meal

Whole Roasted Cauliflower: A Perfect Quarantine Meal

March 26, 2020

Whole roasted cauliflower is one of the hottest menu items this winter. The craze began with Tel Aviv chef Eyal Shani and spread quickly to New York, LA...

Pictured: Tofu curry from Tampoco.

The Next Restaurants You Go to Should Be The Shops At Porter

March 23, 2020

Hidden behind the doors of Lesley University's Porter Square campus is a hidden gem. Take a few steps beyond Bourbon Coffee and you'll meet a hallway of sm...

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