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Roasted Potato Salad

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/30 at 03:52 PM

Tomorrow is the last day to enter our potatoes recipe contest! How do you prepare Russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and new potatoes? Share your recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry.

Looking for inspiration? Continue reading for my favorite potato salad recipe.

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Live Local Music

Artist on the Rise: Kendrick Lamar

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 01/27 at 02:55 PM

Kendrick Lamar is a hard spitting lyrical wordsmith that hails from Compton, California. Although the city is known as the birthplace of “Gangster Rap,” Kendrick’s style is more insightful to everyday life and culture in Compton as opposed to just the gangsta aspect. One fan described him as having the consciousness and lyricism of Lupe Fiasco with the presence and charisma of Pusha T. I couldn’t agree more. Kendrick was signed at the age of 16 by his current record label Top Dog Entertainment (TDE). Along with label mates Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab Soul, they form the group “Black Hippy,” who have called themselves the new “Westside Connection.”

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Local Bands to Know: Flashback Forward

Posted by Matt D'Ippolito on 01/26 at 05:00 PM

Student rockers Flashback Forward are tired of the same old, same old in State College. That’s why the band is trying to invigorate the local music scene with its own brand of hard rock, something members of the band say is missing here.

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Our Town: Nanty Glo Off To A Great Start!

Posted by Whitney on 01/26 at 09:57 AM

With about 20 members of the Nanty Glo community in attendance at yesterday’s meeting, Jessica and I are thrilled to begin working on the 65th episode of “Our Town.” We heard some amazing story ideas—-many about the rich history and culture, but also about the revitalization efforts currently underway and the great work of local service organizations. With so many folks in attendance at our kick-off meeting, it’s clear to see this is a community that cares about its town and its neighbors! We cannot wait to learn more.

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Local Bands To Know: Runaway Heroes

Posted by Christopher Will on 01/26 at 02:37 AM

With such a large and diverse student body, Penn State University flaunts a brilliant local music scene among students, composed of young men and women with innovative minds and exceptional talent.  However, very few acts have shown as much promise so early in the game as the indie-rock outfit Runaway Heroes. With singer/songwriter/guitarist Ryan Fox (sophomore – advertising), bassist Collin Edger-Smith (sophomore – engineer), singer/guitarist Zane Matsko (sophomore – English), singer/lead guitarist Nate Spilman (sophomore – business), and drummer Mike Hickman (freshman – economics), Runaway Heroes showcases a novel brand of alternative rock, brimming with musicality and meaning.

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Why Organic? Part 1: Introduction

Posted by James Eisenstein on 01/25 at 01:09 PM

My brother, a witty fellow indeed, never misses an opportunity to respond to my every utterance of the term “organic food” by saying that he much prefers it to inorganic food like rocks and plastic. His response follows a long tradition of cleverly tormenting his little brother, but it also revives my suspicion that many people don’t actually know what “organic food” is or why anyone would want to produce it or consume it. If this sounds like you (or even if it doesn’t), read on.

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Our Town

WPSU Brings Next Our Town Program to Nanty Glo!

Posted by Whitney on 01/23 at 12:29 PM

Jessica Peters and I have begun making contacts with people in Nanty Glo, PA as we prepare to kick off the 65th episode of the series. We’ll be traveling to the area this week to start planning some of the details of the project with some community leaders and we can sense some enthusiasm around the program. We’ll be announcing community-wide events and meetings very soon, so stay tuned for that info. This project is all about bringing the residents of the area together and we want everyone to know they’re invited to participate in the project.

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Late January Greens

Posted by Tony Ricci on 01/23 at 09:20 AM

Green Heron Farm still has a nice supply of greens this week, but order early for those items – they fly off the shelf this time of year:

Baby Arugula
Baby Spinach
Baby Chard – Green, Red and Gold
Italian and Red Rib Dandelion

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Curried Chick Pea and Red Potato Hash

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 01/20 at 10:29 AM

I love the challenge of taking very disparate items and somehow bringing them together into a coherent dish. Certainly some of the dishes turn out a lot better than others, but it is always a fun experiment. In this case, I had new potatoes, garlic scapes (the green flower shoot from the garlic), green onions, parsley, and lots of eggs. I settled on a “hash” sort of thing and I was not disappointed. I love putting a slight twist on a very traditional approach and it was a delicious vegetarian entree. I served it with sauteed snow peas and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Don’t wait to make online seed orders for 2012 garden season!

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 01/18 at 06:48 PM

We are in the heart of winter, so buying garden seeds may not be the first thing on your mind. However, if you are planning on ordering seeds online (you will more choices online than you will in a store), now is the time to do so.

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Album Review: The Dreamer, The Believer by Common

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 01/18 at 01:13 PM

Common - The Dreamer, The Believer Review

Grade: B+

    After a three year hiatus from the rap game, Chicago veteran MC Common dropped his 9th studio album, “The Dreamer, The Believer” (TDTB) this past December. The album’s release marked his first album since 2008’s “Universal Mind Control” (UMC.) Although UMC was Grammy nominated, it received poor reviews and was considered to be a disappointment among Common’s fans. This time around, Common recruited longtime friend and Chicago native No I.D. to produce the entire album. TDTB is the first time the two have worked together since 1997’s “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” The album is also the first release on his new record label “Think Common,” even though he is still technically signed to Kanye West’s “G.O.O.D Music,” Imprint.

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Mark Your Calendar: Fiesta de invierno with Chef Pati Jinich

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/17 at 11:18 AM

Join Chef Pati Jinich of the new PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table for WPSU’s 20th Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner on Saturday, February 18th. Experience firsthand the adventurous cuisine found across Mexico with each dish serving as a point of departure into the country’s rich history and culture.

For more details, visit http://wpsu.org/events/conndinner2012.

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2012 Breakout Artist: Wallpaper.

Posted by Christopher Will on 01/16 at 05:51 PM

Eric Frederick may have started Wallpaper. as a mocking depiction of pop music, but his quirky lyrics and exceptional production have elevated the project to levels far beyond playful satire. While Frederick is the sole producer behind Wallpaper., he’s created an alter ego - the sleazy Ricky Reed - to commandeer the vocals and lyrics. Frederick intertwines funk and soul with muscular synthetic loops and off-the-wall beats, while his other self, Reed, spins tales of excess, booze, parties, and women with a mixture of low, gritty rapping and singing.

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Local Food Journey

Year Round Good Eating and Gratin Recipe

Posted by Harrison's Fresh + Local on 01/10 at 02:07 PM

Our local food partners are the stars behind the scenes at Harrison’s Wine Grill – we purchase from more than 20 local businesses during the growing season. During the winter, we focus more on the year-round products, especially locally produced cheese like our Goot Essa cheddar and Three Belle goat cheese, both from Millheim, Pa. We are working to bring more Pennsylvania artisanal cheeses onto our menu this year because our menu items designed around Goot Essa Sharp Cheddar have been so popular, especially the gratin recipe featured below.

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Potatoes Recipe Contest

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/05 at 12:23 PM

Russet potatoes. Sweet potatoes. Fingerling potatoes. New potatoes. How do you eat this starchy vegetable? Share your favorite recipe this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College. Entries must be submitted by midnight on January 31st. See contest details. And good luck!

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