Micro-Meals of the Week

With Michelle Thompson

Bringing you ways to eat like an adult, without having to actually cook like one.

Whether you’re living in the dorms for the first time and are already sick of Port Sky food, don’t have a stove top or oven in your apartment, or you’re just plain lazy… it’s always helpful to have a list of recipes that require nothing but the power of heat-producing, radio wave-agitated water molecules (aka a microwave) in your back pocket. ?? I, Michelle Thompson, am going to help you with that list.

This week’s recipe: Mac and Cheeeese

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What more is there to say? Macaroni. Cheese. It’s a match made in heaven and perfect for any occasion. But boxed mac and cheese can be time consuming– or impossible if you don’t have a stove– and Easy Mac?… Let’s just say it isn’t the cheesiest mac in the bowl if you catch my drift. But if you’re still looking to satisfy your craving without having to settle, look no further than this one-bowl homemade mac and cheese recipe. Just follow these 5 easy steps!

  1. Combine a half cup of pasta, a half cup of water, and a pinch or two of salt in a microwave-safe bowl.

  2. Microwave the pasta for 2 minutes (or less if water is foaming over) then stir. Essentially you’re boiling the pasta, so repeat this process until the pasta is soft.

  3. Stir ¼ cup of milk and half cup (or more) of cheese into the pasta.

  4. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the cheese has melted and forms a creamy sauce. For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese.

  5. This mac and cheese is best right out of the microwave when the cheese has just melted, so dig in as soon as possible– without burning your tongue of course.

And that’s all there is to it! Tune in next time for another micro-meal and enjoy the rest of your week!

‘Not So Despacito, Please:’ Penn State Altoona Joins the Hurricane Relief Effort for Puerto Rico

By Michelle Thompson

Since late August, a series of hurricanes have been tearing through the Atlantic Ocean, affecting southeastern America and the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria, the most recent of the six-storm string of hurricanes, has become of particular interest, due to its impact on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

In the last days of September, Maria bombarded Puerto Rican citizens with flash floods, deadly winds, and at one point, left every single one of the island’s 3.4 million residents without power as reported by Business Insider. According to USA Today and Newsweek reports, still only 45 percent of those residents have access to clean drinking water, an estimated 10,000 residents were left homeless, and according to the Miami Herald, the death toll has still yet to be officially released. Other updates of the aftermath in Puerto Rico reported by Newsweek include a potentially life-threatening dam that has been weakened by mudslides and flooding, lack of resources like gasoline and electricity, and the destruction of crops.  

Hurricane Relief donation boxes in Aaron Building downtown

Here at Penn State Altoona, a resource donation effort was started by three Penn State affiliated organizations. Two are Puerto Rican undergraduate/graduate student associations, PRSA and Boricua Grads, and the third is an entrepreneurial-based leadership organization, Penn State Altoona Enactus. Vice President of Communications for Penn State Altoona Enactus, Cristina Ortiz, gave her personal connection to the relief effort.

“The connection PSUA Enactus has to the situation in Puerto Rico is through me. I am Puerto Rican and my extended family lives on the island,” said Ortiz. “I encouraged Penn State Altoona Enactus to partner with two organizations at University Park, the Puerto Rican Student Association and Boricua Grads, to aid in their hurricane relief donation effort.”

Ortiz said she personally drove the first shipment of donations to University Park last Friday, where they were sorted and driven to Reading Pennsylvania to be put in a cargo shipment container en route for the southeast region of Puerto Rico.

List of recommended items to donate

Yolian Amaro-Rivera, the president of Boricua Grads, said the first round of donations was met with a lot of support. It was successful enough, in fact, that the relief effort was able to be extended, allowing for a second shipment of donations to be made in mid-October.

“We definitely received a lot more than we expected,” she said. “We had a large van full of donations and we even had to leave some for the second shipment because we couldn’t fit them all.”

Drop boxes for donation essentials like first aid kits, non-perishable food items, clothing, deodorant, diapers, flashlights, and much more can be found in the lobbies of Slep Student Center, Sheetz Health Center, and the Aaron Building downtown until October 13.

Micro-Meals of the Week

With Michelle Thompson

Bringing you ways to eat like an adult, without having to actually cook like one.

Whether you’re living in the dorms for the first time and are already sick of Port Sky food, don’t have a stove top or oven in your apartment, or you’re just plain lazy… it’s always helpful to have a list of recipes that require nothing but the power of heat-producing, radio wave-agitated water molecules (aka a microwave) in your back pocket. ?? I, Michelle Thompson, am going to help you with that list.

This week’s recipe: Baked Potato!

Step the heck back, baseball. America has a new favorite pastime now, and we’re not just fans; we’re crazed freaking lunatics about this stuff. Yes, potatoes are officially everybody’s favorite starchy comfort food. And that’s okay, because potatoes are also one of the most versatile and delicious foods in existence. I could go on one of those Bubba-from-Forrest-Gump rants about all the ways one can prepare and eat potatoes, but there just isn’t enough time and space on the site for that. Or is there …

Nevertheless, I’m going to help you consume these oval companions-for-the-soul with the least amount of effort and money possible: microwaveable whole baked potatoes. Just follow these steps.

  1. Buy a russet potato or two and scrub thoroughly
  2. Pierce several times with a fork for ventilation and place on a plate
  3. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, turn over and repeat
  4. Carefully remove from microwave, cut potato in half and mash the inside with a fork (or leave it as-is, I won’t judge)
  5. Add salt, pepper and some butter and there you are: a baked potato.
  6. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Add some shredded cheese and bacon bits, stick it back in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt your creation, do a dollop of Daisy on that masterpiece and you have yourself a loaded baked potato for just a fraction of the cost of buying it at a restaurant
  7. Iconic.

