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Spooky Spaghetti

My best pasta combinations always start the same way: I'm in dire need of a grocery run. That's what happened when I opened my fridge and found half a package of bacon and a parsnip. But about 20 minutes later, twirling up a forkful of noodles, I discovered the serendipitous perfection of the mildly sweet parsnip, mixed with salty, savory bacon and an almost unreasonable amount of grated parmesan.

Steve Townsend fries up fresh vegetables at the Oxford Farmers' Market.

The Farmers' Market Chef

On Saturday mornings in Oxford, patrons of the local Farmers' Market bundle up against the crisp autumn air, make their way Uptown and explore the various stalls to sample and purchase everything from fresh produce and festive artwork to pour-over coffee and flaky pastries. As they mosey past the chef chopping onions with speed and professional precision, many are lured in by the spicy aroma emanating from his table.

A spicy Dark 'n' Stormy served in a lowball (left) and a festive Purple People Eater in a flared glass rimmed with purple sugar.

Pick your poison -- Cocktail Corner

Welcome to The Miami Student cocktail corner, where the over-21 members of our editorial staff bring you two cocktail recipes -- one classic and one in line with the food section theme. This week, we offer up the Dark 'n' Stormy, a stalwart and spicy rum drink, and the Purple People Eater, a sugary (but surprisingly tasty) concoction sure to please fans of Mind Probes, Trash Cans and other brightly-colored refreshments.


TMS Recipes: On a crescent roll

One of the first cooking duties entrusted to me was preparing the crescent rolls. It's a simple task, but a satisfying one -- hearing that punctuated "pop!" as the cardboard tube opens, methodically rolling each triangle of dough from base to point and, in less time than it takes to set the table, opening the oven to find a baking sheet full of fluffy, golden half-moons.


Battle of the Bagels

Something about the new restaurant in Armstrong seemed uncomfortably familiar. It serves sandwiches -- bagel sandwiches, to be exact. Bagels sliced in half and filled with an assortment of meats, eggs, veggies, cheese and sauces.


Fifi's Kitchen

It is 9:10pm on a Sunday night. The weekend is winding down and most students at Miami University are scrambling to complete the homework they have not thought about since the start of the weekend.


Candied matzah: A Passover treat

This week, we're celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover.The basic premise is, after several weeks of divine torment on the Egyptian pharaoh, the Jewish people were ready to leave captivity. Their bread hadn't risen yet, so they slung it on their backs and hightailed it out of Egypt, walking for 40 years to find the promised land.


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