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Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/13 at 02:49 PM
Okay, so I’m a little late on this, but better late than never, right? 90s band Republica released a new track this past March called “Christiana Obey.” The song is a dark track that is reminiscent of their earlier sound. It’s hard to tell exactly what this song is about, but I interpret it as a message of a woman who possesses two personalities, good and evil. Christiana is the evil side. She must be tamed and forced to “obey” the good side’s behavior and actions. If my interpretation is correct, this is a very interesting song. It’s personally very relatable. It’s too bad it won’t receive more airplay. They retain their 90s sound, almost too much, which wouldn’t fit in with the only somewhat 80s/90s-inspired (but not half as creative) music of today.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/12 at 11:35 AM
This past Tuesday night, the Friends and Farmers Cooperative held a Meet and Greet at Whiskers in the Nittany Lion Inn. The event featured some local food created by Andrew Monk, who is the executive chef of the Nittany Lion Inn and big supporter of both local food and the Co-op. The event also was a way to inform the community about the progress the Co-op has been making, including the building of a Co-op grocery store.
Posted by Jessica Gold on 12/11 at 05:07 PM
Mack Wilds, also know as Tristan Wilds is moving his way up the R&B music ladder. This triple-treat is now focusing his attention towards a singing and production career, although he has been in the spotlight for his acting skills since about 2005. Wilds began his acting career in the N’s drama mini-series, Miracle Boys and then appeared in the HBO Drama television series, The Wire in 2006. Wilds played a pre-teen student by the name of Michael Lee. A few years later, Wilds joined the cast of the CW drama series, 90210 as Dixon Wilson. The 24-year-old can also be seen in films such as: Red Tails, a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, The Secret Life of the Bees as Dakota Fanning’s love interest, and an independent film called Half Nelson.
Posted by Jessica Gold on 12/09 at 05:08 PM
23-year-old Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea, just released a hot new jam produced by DJ Mustard, according to Global Grind. It’s called “Leave It,” and the bass on the track is crazy. It will definitely have your speakers bumping. It’s a pretty simple song but the flow of her bars and the hook make it very catchy.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/09 at 09:04 AM
If you love the kind of heat that only a great hot sauce can provide, then Red Hawk Premium Peppers offers your kind of product line. The Reedsville company offers a variety of rubs, sauces, powders, and other condiments such as hot pepper jelly.
The owner of Red Hawk Premium Peppers is Dan Lowenstein. Dan notes that the love of hot spice is in his blood. “I was very fortunate to inherit my love of heat from my little Irish Grandmother,” he said. “She was very well known for carrying her own shaker of red pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce in her small purse. Ever since I was a child, I have loved a little fire in my food.”
Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/05 at 04:18 PM
December isn’t only reserved for holiday tunes and festive melodies. You can listen to all types of music during this time. And quite frankly, I get tired of hearing all of the Christmas songs all over the radio. So instead of a typical holiday playlist, here’s a list of some songs I can’t get off my mind. A few of them fall under the holiday category, but overall they are in the pop realm. Here are 12 songs for the 12th month of the year.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/05 at 10:13 AM
Way Fruit Farm offers all sorts of things that are good to eat; from different types of fruit to a variety of local food products from places like Tait Farm Foods and Hogs Galore. But their bread and butter, what put them on the map, is of course apples.
