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One day in Napa

Peju, Alpha Omega, and Artesa are some of our favorite wineries and are all cool with walk-ins. For food, depending on where you are along 29: Gott's Roadside (St. Helena), Brix (Oakville), Pizzeria Tra Vigne (St. Helena), Allegria (Napa downtown), and ad hoc (Yountville)

Need NEW Recipes for Lent

These aren't about fish (I live in a landlocked state where I eye the fish selection at the grocery store with more than a bit of skepticism), but I'll throw them out there anyway. Quiche has protein and a lot of versatility as far as vegetables and cheeses. Spinach enchiladas and peanut noodles are also decent on the protein side. I haven't tried Smitten's sesame noodles, but they look good: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/04/peanut-sesame-noodles/

Do you have an acquired taste?

Tabouli was a definite acquired taste for me, but now I can't get enough of it!

Mushrooms and shrimp I learned to like in the same way: first eating them fried and dipped in whatever creamy sauce was available (ranch dressing or horseradish, respectively), followed by not-breaded but thoroughly doused in garlic butter.

Also, Chick-Fil-A nuggets - when I got to college, I hated them because they tasted too much like pickles. They were the only recognizable protein available at lunch most of the time, though, so I ate them anyway. Again, now a favorite.

A Serious Eater vs. college food.

I'm in college (though thankfully I now live in an apartment) and this was one of my big questions too! I didn't really cook in my dorm room very much--not nearly as much as I thought I would. Clean up was difficult because even though I had a sink in my room, it was tiny. There was also a rule against open coils and knives longer than a pocket-knife. The two things I was most excited about when I moved into an apartment were being able to make toast and having my own bathroom. In that order.

When I did cook in the dorm, I relied on Whole Foods. At least at the location near me, they have a refrigerated section by the salad bar with things like cooked pasta ($2/pound!), grilled and chopped chicken, small containers of chopped veggies for pizza toppings, and such--small quantities for surprisingly little money. I'd buy some pasta and some veggies to take back to the dorm, where I'd microwave the veggies in a coffee mug along with a little water, salt, and garlic powder. When they were nearly done, I'd add the pasta just to warm it and then finish with some parmesan.

Here are a couple of microwave recipes I never actually tried but that always looked interesting to me:
http://cookingwithkim.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/weeknight-lasagna-roll-ups/
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/06/easy-chocolate-peanut-butter-crunch-fudge-recipe.html

I mainly cooked at the Newman Center (Catholic student center) - at my school, Newman has a kitchen open for student use. Look around at different schools; various organizations may have a similar set up. Greek house kitchens are often off-limits to students, since they're used by professionals for providing house dinners and such.

Enjoy! College is a blast :)

Taste Test: Every Flavor of Chobani Greek Yogurt

My all-time favorite Greek yogurt is plain Oikos with just a splash of cream to smooth the tartness and a drizzle of honey on top. Breakfast almost every day...yum...

That being said, when I'm on the go, I like the convenience and flavor of Chobani. Peach is my favorite. I grew up eating Yoplait lemon yogurt so the lemon Chobani makes me nostalgic while still being protein-y and pucker inducing enough to remind me that, yes, I'm indeed an adult and have non-sugar-overload tastes to match (I think)
I like the Pom flavor but not the seeds; ditto pineapple chunks. I can't decide if the apple cinnamon is disgusting or brilliant, but I'm leaning toward the former. Strawberry is too cooked in flavor for me but pretty much inoffensive.

The Food Lab: How to Make Chicken Tikka Masala at Home

Chicken tikka masala tastes like college to me. I'd never had Indian food before, but a friend foraged a leftover pan of it from some sort of lecture (free food = college kid magnet) and we attacked it at around 11 one night. Loved the stuff ever since.

I spent months believing it was impossible to get tired of chicken tikka masala. However, I was proved wrong after said friend worked his magic again and brought us FIVE full sheet pans. No matter how awesome the food, I found that having it seven times in three days hits my limit.

Where to eat in St Louis?

We'll have seven adults and seven kids ages 2-10 tomorrow night. Kid friendly is necessary, but it has to appeal to the food lover grown ups, too. Gluten free is appreciated but not required.

Some of the places we've liked: Rooster, Gelateria del Leone, Pi, and Schlafly Bottleworks.

We'd prefer to go somewhere near Forest Park, but are willing to drive

Thanks!