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Pumpkin spice latte’s BFF: Easy pumpkin muffins

Posted by Lauren Wininger on September 18, 2014 @ 01:31 a.m. EDT
Tags: Campus Cooking, Fall, Pumpkin Spice, Recipe


Well, it’s that time of year again. As the leaves slowly start to change around campus, fall becomes the perfect opportunity to bundle up, put on some Netflix, and take advantage of the delicious fall harvest.

My favourite part about fall (and every season for that matter), is the familiar scents and tastes that
accompany the season. If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte, you’ll adore these muffins.

This recipe is so easy to make and your house will immediately fill up with the wonderful smell of homemade baking. As an added bonus, your housemates will love you for whipping up such a tasty treat.

4 eggs
1 ½ c. vegetable oil
1 ¾ c. pumpkin puree
2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking ...

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Easy five-ingredient meals

Posted by Kyla Craig on September 15, 2014 @ 07:37 p.m. EDT
Tags: Campus Cooking, Chicken, Pasta, Quesadillas, Recipes

A new school year has begun, bringing with it the very busy and somewhat stressful student life. It can be hard to find time to make meals that are both satisfying and nutritious when we’re preoccupied with academics, extracurriculars and part-time jobs.

In the midst of all this activity, it’s easy to resort to eating foods like Kraft Dinner or Mr. Noodles every night because they take little time and effort to prepare. Lucky for you, there are easy and quick alternatives available to replace those less healthy choices.

Here are some examples of dinners that require five ingredients or less:

Pasta bow tie

Parmesan bow ties
1/8 cup of zesty Italian salad dressing
1/8 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
dash of salt and pepper
½ tbsp minced parsley
1 cup farfelle pasta

1. Cook ...

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Zesty lemon squares

Posted by Leigh Cameron on September 8, 2014 @ 09:55 p.m. EDT
Tags: Baking, Dessert, Lemon, Recipe

Lemon square

When life gives you lemons, make lemon squares.

This tasty dessert recipe has been in my family for a long time and is a staple at our dinners. It’s so good that I always request it instead of cake on my birthday. In a world full of chocolate and vanilla flavoured desserts, a lemon-based treat is a refreshing change.

It’s relatively inexpensive to make and the perfect size to bring as a dessert to a potluck dinner. Be warned though: if you bake it for a lemon fanatic like myself, you may never be allowed to make a different dessert!


1 cup flour
½ cup butter
¼ cup sugar

1 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp ...

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Crunchy broccoli salad

Posted by Erin Rooney on September 4, 2014 @ 10:48 p.m. EDT
Tags: Broccoli, Cooking, Salad


My mom received this recipe about 20 years ago from a family friend and ever since it has always been a favourite.

When I was growing up, I always helped my mom make it for barbeques and parties that we held at our house. It was one of the first few recipes that I asked my mom for when I moved to Queen’s.

Crunchy broccoli salad is perfect for parties and I have often brought it to potlucks to share with friends. I have also brought it to work lunches with co-workers. Whenever I bring this dish to a potluck, it’s always devoured and deemed delicious by those who eat it. The salad has a fresh and light taste that makes it a favourite for all ages.

I have always loved eating and trying different kinds of ... Read more...

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Summery sun tea

Posted by Katherine Meagher on August 25, 2014 @ 04:37 p.m. EDT
Tags: Summer drinks, Sun tea

Sun tea

It’s hot, it’s sticky and you’re craving the perfect cool drink at the end of a long day.

Sun tea is very popular in the southern United States for its mild and refreshing flavour. And it requires almost no effort to make — the drink needs just five minutes of assembly.

Homemade sun tea requires only five things: a jar, water, tea bags, extras and a sunny spot to sit for a few hours. This drink is so easy to make, it might just become a daily summer fix.

It’s important to use a glass — not plastic — jar, so that the sun will brew the tea properly. The glass should be clear on all sides and a metal lid will help it to heat up (and brew) more effectively. The size of jar is ... Read more...

