Category Archives: Lifestyle

Recreating the Elusive Seasoned Potato Wedge

Raphael Sullivan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Can’t get enough seasoned potato wedges from the cafeteria? Try making them yourself at home.

The cafeteria’s seasoned potato wedges have long been a fan favorite among students of Trumbull High, however, their availability has dramatically diminished over time. As students, it has been difficult to mourn this loss of potatoey goodness. Luckily, there’s a way for you to create your own spicy wedges on your own, at home. 

According to Dia Ruskay, THS Food Service Manager, the spiced potato wedges are actually bought premade and not prepared in-house. She cited McCain Foods as the company that supplies the wedges. McCain is a worldwide organization, specializing in potato products that serves up everything from french fries to potato wedges. McCain Foods is Canadian-based and is the largest seller of frozen potato products in the world according to their website, mccainpotatoes.com.

But if the spiced wedges are bought as-is, why are they never available? Well, Ruskay has this to say on the matter: “With the supply chain issues, we never know which type of potato we’ll get”.

Time For Spring Cleaning

Ashley Moran’23
EE Staff Writer

Spring cleaning: A time to reset our lives and declutter from winter stress and anxieties. Taking this time to open the curtains and see the sun shining in and getting to decluttering our lives is exactly what we all need. These moments set us up for success. Cleaning and living in a decluttered environment can de-stress your life and improve your focus and mood.

When you live and function in a clean environment; it makes it easier to get your tasks done while also making you feel put together because your room is put together. Not only does functioning in a clean environment benefit you. But I find taking the time to clean and listen to music is all I need to feel productive and enhance my mood. 

Katlyn Nielson, A Junior says, “I love spring cleaning because it helps me feel good and fresh about not only the new chapter in my life with the new season, but also with how clean and complete I feel after I am done”.  

 Another way to shed yourself from the winter and leap into spring is decluttering. Getting rid of clothes and other belongings that do not fit you or you have no need for is beneficial. Giving to a local Goodwill or other community programs is a great option. So take this time to shed the winter anxieties away and make room for summertime and end-of-year festivities.

Easy Homemade Banana Ice Cream

McKaylan Connolly ’23
EE Staff Writer

Easy Banana Ice Cream

Looking for an easy after school snack or non-dairy dessert? Then this recipe is for you! Believe it or not there is an easy way to make ice cream with just one ingredient, bananas! The first step in making this frozen treat is cutting ripe bananas into slices, putting them into a plastic bag and leaving them in the freezer for at least two hours!

The amount of bananas depends on how many people you plan on serving, I normally account for 1 banana per person.

Next, take the banana slices out of the freezer and put them into a food processor, then put the food processor on level high, until there are no chunks left and there is a creamy consistency. After this you are ready to enjoy!

However if you are looking to add more to the banana ice cream, I have also found that adding just a teaspoon of sugar or cinnamon adds more flavor to the ice cream! You can also add peanut butter or even chocolate chips! I like this recipe a lot because it is really easy to make, especially when you can pull the bananas right out of the freezer. It is also very easy to personalize by adding toppings!

Serves 6: 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Steps: 

  1. 6 bananas cut up into slices (1 banana per person)
  2. Place in freezer for 2 hours or as long as you’d like
  3. Use a food processor and put in the banana slices and put on high or pulse until a creamy consistency is reached
  4. To add more flavor you can add chocolate chips, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon or any other toppings 

Easy Holiday Fudge

 

Tessa Fabrizio ’25
Noemi  Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writers

Ingredients needed:

  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Butter straight-sided baking pan. Then, line with parchment paper, and set aside. Also, butter a large, shallow, stainless-steel bowl and set it aside.

In a saucepan, whisk to combine the sugar, cocoa, and salt. Place over medium-low heat, and add corn syrup and milk, stirring until smooth. Then, add chocolate. Cook, stirring, until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolved before it reaches a boil. 

Pour into the prepared bowl without scraping the sides of the saucepan. Let cool for about 1 hour. Then, add in your vanilla. Using a plastic dough scraper, transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed until the butter and vanilla are completely incorporated. Increase speed to medium, and beat for around 3 to 8 minutes. Then, transfer to the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Let stand until completely cooled. Then, cut squares and enjoy!

 

Family Holiday Recipes Shared

Noemi Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writer

Kókuszgolyó, which is Hungarian for Coconut Balls, are quick and easy treats that are perfect for any family gathering. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of graham crackers (Goya Maria Cookies)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cacao
  • ½ teaspoons of Rum Extract 
  • 100 grams of unsalted shredded coconut flakes
  • 200 milliliters of milk

Directions: 

First, you are going to start with grinding together your choice of crackers (if they aren’t already crushed), which are the base of this dessert. Next, you are going to add vanilla sugar and powdered sugar to the mix. Then, add your cacao powder and the rum extract before adding the butter and milk to the mix. You are going to want to combine together everything by using your hands until it forms a mass. Make sure you wet your hands while doing this so that the mix doesn’t stick to your hands. You want the consistency to be moist, however, you don’t want it to feel watery. 

Once everything is combined, you are going to take small amounts of the mixture, and are going to roll them together into small balls. Then, you are going to take each ball and will want to roll them in the coconut flakes, trying to coat each ball as best as you can. After this is done, you are going to want to leave the balls in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. This will allow the flavors of the mix to merge and will allow you to enjoy this tasty dessert!

