Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Debra Schafer

Students use artistic endeavors as personal outlets

The past year has been difficult for everyone, but especially for creatives. With few outlets to express themselves and an even smaller amount of places to look to for inspiration, many students found themselves in a bind. But a handful of the College’s most artistic students were able to push through by turning to their lifelong hobbies, the music they listened to and even their classes for inspiration.

Lions’ Plate: Filling French Comfort Stew

Although winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21, as soon as people start writing December on the top of their notebook or catch a glimpse of it on their lock screen, they are dead set in winter mode. Puffy jackets, snow boots, holiday films, and comfort food are a go once midnight strikes on Dec. 1. For many, winter brings Christmas cookies and morning cups of tea. For others, it is steaming bowls of homemade stew that kick off the cold weather.

Lions’ Plate: Baked Holiday Apples

Typically, holidays like Thanksgiving are all about recipes that have been passed down from generations. A lot of people are used to the turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce drama that goes on in the kitchen for these traditional recipes, but what about adding a modern touch to the buffet? 

Lions’ Plate: Cocoa vanilla creme pie — the perfect Thanksgiving dessert

So you like pie, but you’re looking for something more than the fruit that comes with them. Trust me, you’re not alone. While people enjoy a slice of pie now and then, many would rather enjoy the flavors of a traditional cake instead. Nobody says you can’t have both!

Lions’ Plate: Harry Potter and the ‘Butterbeer’ cookies

Can you believe that the very first Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” was released in theaters 19 years ago this week? That’s right: the first film of the global franchise came out on Nov. 14, 2001. In honor of Mr. Potter, the Weasleys, our favorite know-it-all Hermione Granger and the whole Hogwarts gang, let's make the famous “Butterbeer” cookies. 

Lions’ Plate: Chocolate drizzled, no-bake granola bars

For many college students, granola bars, yogurt bars and protein bars make up a large portion of the weekly diet. The quick-to-grab, easy-to-travel-with items are a staple for students on the go. 

Lions’ Plate: Sweet potato fries make for a sugary snack

If you’ve been looking for a way to make sweet potato fries a main course instead of just a measly side dish, this recipe has got you covered. Sweet potato fries are much more than an accompaniment to your favorite diner. These crispy yet fluffy fries have endless possibilities. 

Lions’ Plate: ‘Best of both worlds’ greek salad sandwich

So you like salads, you like sandwiches and you often find yourself ordering a restaurant-curated menu combination of the two when you’re picking up takeout or joining friends for some outdoor dining, right? Trust me, you’re far from the only one, and trust me when I say you could have the best of both worlds with the following recipe. 

Lions’ Plate: Two-pot stir fry has endless possibilities

Nothing is more exciting than a dish that can be made with just a handful of utensils. With less to clean and more counter space to cut up extra ingredients, a recipe requiring minimal utensils should probably be a staple on your menu at least once a week. The simplicity of a singular pot or pan is thrilling to many, so two-pot recipes often get overlooked. However, don’t count this one out just yet.

Lions’ Plate: Overnight oats, banana bread style

Nothing tops a slice of freshly made banana bread straight out of the oven, but these overnight oats come very close to it. Overnight oats are such a wonderful concept for college students because it allows you to meal prep ahead of time and play around with flavors, textures and ingredients that are probably already lying around the kitchen. 

Machine Gun Kelly knocked down every wall with ‘Tickets to My Downfall’

Most people know Machine Gun Kelly as the rapper who traded diss tracks with Eminem, or as the artist on “Bad Things,” the chart-topping hit he had alongside Camila Cabello, that took over airwaves between late 2016 and early 2017. 

Lions’ Plate: Personalized Banana Pepper Salsa

Chips and salsa is a great everyday snack, as unconventional as it might sound. This isn’t replacing your favorite granola bar or that quick handful of veggie straws, but instead adding another filling snack.

Lions’ Plate: Foolproof layered chicken wrap

Between classes, assignments, clubs and internships, it can be hard to find time in the middle of the day to grab lunch. It can be especially difficult to make the meal yourself because the dining hall is closed if you live off campus. Trying out a healthy and exciting dish just might make lunchtime more interesting. Even on your busiest day, this chicken wrap recipe covers all of your cravings in a quick, fresh and foolproof way.

Lions’ Plate: Summer’s End Smoothie Bowl

If you’re still hanging onto that last bit of warm weather before the leaves start to turn for fall, nothing screams “Summer!” more than a fresh smoothie bowl. This healthy, homemade recipe will not only satisfy your cravings and remind you of a time before fall classes, but it will make the most of all the delectable fruits that are still in season.

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