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Students prepare for a Pinterest-ing holiday season

Students prepare for a Pinterest-ing holiday season

The holidays are rolling around, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, food-lovers alike are on the look-out for fresh fall recipes.

Many students turn to Pinterest for inspiration—namely Riley Thrush ’17, an active Pinterest “pinner.”

Thrush generally avoids overly elaborate recipes, instead opting for simple yet scrumptious treats.

“Usually after I pin something, I take a look at the recipe to make sure it’s not too funky,” Thrush said. “I mostly like to pin desserts, and usually ones I’ve never heard of or thought of making before, like apple pie fries.”

These sweet, flakey, golden slices of dough are a crowd favorite on Pinterest—they’re easy to make, easy to eat, and especially easy on the eyes.

“You put apple sauce in between two pieces of dough, cut them into little fries, then bake them,” Thrush explained. “Those are definitely on my need-to-try list.”

Kristen Onorato ’15 also finds inspiration from Pinterest—although many of the recipes she uses are from outside sources.

Onorato describes her red velvet cake as a “seasonal favorite.”

“We found the [red velvet cake] recipe a couple of years ago and keep tweaking it to improve it,” Onorato said. “The cake is three tiers, filled with delicious cream cheese frosting in each layer.”

Peach cobbler is also among her fall favorites.

“We have a few peach trees on our property, and over the summer, when the peach are ripe, we use the peaches to make a killer peach cobbler,” Onorato said.

With the frost swiftly approaching, students have also begun hunting for the coziest, tastiest winter recipes.

Laine Crowder ’15 looks forward to going festive with sugar cookies and peppermint tea bark. Her go-to site for recipes is “Averiecooks,” which she found through Pinterest.

Although it’s not always easy to squeeze baking into her schedule, Crowder nevertheless finds time on Sunday nights when she’s putting off homework.

Thrush also describes baking as an occasional hobby.

“I’m so happy Pinterest exists because it encourages me to want to bake these awesome-looking foods when normally I wouldn’t classify myself as a baker at all,” Thrush said.

Thrush may not be an avid baker, but she’s anticipating the day she finally tries the “s’mores bars” she recently pinned.

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Daniela Karpenos, Web News Editor
Daniela Karpenos ’15, a dedicated member to Inklings, is not just an important part of the paper, but she is also very educated in the field of psychology. When Karpenos isn’t playing Tennis for Trumbull or the Wreckers, or organizing charity events for her temple youth board, or speaking Russian with her twin, or fulfilling her duties as Web News Editor of Inklings, she is working hard to become a well-studied psychology student. Karpenos has worked on Inklings for three years, and her senior year marks her first position on the paper. She took the Intro to Journalism class in freshman year and has been on the paper from sophomore all the way to senior year. She has progressively gotten more involved, as she started taking photos freshman year and worked her way up to a News Editor position this year. Karpenos is also passionate about psychology. She plans to major in Clinical Psychology when she goes to college. In the summer of 2014 she interned at the Yale Child Studies Center where she was entering and validating data. She also participated in an ongoing study about A.D.D. where Yale is attempting to develop a game that would help kids with A.D.D. focus better. In the summer of 2013, she went to the Yale Explo -- where she worked on her creative writing and studied psychology. It is clear that Karpenos is a dedicated learner and when asked about her career choices she said she wanted to pursue psychology and, “Although I don’t see myself in a journalism career I definitely will use skills I’ve developed here.”

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