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October 13, 2013 / Food Follower

Fall Break: from Pomegranates to Pumpkins

I am now on fall break and am back home for a few days. Being away from campus has given me the time to reflect on the start of my senior year in college. And what I’ve reflected on most is that senior year is a year of many lasts. It’s my last year living in a dorm surrounded by people my age. It’s my last year taking classes (unless I decide to go to grad school). It’s my last year with few obligations. But enough of being a debby-downer – senior year is also a year of many firsts. It’s my first year where I fully appreciate my education and the classes I am taking (though I wish this realization came sooner, better late then never). It’s my first year of my making an effort to not rush through dinner and actually sit down at the table with friends and talk for a while. (I still eat really fast, but I now stay in the cafeteria for much longer). And I am also going to run my first 10K race in a couple of weeks!

This weekend, cooking for me has felt very therapeutic. I just feel like I am in my element when I am in the kitchen. I always tell my friends that when I have my own place, my kitchen will be furnished before my living room. So here are a few highlights of what I’ve made in the past couple of days.

Branzino with a raspberry balsamic glaze, corn with pomegranate and dill, and roasted broccoli with parmesan cheese and toasted almonds


Baby spinach salad with roasted fennel, granny smith apples, almonds, and pomegranate vinaigrette

Warm pumpkin bread pudding with chocolate chips

Recipes to come!


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  1. Glenda / Oct 14 2013 5:11 am

    It sounds like you’re saying goodbye to your childhood! Don’t worry – it’s a good sign that you’re aware of what’s happening, and you’re actually appreciating your situation NOW. Your life in front of you will be as rewarding as you make it!

    FYI, back in the day, I ran a 10K, and I was advised by my seasoned runner friends to load up on carbs a few days before the event. And don’t try running 6.2 miles as your practice, run only 3 miles. You don’t want to burn out before you get started! Good luck and we want to know what happens.

    • Food Follower / Oct 16 2013 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much for the very thoughtful comment!

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