Postponed Met Gala Resumes During Fashion Week

Ishita Singh ’23
EE Staff Writer 

K-pop star, Rosé, and fashion designer, Anthony Vaccarello, at the 2021 Met Gala.

This year’s Met Gala was held on September 13, 2021 at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The featured theme was American Independence, and it was co-chaired by singer Billie Eilish, pro tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timmothie Chalamet, and poet Amanda Gorman.  The return of the event proved to be extraordinary just like the outfits.

The usual date for the Met Gala is the first Monday in May but, due to Covid, it was postponed and was held instead during fashion month. As a result, the outfits were under more pressure to impress. 

Usually only up to 500 – 600 people are invited to this exclusive event. The event is invite only and those who make the list are admitted because of the imprint they have made on society. It is a branding event held by Vogue Magazine and organized by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chairwoman of the Gala event since 1995. She oversees the benefit committee and the guest list. The entrance price for the Met Gala is a pricy $3,500, so typically the guests are wealthy. 

The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s Oscars, and it brings together designers, models, and Hollywood celebrities who fight for media attention. It benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which is the only curatorial department at the Met that is self-funded. 

“We called the dress code this time — American independence,” said Vogue editor and organizer Anna Wintour in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts. “And we really want people to have fun and enjoy dressing up again”.

Some outfits in the Met Gala were definitely breathtaking while others you would simply stare at and question. 

The 2021 Met Gala might have been a little different due to Covid but many people tried to make it special. It was definitely a great return for Met Gala as well as an amazing time for many celebrities to show off their fashion skills.

Fall In love With Fall Recipes

Ashley Moran ’23
EE Staff Writer

Pumpkin spiced lattes and brisk weather have hit the Northeast once again, leaving opportunities for your new favorite comfort recipes of the season. 

Who is tired of eating the same seasonal bread every year? I know I am! Today let’s take a look at this season’s hit recipe. 

Every year, we see variants of our favorite comfort pumpkin bread. Whether we satiate our pumpkin cravings with pies or cookies, it is a necessity sometimes to get a pumpkin fix.  

The “world’s best pumpkin roll”, according to Alyssa Rivers, the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic has been talked up by many. “It is a perfectly moist and tender thin pumpkin cake”, says Rivers.

Who could go wrong with the perfect mixture of pumpkin and a thick frosting? Every year, there is an unspoken competition on who can bring the best dessert to the fall festivities. And every year, everyone ups their game. This pumpkin roll is just what you need to win this round. 

Well, you would assume these rolls would be hard to make, but to all of our surprise, these rolls are easy, and just about anyone can make these. Since your mouths must be watering at the sound of this delicious dessert…… LET’S MAKE SOME PUMPKIN ROLLS!
                              
Pumpkin Rolls (based on a recipe by Alyssa Rivers)

     Ingredients: Pumpkin cake 
  • 3 eggs                                                                        
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Novel Foods Surface on TikTok

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Cloud Bread

Throughout quarantine, social media has kept relationships alive and has become such an influential part of how we connect and interact with one another. The variety of platforms makes people so much more accessible then we could have anticipated. Social media was our only tether to the world outside our confined houses for months, and for some of us even currently. 

One of the platforms whose popularity has exponentially grown is TikTok. With 689 million monthly users internationally, it is worthy to be deemed as one of the most appreciated and used social media apps. One of the most liked aspects is the range and types of videos presented. Videos range from comedic to informative. People can share their experiences or just scroll through hoping to cure their boredom. 

One of the most popular genres of TikTok videos is cooking. Users can share recipes or try out popular cooking trends. Some of the most popular recipes include cloud bread, whipped coffee, nacho table, dip night, pancake cereal, and nature’s cereal.

Cloud bread is more arts and crafts than it is food. It is edible as it’s made out of egg whites, sugar, cornstarch and optional food coloring, which is encouraged. It’s known for its texture and cloud like structure, admired for its squishiness and color. 

Social Issues Dominate This Year’s Fall Fashion

Gabriella Perez ’19
EE Contributor

Designer Jeremy Scott protests the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The 2018 autumn fashion week was during the midst of various social justice campaigns such as Time’s Up, #Me Too, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Designers are currently using their creative platforms to speak up on these important issues.

Popular fashion houses like Prada and Alexander McQueen are releasing designs centered around these issues. This year’s autumn fashion line has an odd twist of hyper elegance and a slap of inspirational messages. Designers are pushing their message of wanting to make women feel good, protected, and unstoppable so they can go out and conquer the world.

Head designer of Moschino, Jeremy Scott showed his support against Brett Kavanaugh during his New York City fashion week show. Scott wore a white tank top with the phrase “Tell Your Senator NO on Kavanaugh 202-902-7129.”

In an interview with Vogue UK, Scott said, “These are aggressive times. We need to ensure that we keep LGBT rights, women’s rights, women’s reproductive rights, and affirmative action – there’s a lot at stake right now.”

Homestretch for Seniors

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

It’s that time of year again. Staying up until 2 AM binge-watching your favorite show. Not doing any homework or studying. Once you’ve finished all of your college applications, school just seems pointless. This serious condition can be commonly referred to as Senioritis.

From a complete lack of motivation to utter laziness, senioritis is every teacher’s worst nightmare. It means more absences, work to catch up on, and making up tests. So how can seniors avoid falling into this endless abyss of procrastination?

1. Know that grades still matter. Even after you get accepted into college and know where you want to go, remember that your college will still receive your second semester grades. If your GPA lowers drastically then some colleges may reduce financial aid and scholarships or rescind their offer so just keep trying!


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