Easter Recipes

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By Collier Curran

Though not everyone celebrates Easter, I am always excited when the holiday approaches. Usually taking place in those tedious weeks between midterms and finals, Easter offers a one-day reprieve from ruminating about papers and exams. Also, since I love all things food, Easter provides an opportunity to repeat that big meal usually reserved for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.

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Giving Thanks: A Reflection on Thanksgiving for Three

 

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By Collier Curran

Even as my desk is piled high with papers and textbooks and my laptop has seventeen tabs open, my mind wanders to thoughts of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and family. As the semester–and midterm season–trudges on, my excitement for Thanksgiving only builds; I open my eyes every morning and immediately grab for my phone to check the number of days left until the 23rd. In this age of only seeing family and hometown friends every few months, I can’t help but reflect on how my relationship to this holiday, and to my home, has changed.Read More »

A Thanksgiving Drinking Game

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by Sinead Hunt

Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for many of us. Family pressures combined with the knowledge that what we’re celebrating is predicated on the subjugation of native peoples create a torrent of emotions. Luckily, there’s nothing that brings the whole family together like the shared joy of alcohol! With that in mind, Barnard Bite is here to the rescue with a drinking game that’s fun for the whole family!

Here are the RULES:

-A shot for every class you were forced to attend the Wednesday before break

-Drink: Every time a relative asks you, “Wait, what did you say your major was again?”

(BONUS ROUND: Extra shot if they then proceed to ask you, “What do you plan on doing with that?”)

-Drink: Every time a well-meaning relative brings up Donald Trump

BONUS ROUND: Shot for every time a relative says, “Well, he doesn’t really mean that…”

-Two shots for every time a relative says, “It’s not that I’m racist, but I really think that Trump just has a better plan for the economy. He is a businessman after all.”

Finish the whole damn bottle: A relative quips, “But at least it’s better than having a criminal for president…”

-Drink: when you lose track of how many slices of pumpkin pie you have consumed

-Drink: if your drunken relatives attempt to play football in the yard, despite their inebriated state

-Take a shot for every time an aunt asks you about your love life

Finish the whole damn bottle: if she then proceeds to insinuate that every student at a women’s college is a lesbian

-Three shots to forget all the homework you are ignoring over the weekend

Finish the whole damn bottle: if your relative mispronounces it as “Barnyard,” instead of “Barnard.”

-Barnard Bite encourages you to consume alcohol responsibly and does not advocate for the irresponsible use of alcohol. This post is meant as a joke-

Sinead Hunt is  a first-year at Barnard and Liaison for Barnard Bite.

Surviving Meals With Your Family Over the Holidays

by Anonymous

(Trigger warning: eating disorders)



Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday.

For many students, the start of college can bring about anxiety around eating, with overwhelming threats about the “freshman 15”, the stress of having to plan and be in charge of all of your meals, and the general disruption of the eating habits one had while at home. And for many people, myself included, those stressors can manifest into more serious eating problems. With the holidays approaching, I know firsthand how daunting the thought of having to eat big meals while surrounded by your entire family can be, and I imagine that I am not alone in this. I’d like to offer some tips to get through these holiday dinners as peacefully as possible, so we can all enjoy the holidays for what they are really about.

1. Anticipate. The best thing you can do if you are worried about going into a holiday dinner is to anticipate what you think you might be feeling. If you can identify potential problems in advance, you will have more time to come up with solutions, rather than having to deal with them on the spot as they come up, which can be too overwhelming.

2. Surround yourself with a family member that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. I am lucky enough to have a big family and a lot of cousins that will be around on Thanksgiving. Although I know some of my family members to be triggering around disordered eating habits, I find comfort in knowing that I can choose to avoid those people and instead be around family members who make me feel happy and safe. Even in smaller family settings, try your best to spend your time around even just one person who provides you with the most support.

