#tbt: Spaghetti Squash through the Ages

During a recent Pinterest-stalking session, I noticed that my dear friend, Sarah, had pinned a plethora of Spaghetti Squash recipes. This harkened back to memories of my college days, when another dear friend, Sara, harbored a bit of an obsession over the same variety of gourd. In addition to an extensive photo shoot of herself wearing a leopard print furry jacket posing with a gigantic Spaghetti Squash, Sara has provided a few different Spaghetti Squash recipes on her fantastic blog.

With all these dreams of Spaghetti Squash dancing in my head, I decided it was finally time for me to try this allegedly miraculous fruit. Sarah, Carl, and I decided to try making one .

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After Carl and I picked up the very last Spaghetti Squash at Lund’s, we went over to Sarah’s to commence our cooking. Due to our previous Pinteresting, we had a few different recipes that we consulted, but it turned out to be super easy and we ended up pretty much winging it.

To prepare the Spaghetti Squash, you need to fully cook it. This can be done in the microwave, but we opted to bake it since that’s what the recipe suggested. Simply set the whole squash in a baking pan with about a centimeter of water in the bottom. Poke a few holes in the squash to allow steam to escape, then bake it at 375 F for about an hour. You’ll know it’s done when you can stab it easily with a knife.

Once it comes out of the oven, let it cool for a couple minutes, then cut it in half. There will be seeds in the middle, so scoop those out. Then use a fork to scrape out all the little “spaghetti” strands that make up the flesh of the squash.

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From this point, you can really do whatever you want with the squash: traditional red sauce, alfredo, bake it with cheese, or any other type of pasta preparation. We sauteed our Spaghetti Squash with butter, garlic, rosemary, basil, salt and pepper and then topped it with parmesan. Simple, easy, and delicious!

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#tbt: Top 15 Reasons Lil Wayne Should Not Go To Jail

In March 2010, Dwayne Michael Carter, jr., colloquially known as Lil Wayne, Weezy F Baby, or Tunechi, began a jail sentence at Riker’s Island for attempted criminal possession of a weapon.*

This was a pretty traumatizing time for my beloved Comrade-in-Weezy Fandom, Megan, and me. To cope, we put together a list of the top fifteen reasons we felt it was wrong for Lil Wayne to go to jail which was later published in our school newspaper, the Pio Log. In the spirit of #throwbackthursday, here is the list, in its original glory: Continue reading

#tbt: Car Alarms

Last night I had the true privilege of being awakened from my slumber at 4:05 am to the harmonious honking of a car alarm. This abrasive racket continued, on and off, for an unnecessarily long time, preventing me (and probably every living thing within a three mile radius of the vehicle) from sleeping as well as causing stress, anger, and general discomfort.

As I lay awake listening to the frightful din, I remembered another harrowing experience I had with a car alarm many moons ago. In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I will share it with all of you today. 

It all began on brisk fall day at my dear alma mater, Lewis & Clark College. As students at this environment-loving institution were discouraged to have cars on campus, the school provided a car share system where you could reserve either a Ford Focus, a Prius, or – brace yourselves – a Nissan Cube. The Focus and the Prius were all well and good and I frequently used them for off-campus expeditions. However, the Nissan Cube was a whole other ball game. For those lucky enough to have never seen a Nissan Cube, let me enlighten you:

A picture is worth 1,000 words, so I’ll just provide you with ten more: THE NISSAN CUBE IS THE UGLIEST CAR IN THE WORLD. Continue reading