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On-the-go breakfast bars

Posted by Betsy Hu on August 10, 2014 @ 10:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: Breakfast, Chocolate Chips, Healthy, Oatmeal, Recipe

Oatmeal bars

It’s summer and we’re constantly surrounded by the lure of barbeques, ice cream and other amazing but not-so-good-for-you foods. I myself am guilty of consuming tasty unhealthy foods. And because of this, I’m always on the hunt for delicious healthy foods I can make.

This nutritious breakfast bar can be stored for later, and is especially good when it’s heated and eaten with milk. It’s also a great snack between meals.
There’s lots of oatmeal packed into this bar – a major health perk. Oats are low in calories and fat, as well as high in fiber and protein, which helps subdue those intense sugar cravings.

2 cup oats
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg

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Gloriously grapefruit cupcakes

Posted by Rachel Herscovici on July 17, 2014 @ 01:24 p.m. EDT
Tags: Baking, cupcakes, grapefruit

Grapefruit cupcakes

Nothing says summer better than citrus.

I experimented with grapefruit cupcakes after I realized I became bored with lemon or mock cocktail desserts and wanted something a little different. Grapefruits were the unexpected and yet obvious choice for my summer cupcake recipe.

When I first shared the idea with those around me they were pretty skeptical about how it would taste, though. Apparently grapefruits are a divisive fruit.

Regardless, be bake-assured these cupcakes are perfect whether you like grapefruit or not.

They aren’t too sweet and have the perfect tang.

Many of the recipes I consulted in my research phase opted for glazes rather than butter creams, but I am a real sucker for my classic frosting and I love experimenting with the traditional.

I kept my cake recipe relatively simple so you can play around ... Read more...

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Maple berry granola

Posted by Chandra Erickson on June 24, 2014 @ 09:59 a.m. EDT
Tags: berry, breakfast, Canada Day, Cooking, dessert, granola, maple, recipe


Maple syrup is a Canadian treat, and with Canada Day just around the corner what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than with this delicious maple granola crunch?

The options with the maple granola crunch are endless, as the recipe can be easily adjusted to accommodate any individual preference, dietary restriction, serving size or meal. Whether you would simply prefer to include blueberries instead of strawberries, this recipe invites such creativity. Blueberries and blackberries make great Fourth of July additions. Ingredients such as, kiwi, almonds, pecans or coconut shreds are also excellent substitutions and additions.

For whatever plans you may already have for Canada Day, the maple granola crunch will have you covered whether as a breakfast treat or midday snack. It is a simple recipe that requires little time to prepare, and can be easily thrown together. ... Read more...

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Nothing beats beets

Posted by Shannon Duane on June 8, 2014 @ 05:45 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cooking, health

Beet grilled cheese

Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current grilled cheese situation? Fret no more, this beet and arugula grilled cheese recipe is bound to spice up your life.

Beets are loaded with nutritional value. They contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron, not to mention vitamins A, B & C. Not only will this grilled cheese recipe leave you feeling energized, you’ll likely feel at ease after consuming this marvelous sandwich. Beets contain tryptophan, an amino acid known to relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. A grilled cheese that can improve your mental health is a sandwich for the recipe books.

Still not convinced that this is the grilled cheese for you? Like beets, arugula is also in season, and the following recipe tastefully incorporates this healthy green. Arugula can ... Read more...

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Beet and carrot salad

Posted by Chandra Erickson on June 8, 2014 @ 05:43 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cooking, healthy, salad, seasonal

Beet and carrot spring salad

Everyone knows the saying you are what you eat. You can make the most of your health and nutrition by indulging in some seasonal, spring recipes that use ingredients, such as arugula, asparagus, beets, carrots and spinach.

When you choose in-season fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the economic factors of having to import. If everyone used in-season ingredients to cook , it would stimulate the local farming economy and would help increase their sales. Purchasing local in-season vegetables and fruits also should cost relatively less, due to the reduced transportation that is required for delivery.

Eating in-season produce also guarantees that your fruits and vegetables are at the peak of freshness and carry fewer chemicals when you buy and cook them. You can even plant your own garden, and grow ... Read more...

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