3. Have a friend who is ready to take your call or answer your text. Although everyone will be very busy on Thanksgiving, it could be helpful to reach out to a friend beforehand and let them know that you might need some support. I’m confident that no friend would say no to being sent a quick text or taking a five minute phone call if things start to go awry. A few days before, you can say to them, “I just want to let you know that I might need to call you or text you on Thursday if I start to get overwhelmed around my family. Is that ok with you?” Knowing you have an outside source that is there for you will make it that much easier.

4. Know the menu, and offer to cook a dish you know you will be comfortable eating. The vast array of foods can be a lot to take in. If possible, try to get a sense of what will be served beforehand so you can take time to process it. Also, try to prepare and bring a dish or two of your own that you know you will be able to handle. Again, this preparedness will take away the anxiety of the unexpected.

5. Be kind to yourself. This is always the hardest part, but please remember that the holidays are a time to be thankful for life and for what we have. It might not go perfectly and there will be some struggles, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time at home. The setbacks you might face are normal and valid, and try not to let the possibility of those occurring cloud your judgment or your hard work.

Good luck, and Happy Thanksgiving!

A Thanksgiving Lesson

by Molly Scott

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

A little over a year ago, Hurricane Sandy hit my hometown in New Jersey. The storm had a fairly big impact on my family, but luckily, we were not totally devastated as many of our friends and neighbors were. I can remember the morning after the storm hit, my mother calling me and telling me the damage that had been done and that my car had been completely destroyed by the flood waters. It had been my great-grandparent’s car that they used during their last years of life. Memories of driving my friends to high school every morning, to my field hockey games, and even to the SATs suddenly flooded my mind. At the time though, I remember only feeling grateful that my family was safe and sound, not a sense of grief over the car.

Weeks passed and suddenly Thanksgiving was upon us. The days preceding the holiday were filled with family members sorting through belongings that held precious memories that were either destroyed by the water or had just barely survived. Thanksgiving evening in our house was somber and tense; it seemed as if we could speak of nothing but the storm. We would continually acknowledge, though, how lucky we were out considering the loss many others had experienced. Things got better and better as the weeks and months progressed, as did our family’s mood.

Over the course of the past year, I have learned many lessons and have grown significantly as a person. Watching the people of my town come together throughout the year has been incredible to watch and restores my faith in the ability for humans to be selfless when times call for it. Although it may sound cliché, the most important lesson I have learned from this storm is that we must be grateful for the people in our lives. They are the ones who love us, who get us through the hard times, and are really all we have in life. I know that this Thanksgiving will be much more joyous in our house than last year’s and that we will undoubtedly acknowledge the love we have for one another.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing would like to wish everyone and their families a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and safe travels home.

Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of Molly Scott.

How to Give Great Gifts

by Samantha Plotner

Your best friend could smell
like Beyoncé… Think about it.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” The holiday season is officially here, which means between papers and exams you also need to think about who you will be getting gifts for this year. Think about what the people on your list like−everything from a favorite brand to the TV show they’re obsessed with. Or, play on inside jokes. You can find something that relates to almost anything somewhere in the city, or on the Internet.

Puzzled? It’s hard to go wrong if you get someone something that they want but would never buy for themselves. Another variation is buying them a fancier version of something they use regularly. Does your mom burn through candles? Buy her an extra nice one. Your best friend an aspiring bartender? Get her a quality cocktail shaker. Also in this category are simple extravagances like cashmere socks or fancy coffee.

Also, remember: when on your gift search pressure can be your worst enemy. Take the time to browse at a few different stores if you can. Sometimes just browsing can lead you to the perfect gift. Also don’t buy into the idea that you need to spend a lot of money to make a good gift. A $15 gift with thought always beats something you bought for $100 in a panic (…maybe not always, but you get the idea).

Where to Look:

Strand: Generally books are a pretty easy gift, and Strand is the place to find them. However it also is a great place to find other small gifts. Check out the section on the first floor behind the stairs that’s full of greeting cards, cute office supplies, and other potential stocking stuffers.

