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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:

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:

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.