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Beet Salad (looks less like guts in real life): With blue cheese, kalamata olives, and white wine vinaigrette.

By Jack Schneider-Gersick ’25   Ingredients 6 medium beets, washed, stems removed, unpeeled 20 unpitted kalamata olives, minced 1 wedge stilton cheese Pine nuts  White wine vinegar EVOO Salt pepper Method  Put an inch of cold water in a large pot and bring to a boil on high heat. When the water is boiling, float a medium metal bowl in the water and place the beets inside the bowl. Turn the heat down to medium, put the lid on the pot and steam until the beets are soft, about 50 minutes. Tip: you can check if beets are soft simply by poking them with a fork. If the fork slides through with little effort, they are ready. If it takes a lot of effort to get the fork through, they need more time Meanwhile, put 2 tablespoons of EVOO and 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar into a small glass…

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Friends’ Central Foodie- Recipes and More

Greetings friends central, This is the premier entry in a (hopefully) biweekly recipe column that I hope will both inspire you to become more culinarily active and serve to demystify the world of cooking. Not only will I provide recipes, but I will also give tips and tricks to be applied to more than one situation. All recipes in this column will be ones that I have personally come up with over the years. Each recipe is tested and refined before going into this column. So, without further adieu, let’s get into the column. Pan-seared duck breast With slow-roasted carrot purée and sautéed tatsoi Ingredients 4 duck breasts (2 packages), As fresh as you can manage, dried with a paper towel 8 carrots, peeled and sliced into roughly even spears 1 bunch ramps (if in season), washed 3 bunches tatsoi (or bok choy if you can’t find that), washed, stalks…


The Cafeteria’s Croissant Crisis

English muffins and breakfast sandwiches- the two don’t mix right, but when one of the only breakfast options at Friends Central is to get an English muffin breakfast sandwich, a lot of people are forced into getting this crumbly mess.  But there’s a catch! Seemingly randomly, one walks into the cafeteria, and in place of the bad muffins are perfectly baked croissants with the normal egg, cheese, bacon or sausage in between them. We have decided to investigate this strange phenomenon and get to the bottom of why the school can’t just have croissant breakfast sandwiches every day, instead of these horrible English muffins.   We started our investigation by asking a cafeteria staffer about a possible croissant schedule. From this questioning, we were able to get a complete breakfast sandwich bread weekly schedule. The results on the schedule shocked us.   Monday- Biscuit Tuesday- English Muffin Wednesday- Biscuit Thursday-…


FCS Waffles! Which is better?

The FCS waffle machine is a new edition to the cafeteria and everyone’s wondering which flavor of waffle to choose. Now, you may be confused, thinking, “Flavored waffles? What’s this?” Well, before you put your waffle mixture into the machine, you’re given a choice of flavor. Today we are going to see which one is considered better in students’ opinions, as well as our personal opinions on the two.   First off, here are some opinions by students who have used the waffle machine recently: Theo Schenck ‘24– “The normal waffle because that is what I ate yesterday. It’s easier to put toppings on (as well).” Theo Dankoff ‘24– “Normal, because it tastes better and has a better consistency.” Myles Roche ‘24 – “Normal. Strawberry is a really bad flavor to have in a waffle. It doesn’t go great to go with a waffle.” Lyle Goldader ‘24 – “When it…


Best Chicken Wings in America

Do you love chicken wings? Do you want to learn where you can find the best wings in the US? Dip in! Your neighborhood reporter Poyraz will tell you the wing secrets and take you on a journey to the juiciest chicken wing paradises. But be careful, you should not eat wings every day, even every week! Maybe once in a month sounds good. Do you know that Buffalo wings are invented in the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY?   Here are the three best wing restaurants based on foodandwine.com:   Talde in Brooklyn: Former Top Chef Dale Talde tosses deep-fried wings in a sweet and spicy sauce. Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon: Chef Andy Ricker uses fish sauce and palm sugar for his wings. Mmmmmm, yummmmmmy. Big Bob Gibson Bar in Alabama: Chef Chris Lilly marinates his wings in a spicy apricot sauce for about four hours before tossing…


