The Sundial

Fall in love with this berry twist

Fall in love with this berry twist

Adriana Celis

February 11, 2015

It’s Dinner Thyme! For this week’s blog we’ll be talking about…you guessed it, Valentine’s Day! The day to celebrate all that is love and friendship, especially between love birds. If you have been looking for a meaningful and unique gift that can’t just be bought in every store, you...

Finals Week: Pinching Pennies

Jake Fredericks

May 5, 2014

 Stretching your dollar In my first year attending college I gained 10 pounds, half of which I’m sure was stored in my neck and face, the other half in my gut. When I returned home for summer break, even my dad commented on my weight. I’m not a big guy, probably 150 pounds soaking wet, but it was ...

Microwaving Nutritiously and Safely

Microwaving Nutritiously and Safely

Amanda Blake

May 4, 2014

Microwave ovens cook food by converting electrical power into waves of electromagnetic energy with a frequency similar to radio waves. However, microwaves are more narrowly focused and oscillate at a faster rate, which results in the rapid rotation of water, fat and sugar molecules. This causes a ...

All Hail, the Microwave: get zapped

Jake Fredericks

April 28, 2014

Aside from Double-Doubles and vanilla shakes from the drive-thru, God’s greatest gift to cooks is the microwave. This culinary anomaly can make ramen in seconds, nuke an entire turkey in minutes and host a Peeps battle like none other seen before. Best of all, virtually anything can be made with a ...

The Incredible Edible Egg

Amanda Blake

April 24, 2014

During the 1990’s, dietary cholesterol became associated with the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, which today remains the number one cause of death in the United States. The egg contains 185 mg of cholesterol, more than half of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), and quickly...

Egg cookery: 4 ways to cook a perfect egg

Jake Fredericks

April 23, 2014

Breakfast is awesome, so long as you’re not the one cooking. Ask any cook who has worked a breakfast or brunch service, and they’ll tell you it’s akin to the seventh circle of hell. The last thing many of us want to do on a Sunday morning is break out the pots and pans, let alone cook for somebody...

Eggs-cellence: Why eggs are great, and also why they suck

Jake Fredericks

April 21, 2014

There are but a few culinary luxuries that can match the food-gasm of flavor from a perfectly cooked egg. If you’ve never seen or tried it before, I dare you, nay, I double-dog dare you, to order a cheeseburger with a fried egg. Just imagine a little, golden balloon filled with a sexified protein cent...

Shopping fair trade

Jake Fredericks

April 19, 2014

Here’s a quick reference guide for when you’re hunting for establishments that offer fair trade foods, or are looking for some retailers that carry fair trade products. Compartes Chocolatier: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head down to Brentwood’s Compartes Chocolatier, located at 912 S. Barri...

Decoding ‘fair trade’ and ‘free trade’

Jake Fredericks

April 17, 2014

People typically encounter the terms free trade and fair trade when shopping for coffee, but the two practices are applicable to almost any sort of consumer product. Fair trade practices are characterized by the close relationship producers maintain with distributors, and often allot more time and adequate...

Coming to a farmer’s market nearest you

Jake Fredericks

April 2, 2014

Name: Northridge Farmers Market Location: 9301 Tampa Ave. Northridge, CA 91324 (Northridge Mall) Market Open: Wednesdays 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. (March-Oct.) Good For: Families, free samples, dinner, date night About: The Northridge Farmers Market is a nice place for the families and students residing in the Vall...

Farmers markets, the urban grocer

Jake Fredericks

March 31, 2014

Thank goodness for bees. Without these amazing winged specimens the season of spring would cease to exist. You don’t have look very far to see how impactful the bees’ labor of love stretches, simply look toward the variety of produce, offered in great quantities from vendors at Los Angeles’ farmers m...

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

Amanda Blake

March 28, 2014

How often do you read the "Nutrition Facts" label before making a choice about what to eat? The purpose of the nutrition facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. You may opt for a brand of wheat bread because it contains more fiber than another, or you may prefer a can of soup with le...

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