As a big fan of Way Fruit Farm, I can tell you that I see a lot of people buying huge amounts of apples for all sorts of recipes. I met a woman there last year who was baking apple pies for recipes, planning on giving them as gifts…a total of 25 pies! Apple pies certainly are a great way to use Way’s apple bounty, but I recently had the opportunity to talk to Megan Coopey, who with her husband Jason are co-owners of Way Fruit Farm, about some other recipes for apples. Jason and Megan are two reasons to visit Way Fruit Farm, always friendly and helpful, and Megan was glad to help by giving me several fantastic recipes that would make a fantastic addition (or additions) to the Holiday table.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/04 at 08:30 AM
Special to Local Food Journey by Carolyne Meehan
The Friends and Farmers Cooperative Meet and Greet at Whisker’s in the Nittany Lion Inn on Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. will be a fun, delicious, and informational evening. Chef Andrew Monk will be serving up light appetizers prepared with local ingredients and a cash bar will be open for refreshments. Chef Monk has been a big supporter of the cooperative’s goal to make more local produce, meat and dairy more accessible to all. He has been making big changes as the executive chef of the Nittany Lion Inn - serving up local grass fed burgers that come from a single steer and introducing folks to local kale and beets as the stars in his main dishes. He is also big into the concept of “nose to tail” cooking, a method that involves serving up dishes to incorporate all cuts of meat.
Posted by James Sechrengost on 12/02 at 08:30 AM
When I was still a young man my father handed me his rifle and one bullet. He said “bring a deer home or don’t come home.” Now to some that might seem cruel. To me it was a challenge. By the time my father said that, I was good with a rifle, actually very good. He was actually kidding. Well, sort of kidding, we really needed the meat.
So I traipsed out into the snow to get some meat. I came home a few hours later dragging a buck behind me. I always enjoyed hunting. The time in the woods by myself, the skill in tracking the game, testing myself, pushing the limits. After I got older and served and did some other things I lost my taste for hunting but not for venison. So when I can get my hands on some I love to make it in new and interesting ways. Here I have included my recipe for venison chili, crockpot style.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/26 at 09:25 AM
Traditionally, unless of course you are vegetarian or vegan, turkey holds top billing at the Thanksgiving table. We’ve all seen the classic “Freedom from Want” painting by Norman Rockwell, an image that quickly became the template for our truly American holiday, Thanksgiving. Grandma lowers the giant golden-brown bird onto the table, as all the relatives ooo and ahh.
But really, the sides are the co-stars of this culinary production, and rightfully so. While there is certainly nothing wrong with tradition, they don’t have to be sugary sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, or “cranberry sauce a la Bart” direct from a can (Simpsons reference). With local ingredients, they can have flair and pizzazz that almost steals the show from the big turkey (not your one annoying uncle, I mean the main course).
Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/20 at 05:15 PM
The 90s brought forth slow ‘jamz,’ sleek music videos, and a more subdued attitude compared to the prior decade. This attitude change did not only occur in the R&B world, but also in rock as well, with the death of hair metal and the bursting popularity of the mellow, somewhat depressing sounds of grunge. However, R&B and soul was where it was most apparent. Lisa Fischer’s 1991 hit, “How Can I Ease the Pain,” is very representative of this.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/20 at 09:46 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced they awarded 71 grants in 42 states to help the schools connect their cafeteria with local farmers. The grants are part of the “Farm to School”
program. In Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia won one of the awards and will use the money to launch a pilot local food project, offering local blueberries to students at two schools. The second year, they will expand this to collard greens.
Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/19 at 05:44 PM
Chris Brown’s sixth studio album, X was set to release on Tuesday, November 19, after being pushed back from its original July 16 release date. However, his fans will have to wait until Tuesday, December 3 now. It has been about a year and a half since Brown released his last album Fortune which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200. Since the album has been delayed twice, Brown promised his fans via Twitter that he will release five new songs on November 19, TODAY. It has been released in the form of the EP X-Files.
Posted by James Sechrengost on 11/18 at 09:37 AM
For me, fall always means changing colors, cooler temperatures, and soups. When my wife was alive we would love putting together a soup or stew, throwing it in a crockpot and heading out to enjoy the fall season. When we got back the whole house smelled of soup. We would warm up by the fire with our bowls of soup and a big slice of bread smothered in butter. To this day those are some of my fondest memories. So to me fall is soup and soup is love and comfort. Here is one of the recipes we used to make on those blustery days, squash and corn soup:
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