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Rocking Around the Food Table

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make…holiday season the hardest time to eat well. If the plethora of food at holiday parties weren’t enough to disregard a diet at all, there are all those tempting holiday songs. From decking the halls and rockin’ around the tree, it’s a safe bet that whatever you do this holiday season, there will be plenty of food and drink involved. So toss on a Santa hat and dive into the spirit of the season with these food-mentioning classics. Just click the food in the lyrics to get the recipe if you want to make some holiday foods!

The Christmas Song – “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie and we’ll do some caroling”

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Sleigh Ride – “There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy when they pass around the coffee and the.. pumpkin pie

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Let It Snow – “It doesn’t show signs of stopping, and I’ve brought some corn for popping”
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas – “Now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer”

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You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – “You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel”

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There’s no recipe for this one unless you want a gross banana…but it mentioned food!

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Favorite Holiday Foods

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. to eat! Each year during the holiday time you plan what gifts you are getting others and of course the holiday foods that make the season truly bright. Families arrive from all around, inevitable conversations about college and how you don’t have a future planned out yet, and a lot of gift-giving happens during this time. This season is either peaceful and exciting, or hectic and full of anxiety. What a better way to top it all off with a holiday dinner?

We surveyed college students asking which holiday foods are their favorite and we listed the top 10 foods to get you into the holiday spirit:

(87%) Potatoes (Sweet, Mashed, etc.)

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(82%) Christmas Cookies

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(82%) Hot Chocolate

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(72%) Bread (Any kind)

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(57%) Fruit

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(57%) Vegetables

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(55%) Corn

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(54%) Stuffing

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(53%) Turkey

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(45%) Ham

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Give thanks for all the glorious food you’ll be eating this Thanksgiving dinner! It arrives every year and we bet your mind is thinking about what food you’re going to eat rather than when your next exam is, and you know what? That’s okay! Everyone craves Thanksgiving food as soon as Halloween is over. Now you and your family have to start thinking of what you guys want to cook. Well, look no further, because we have a mini Thanksgiving feast below with ideas for food starting with appetizers all the way to desserts! (The turkey being the main feast, of course)


Pumpkin Seed Flat Breads


“Here’s a seasonal addition to your harvesttime feast. From its pretty orange color to the irresistible crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds, this flatbread is pleasing to the eye and taste buds. Using sunflower kernels instead of pumpkin seeds is a yummy change.”

Holiday Bacon Bites


“This easy three-ingredient appetizer is a perfect bite for guests to snack on when they arrive. You top Club-style crackers with Parmesan cheese, wrap them in bacon and bake until crisp.”

Main dishes (other than turkey):

Classic Cheese Lasagna


“A simple yet robust marinara and a trio of cheeses meld into an intensely flavorful lasagna. A classic, perfected.”

Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze

“This year, try a flavorful glaze made with orange juice, brown sugar, and vinegar on your Thanksgiving bird.”


Corn Pudding

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“The pleasing flavor of this golden corn pudding side dish makes it real comfort food. And because the recipe calls for a packaged corn mix, it’s easy to prepare.”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Sweet potatoes with drizzled honey and a dash of cinnamon. The smell is so enticing and warm, which is perfect for this holiday season.


No-Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe


“This is a classic, unfussy pumpkin pie. We take it plain or, when feeling feisty, with a dollop of softly whipped cream. The spices are not overpowering, here. If you like your pie spicy, increase the cinnamon and ginger a little.”

Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread


“Moist & flavorful cranberry bread packed with orange zest, light cinnamon streusel, and an orange glaze.”

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Favorite Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween! Costumes will wander the streets tonight, spooky haunted houses all around, and most importantly, CANDY! People fixate on an important question around this time of year – a question with a not-so-easy answer. “Which Halloween candy is your favorite?” From the throwback Flavored Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers to the all-time classics such as Snickers, Skittles, Candy Corn, M&M’s, Starburst, Milky Ways, the list could go on and on – but the debate never ends.

We decided to ask a couple hundred students what their favorite candy is to see who the real winners are! The results are in…. *drum roll*

The winner is KIT KATS!

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Out of all the students we surveyed, over 56% loved some crunchy Kit Kats!

Right behind the delicious Kit Kat is the famous Reese’s Peanut Butter cup with about 53% who said they love it.


And finally in third place is the caramel filling, crunchy heaven. Twix! This candy bar was loved by 43% of the students surveyed.


And finally, our favored members below the top three (in order of most to least votes):

M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Nerds, Nestle Crunch, Candy Corn, Smarties, Twizzlers, Almond Joy, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, Jr. Mints, and Whoppers.

Now you know what to grab before it’s gone on the shelves! Happy Halloween!

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How to Bring The Force Into the Kitchen: A Star Wars Story

With all the buzz around Rogue One, it’s time to transform your kitchen into a space even a Hutt could love.