MANNA Pies

Before the holidays at Friends Central, many people and advisories bought MANNA pies, whether for advisory parties or for their Thanksgiving Dinner. MANNA enrolls 4,200 volunteers to feed and nourish people (and their family) suffering from AIDS/HIVs, cancer, and diabetes. They provide a meals on Thanksgiving day for people in need. This year they got $240,000. At Friends’ Central, Magistra, her daughter Annie and Dr. Scapik are running the program. Magistra sent an email to the teachers. It goes as follows: “The MANNA pie sale touches close to home for my family as MANNA started in my church kitchen in the 1980s as a result of a sermon my dad preached not long before he died. FCS leads schools in the area in our Thanksgiving pie sales. We are already up to 106 pies sold with a goal of 169.” In an interview with Dr. Scapik she said: “We have…


Juice Machine Recipes #3

Hey everyone! It’s Luke and Riley again back with another Juice Machine Recipe. If you are unfamiliar with the juice machine, then here is a quick rundown. About a month ago, the school added a juice machine. With this juice machine, you can fully customize your drink by changing which flavors you use, how strong the flavors are, the size of the drink, and which sweetener you use. Recently, the juice machine has received yet another UI (user interface) addition. You can now choose the size of you drink! The three options are 8oz, 16oz and 20oz. This update is helpful has it removes the need to pour your drink twice if you want 16oz. Today’s Recipe: Mr. Berry Yes, we know that this sounds cringy, but this recipe only includes berries, leaving only one possible name. It actually tastes great, though, with a tangy, sweet, raspberry taste. Step #1:…


Juice Machine Recipes #2

Welcome back everyone, it’s Luke and Riley here and today we are continuing our Juice Machine Recipe series. In this series of articles, we try to create recipes using the new juice machine outside of the cafeteria next to the athletic offices. As we’ve said, we hope to continue this series and any feedback or constructive criticism on the recipes would be much appreciated. If you don’t know about this new machine, it’s called Mix. If you would like to know more about this machine, check out our article from last week, Juice Machine Recipes 1. Now, let’s continue with the recipe. Recently, a new interface was installed, changing the system’s visuals. However, the options themselves remained the same. If you want to make ‘Bootleg Sprite’ from our previous article, you will see that Step 4 would transition to Step 6, skipping Step 5. During Step 7, press and hold…


Top 4 Pizzerias in Philadelphia

There are many great pizza shops in the city, but what are the best? Today I’ll be listing my top 3 favorite pizza shops in Philadelphia, and one of Ms. Kenealy’s favorites, too. 1. Stella’s Pizzeria is a great pizza shop if you’re going for quick and delicious food. The pizza here comes in many different styles. You can order alcohol, soda, and other drinks along with your pizza. Stella’s uses a wood fire oven to cook their wonderful pies. The main seating area is an open room with tall ceilings and lots of windows. It can seat a lot of people with the many chairs and tables, and I have heard that there is outdoor seating in the spring/summer. Service is always great and food always comes out fast. 2. Nomad Roman Pizza is easily the best thin-crust pizza I have ever had. Their pizza is so perfectly covered…


Restaurant Review: Hymie’s Merion Delicatessen

“Your boss will be here. Your boss’s boss will be here. Shouldn’t you be here too?” -www.barsonsdeli.com Hello everyone! It is Charlie and Tucker, the dynamic duo collaborating yet again. As you may know, there have been some tragedies in the Jewish community across the country, and we thought it would be a perfect time to review a Jewish deli! Here we have Hymie’s Merion Delicatessen, which is an incredible Jewish deli located in Merion Station (hence the name), near two other fabulous restaurants, Saffron (find our review for that here), and Shangri-la (review coming soon!). Decor Hymie’s is known for it’s traditional diner feel, as well as its durability. It has been around since 1955 and has even survived a truck crashing into the building! But what most people cherish about Hymie’s design is the interior. Jewish history suffocates the walls of the building. The soft cushioned seats compliment people…


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