All Posts by Christina Barkanic

Easter Ham

Easter is just a few days away, and traditionally, most families feast on ham on this holiday. While the grocery store may seem like a convenient place to purchase your main course, those hams have probably been shipped across the country in plastic. Perhaps you should rethink your vendor this year.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 04/20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

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Asparagus and Artichoke Dip

Now that April is upon us, it means that asparagus is coming into season! This dip is a quick and easy way to utilize this versatile vegetable.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 04/06, 2011 at 01:40 PM

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Parsnip Soup

It’s almost April, and spring foods like green peas and asparagus are just around the corner. However, until the cold weather leaves for good, keep warm with a bowl of parsnip soup. This root vegetable is closely related to the carrot with a distinct sweet and butter flavor, which is ideal for this hearty soup.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 03/29, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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Café Lemont

In the small town of Lemont, just minutes outside of State College, sits an enchanting Victorian house that is home to Café Lemont. With its inviting front porch and charming exterior, Café Lemont had exceeded our expectations before we entered.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 03/25, 2011 at 01:35 PM

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Pesto and Prosciutto Pizza

Try homemade pizza tonight in place of delivery. It will be hot out of the oven in the same amount of time a cardboard box could arrive on your doorstep—and it’s much more satisfying.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas in State College

Are you still looking for a way to spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Why not dine out at a local restaurant that promises to serve fresh, seasonal food in a romantic setting? 

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/11, 2011 at 02:21 PM

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Farming for the Future

I had the pleasure of attending my first PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) Conference at the Penn Stater last Friday. Farmers and environmentalists mingled with chefs and artists. Tables displayed everything from cheeses and jams to knitted socks and baby chicks. This place had it all – an energetic community with a common purpose: to farm with our futures in mind.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/10, 2011 at 04:44 PM

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Ravioli Soup

There’s nothing more satisfying than a tasty soup to warm up a cold, snowy day. This flavor-packed soup will definitely do the trick, not to mention, it’s very simple to make!

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/03, 2011 at 11:55 AM

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Pork Chop Saute with Balsamic-Dried Plum Sauce

Pork is a great substitute for traditional chicken dishes that can get repetitive and boring. For this dish, garlic, shallots, and dried plums (which add a sweet zest to the sauce) compliment each other and are absorbed by the pork chops. This is a quick and easy recipe that will please all!

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 01/31, 2011 at 01:51 PM

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