Death Star Waffle Maker

These waffles aren’t a weapon, but they sure do look like one. Transform your breakfast into the Death Star with this special waffle maker.


Darth Vader Oven Mitt

Wear these oven mitts to protect against the volcanic rivers of Mustafar … or just some fresh cookies. No one will underestimate your cooking abilities with this nifty tool.


Millennium Falcon Wooden Cutting Board

You’ll be the fastest chef in the galaxy using this cutting board. Just be careful while you’re chopping.


R2-D2 Ceramic Teapot

This isn’t a Jedi Mind trick, this cute teapot will actually hold your favorite warm beverage. Invite all your friends to tea before you go see the new movie!


Lightsaber Flatware Set

Would a spork look more like Darth Maul’s epic weapon? We’re unsure, but we do know this flatware set is bound to enhance even the blandest of meals.  


Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Hand Towel Set

We go together like … Stormtroopers and Darth Vader? Those may not be the lyrics, but these hand towels make the perfect set.


R2-D2 Popcorn Maker

Make the popcorn for your next Star Wars movie marathon in this festive air popper. You’ll feel like the Luke Skywalker of theater snacks.


R2-D2 Bowl Set

These ARE the droids you’re looking for. To hold the popcorn from the popcorn maker that is!


Death Star Kitchen Timer

Make sure your meals don’t implode with this helpful kitchen tool.


Darth Vader Toaster

Not only is this toaster shaped like your favorite villain, but it prints Star Wars on one side so you can let everyone know what franchise has your heart.


R2-D2 14 Liter Fridge

Store all your favorite beverages while you watch your favorite movies in this mini fridge shaped like the droid that stole our hearts.


6 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is often about family traditions, but if you’re looking for a twist on some classic autumn staples we’ve got you covered. We’ve collected six easy and delicious side dishes, desserts and a recipe for those leftovers to make Thanksgiving as easy as falling asleep after all that turkey.

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

We’re pretty sure this is what people mean when they say “bundle of joy.”

Cook bacon until just brown and let cool. Divide trimmed, blanched green beans into small groups (somewhere around six green beans in each) and wrap them with a half slice of the bacon. Make sure the loose end is on the bottom!

Sprinkle brown sugar over the bundles. Whisk together melted butter, salt and garlic powder and drizzle this on top. Then roast until the bacon is properly cooked. Serve warm.

Check out the full recipe here!

Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

Keep your asparagus warm on a cold, autumn night with a cheese blanket!

Cook asparagus until tender and place on a baking sheet. Season with salt and garlic pepper. Make sure to keep one cup of the water used to cook the asparagus. Then, melt butter and combine with flour in the same skillet. Pour this leftover asparagus water into the skillet to create a thick sauce.

Stir in all three cheeses after you turn off the heat. Once fully melted, pour the cheesy goodness over the asparagus and top with shredded mozzarella. Garnish how you please and dig in!

Check out the full recipe here!

Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash

We’re nuts about this side dish!

Cut a butternut squash into chunks and toss with olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on a baking sheet. Bake for about half an hour, adding pecans in the last 10 minutes. Viola! You have a super easy, delicious dish.

Check out the full recipe here!

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an apple dipped in caramel pumpkin cheesecake dip may bring a few friends running.

Combine caramels and pumpkin spice coffee creamer in a saucepan and heat until caramels have melted and combined with the creamer. Let it cool. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy and mix in some pure pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice while you continue beating the mixture.

Fold in a container of Cool Whip and cover the bottom of the serving bowl with caramel sauce. Make layers of dip and caramel until you have a ratio you like. Then, drizzle the remaining sauce on top of the layer to create a fun pattern! Serve immediately to prevent separation.

Check out the full recipe here!

Pumpkin Pie Crescents

You already fight over who will get the last crescent. Add pumpkin pie filling and a maple glaze and who knows what will happen!

After starting to preheat the oven to 375 ℉, you’ll want to combine the pumpkin pie mix, egg yolk, and spices. Place about one tbsp. of pumpkin pie mix on each unrolled crescent and roll them over once. Pinch the sides and continue rolling. Then place them on a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake until browned; typically 10-12 minutes. After they’ve cooled a bit, glaze them with a maple glaze for a truly fall-friendly taste.

Check out the full recipe here!

Leftover Turkey Frittata

Who wants to make an elaborate meal the day after Thanksgiving? Just throw some of that leftover turkey in a frittata and you can keep the festivities going without the hassle.

Start by setting the oven to broil. Then, whisk together eggs, shredded cheese, a little bit of salt and pepper and set this mixture aside. Heat a pan over medium heat and melt butter inside. Add spinach and let cook for approximately one minute.

Next, add turkey and some garlic until heated. Pour in the eggs and cheese and cook this for another five minutes. Finally, place the pan in the oven and broil it for about 4 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Check out the full recipe here!