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Creating a New Year’s Eve Party Playlist

Posted by Devin Weakland on 12/28 at 08:00 AM

Now that the holiday buzz is starting to slow down, it’s time to get ready to ring in the new year!  Whether you’re planning a chill night with close friends or a fancy party with everyone you know, you definitely want to commemorate 2011 with a killer playlist of the songs that mark favorite memories of the year. Here are four easy tips for creating the perfect party playlist for New Year’s Eve:

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Ryan Kappy’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 12/26 at 09:28 PM

Music for the year 2011 was one for the ages. I followed releases from about 50 bands in both the major and independent labels, and genres from alternative rock to metalcore. But there were a select few albums that I truly became in awe of based on the flow and overall sound of the album. Here is my top ten list of my favorite albums of 2011.

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December Cookies: World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan

Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/22 at 10:00 AM

Dorie Greenspan is an accomplished food writer and cookbook author, and her World Peace cookies are all over the Internet. (Find out how they got their name here.)

They are French shortbreads with a generous amount of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of fleur de sel (French finishing sea salt) to yield a really intense flavor. Find more of Dorie’s delectable dessert recipes in her book, BAKING: From My Home to Yours.

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December Cookies: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/20 at 03:33 PM

The combination of pumpkin puree and oatmeal makes these cookies nice and chewy. The white chocolate chips are sweet, and the dried cherries are sour. And the spices couldn’t be more festive.

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December Cookies: Rum Balls

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 12/15 at 03:30 PM

‘Tis the season to indulge! Enjoy favorite holiday cookies from Local Food Journey contributors this week and next. And feel free to share your own recipes in the comment section below.

First up: Rum Balls from Kristin Camplese of Cuizoo.

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Five Gift Ideas for the Gardener in Your Life

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/12 at 02:58 PM

Looking to buy a holiday gift for that special gardener in your life? Here are five great suggestions:

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Holiday Greetings from the Farm!

Posted by Kim Tait on 12/09 at 12:25 PM

We are home to many local families’ holiday traditions and lasting memories. There is an honesty and simplicity that comes with the annual pilgrimage to Tait Farm. The ritual is predictable, as well as comforting—it often includes cutting a tree, chatting with friends, visiting the Bassets, sipping a cup of tea, and sampling our food products in the Harvest Shop

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Weather Woes

Posted by James Eisenstein on 12/07 at 04:37 PM

For most people, the weather gives us something to talk about besides religion and politics. Bad weather can produce gloom, glorious days joy, rainy spells inconvenience. But really, we live indoors and travel mostly in enclosed spaces, so life pretty much goes on regardless of the weather. Not so for folks who work outdoors. Bad weather means no work for roofers and tree trimmers. Rain means less pleasant work for garbage men and traffic police.

But for farmers, the state of the weather has profound consequences that most people are not even aware of. So read on and improve your comprehension of just what a huge impact the weather has on folks who grow your food.

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Artist to Watch: Machine Gun Kelly

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 12/06 at 01:31 PM

Machine Gun Kelly is a tall tattooed white kid with a bad attitude that reps Cleveland, Ohio. He’s is only 21 years old, and has already had public disputes with fellow emcees Yelawolf and Kid Cudi, called out Lebron James for being a weak athlete, and been arrested for disorderly conduct after he single handedly organized a flash mob in a suburban mall via Twitter. Machine Gun Kelly is loud, obnoxious, and he really doesn’t care about anything but music and enjoying himself - or what he calls “raging.” But, despite, or perhaps in spite, of his abrasive demeanor, this kid can rap. Not only can he flow faster than Twista, but Machine Gun Kelly can rhyme about pretty much anything. Together his talent and rebellious nature produce the perfect recipe for the next big thing.

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Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 12/05 at 05:28 PM

‘Tis the season for cranberries! Share your favorite recipe this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks.

Continue reading to see Kristin’s recipe for Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce.

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Breathe Carolina played Penn State at Alumni Hall, Friday, 12/2

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 12/05 at 05:07 PM

‘Crunkcore’ specialists Breathe Carolina brought their dancing shoes to full intensity at the HUB this past Friday, sponsored by the Late Night Committee of the Student Programming Association (SPA).

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Winner of the Pear Recipe Contest

Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/01 at 02:40 PM

Congratulations to Sarah Zappe of Port Matilda for her Cream Cheese and Pear Tart! She is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Fasta Ravioli Company.

Continue reading to see Sarah’s recipe, as well as Pamela’s Stewed Pears.

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SPA Presents Breathe Carolina at Alumni Hall, Friday, 12/2, 10PM

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 12/01 at 01:49 PM

Breathe Carolina, an electronic rock group from Denver, CO, will be bringing their dance style music with screaming vocals to Alumni Hall in the HUB this Friday, 12/2, at 10PM (doors open at 9:30PM). This concert, sponsored by the Late Night Committee of the Student Programming Association (SPA), has free tickets with a valid PSU student ID.

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