Or maybe you’re shopping
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Sephora: When in doubt, spoil people. Makeup can be a hard sell but it can be prove a great gift if you know someone’s taste. But stick to products like eye shadow that aren’t as dependent on skin tone. No one wants foundation that’s the wrong shade. Nice lotion is also a pretty safe bet. Join the rewards program and you could nab a gift for yourself too.

BookMarc: Have a fashion lover on your list? Head down to this fashion bookstore on Bleeker Street that is owned by designer Marc Jacobs. This store is filled with lower cost ($5-$50) items from key chains to bags stamped with the Marc Jacobs logo. Looking for something more high brow? Nearly the entire block is filled with assorted Marc Jacobs boutiques.

NBC Store: If you have a hardcore TV fan on your list this store is a must. This store has merchandise from the whole NBC family of networks which includes NBC, Bravo, and USA.

Henri Bendel: This Fifth Avenue classic is a high end store, but look carefully and you’ll find things within a student budget (such as the $15 travel candles and $30 bangle bracelets). The staff also treats you like royalty and will wrap your gift beautifully, even if all you’re buying is the $15 candle.

Sur La Table or Williams and Sonoma: Either store offers great options for the foodie in your life. Sur La Table also offers a wide assortment of gadgets and tools. Williams and Sonoma offers more high end recipe starters like braising sauces and spices.

Paper Source: This craft store is always an easy place to find the perfect card but it can also prove a place to find quirky small gifts. Superman aprons, “shit list” post it notes, and craft kits are just a few of the things you’ll find.

Samantha Plotner is a senior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Hip Hop n More and Just Jared.

Thanksgiving Family Drama

What is it about Thanksgiving and other large family gatherings that bring out the drama in even the calmest of families? If this year’s Thanksgiving was particularly dramatic, take solace in the fact that you are not alone. Below are some of the best tales of family drama from The Nine Ways of Knowing staff.

“When I told my mother that I had been invited to my boyfriend’s for Thanksgiving and wanted to go she accused me of ‘forgetting I had a family.'”

Once, my sister had a friend over while my grandparents were visiting. When she attempted to introduce her friend to our grandpa he looked right at her said ‘I have enough friends’ and walked away.

“My father’s ex-girlfriend, who he dumped for my mother, tried to make friends with my sister at our grandmother’s funeral. It was really awkward.”


“My aunt trapped me in a chair for two hours to talk about my life when I was a college sophomore. She decided that I was going to get a Masters in Library Science (nope) and go into market research (so wrong). So many family members walked by and didn’t try and save me, and my father never even noticed it was happening.”

“One summer, my extended family got together for a family reunion. I was catching up with a couple of my cousins who I hadn’t seen in a while. We were having a pleasant chat, when all the sudden one of my cousins dropped a bombshell on us: her father had been cheating on her mother. He had been working in New York, and started to keep an apartment for this second woman, even though they struggled financially. The second woman got pregnant, so my uncle moved her to Boston, the same city as his family. My uncle’s mother owns a private clinic, and was expected to deliver the baby. Eventually my aunt found out, but when she did, my uncle stopped being interested in the second woman, and wanted my aunt back. My cousin (who’s slightly younger) witnessed the scene unfold, and had a mental breakdown afterwards, and had to drop out of school and spend time in a psychiatric clinic. Regardless, my aunt left him, and then met another woman at her high school reunion whom she started seeing. My aunt’s new girlfriend, however, had just gotten out of a relationship with an overly-dependent blind woman, who would harass my aunt and her new girlfriend. Somewhat customary for my family, my aunt and uncle showed up at the reunion as a perfectly happy couple. If asked, my uncle’s mother would deny the entire situation. At first I questioned whether my cousin was telling the truth, until the story was later confirmed. My aunt and uncle were separated for a while, but now they’re getting along fine. My cousin is still in and out of psychiatric wards.”

Image courtesy of Some Ecards.