Tune in next time for another micro-meal recipe and enjoy the rest of your week!

 

Pro-Trump Rally Speaker Invites “Black Lives Matter” Protesters On-Stage, Result Was Unexpected

On Sep. 16, 2017, several hundred people gathered at Washington D.C.’s National Mall for what the event organizers called “The Mother of all Rallies” (MOAR). According to the rally’s website, the event was held as a display of patriotism, unity amongst all Americans regardless of political party or race, and support for the current president. In a public YouTube recording of the event, however, when activists/protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement appeared, the atmosphere became audibly hostile—that is, until one of the speakers invited the protesters on-stage.

Self proclaimed “black patriot” Henry Davis was about to speak when he not only encouraged the audience to let the protesters join the crowd, but then invited them on-stage to “show them what patriotism is about.” MOAR organizer Tommy Gunn then announced that they would give “BLM New York” President Hawk Newsome the microphone for two minutes to get his message out to the public as a pro- Freedom of Speech gesture.

“Whether [the audience] disagrees or agrees with your message is irrelevant. It’s the fact that you had the right to have the message, just like all them have the right to their message,” said Gunn before handing over the mic.

Screenshot from footage of BLM NY President Hawk Newsome on-stage at the MOAR. Full video in link below.

Newsome’s message of love for the country, and yet a deep desire to fix the racial injustice present in it, was met with a mix of claps, boos, cheers, and heckles. His statements about not being “anti-cop” but rather “anti-bad cop” warranted some especially mixed reviews, but after clarifying that BLM supporters “do not want handouts,” but simply their right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,”the heckles were replaced with applause. Newsome concluded his time with the sentiment that Americans should strive to accomplish such a task together, not separately, sounding coincidentally reminiscent of the rally’s “united, not divided” mission statement.

Despite scattered cries of opposition, after he had said his piece, the crowd applauded and let him peacefully leave the stage. In a video interview from “NowThis News” that followed the turn of events, Newsome shared his appreciation for the opportunity for both sides to humanize each other.

“I feel like two sides that never listen to each other actually made progress today,” he commented. “If not on a grander level but just person to person, I think we really made some substantial steps.”

During the remainder of the rally, the BLM activists stayed and spoke to MOAR participants, exchanging ideas and differences in opinion — an outcome drastically contradictory to previous instances where opposing sides of the political spectrum come in contact. Video evidence exists of both Trump campaign rally participants being encouraged by Trump to remove and silence opposition — violently if necessary, as well Trump opposers and supporters getting into verbal and physical altercations due to their conflicting viewpoints. But this video showed quite a different outcome. In addition to civil conversations, Newsome was also approached by rally attendees asking to take pictures with them. One of the MOAR attendees Newsome was approached by was a “Bikers for Trump” leader. After hearing Newsome’s speech, the man asked Newsome to take a picture with him and his son, which Newsome said was another pleasant surprise.

“Here I went from being their enemy, to someone they wanted to take pictures with their children. And that’s the power of communication,” said Newsome. “We came out, we were gonna chant, we were gonna do a demonstration, but we didn’t have to. We just spoke. And it worked…and I’m happy about that.”

Screenshot of Hawk Newsome with unnamed “Bikers for Trump” member and son Jacob from “Now This News” video. Full video in link below.

Information for Newsome’s interview retrieved from “NowThis News” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hRM2NmZtR0

Full video of Newsome’s speech at MOAR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99K-G9QL5c4

For more information on the rally, visit https://www.motherofallrallies.com/

For more information on the BLM movement, visit http://blacklivesmatter.com/

Micro-Meals of the Week

Micro-Meals of the Week 

With Michelle Thompson

Bringing you ways to eat like an adult, without having to actually cook like one.

Whether you’re living in the dorms for the first time and are already sick of Port Sky food, don’t have a stove top or oven in your apartment, or you’re just plain lazy… it’s always helpful to have a list of recipes that require nothing but the power of heat-producing, radio wave-agitated water molecules (aka a microwave) in your back pocket. ?? I, Michelle Thompson, am going to help you with that list.

This week’s recipe: Egg in a Cup

Forget about using “effort” and “frying pans” to scramble, poach, or fry some eggs for a breakfast sandwich. With just a coffee mug and a little magic*, you can join the ranks of Jimmy Dean, Denny, and every-diner-chef-ever with your sick egg-making skills. Just follow these steps.

  1. Crack an egg into a coffee mug
  2. Beat eggs with a fork — for sunny side up, leave as-is
  3. Sprinkle in some salt, pepper, and shredded cheese (if you’d like)
  4. Microwave for approximately 30-40 seconds, or until the egg is set (no runniness)
  5. For scrambled eggs, stop microwave every 30 seconds to stir
  6. Carefully remove from mug and put between two pieces of *insert your choice of bread* with cheese, bacon, sausage or something of the like!
  7. OR if you’re feeling even lazier than you did when you decided to nuke an egg in a cup, you can eat your creation right out of the cup!
  8. *OR* just go completely rogue and scoop it out with your hands! What is heat? What are rules? Why did the chicken cross the road? WHAT WAS HE RUNNING FROM? WHO HURT HIM? …

Yikes. Anyway, tune in next time for another micro-meal recipe and enjoy the rest of your week!

 

*No real magic is actually used for this recipe … Sorry.