Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cooking in College: Easter Brunch

Because St. Mike's is a Catholic college, we have the luxury of a 4-day weekend to celebrate the Easter Holiday. This year was the first year that I stayed on campus for the holiday. (In past years, I've been in Quebec City, Florida and Plymouth, Mass.) Lucky for me, many of my friends stayed, too. Therefore, we decided to celebrate Easter in our own way by making Easter brunch in a townhouse and watching Hot Rod.

I played chef and created a meal of Eggs Benedict and hash browns. To make breakfast for 6 girls, I needed to cook 12 eggs, cook bacon, toast English muffins and grill onions. My big struggle is always timing when I cook. How do I make everything come out hot at the same time?

My masterpiece.
My big trick this morning was cooking eggs in a cupcake tin. (Thank you, Pinterest!) I cracked on egg in each cupcake mold and pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees. Once the oven was ready I placed the eggs in the oven while I started the bacon on the stove top. The blog post says that it takes about 10 minutes to cook. To be honest, I just eye-balled it, but they turned out great. It also meant that everyone could eat at the same time and not as the eggs came out.

Now, back to the bacon. The Canadian bacon traditionally on Eggs Benedict is a little pricey, so I went with maple bacon, which not only tastes delicious, but smells awesome while your cooking it. You know what else smells delicious? Grilling onions. I put grilled onions on everything and it turns out my friends are also fans.

Lastly, I made Hollandaise sauce. It was the first time I've done that. I didn't make it from scratch, so I used Knorr mix which only requires butter and milk. It's not quite the same as the real thing, but, for an inexpensive make-shift college brunch, it was REALLY tasty.

Perhaps the best part of all this? The ingredients only cost me about $20 total. Between 6 girls, it was an inexpensive way to enjoy the holiday.

Next up for me? Turning in my book on Wednesday! I promise to blog more about it soon. Happy Easter and (slightly early) April!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Twitter Tour of @SaintMichaels

Good afternoon, everyone!

This week, I have taken over the @ThisisVT account. Today, I took the state of VT on a tour of campus using Twitter.  The Storify below is a compilation of tweets from the tour. I figured that anyone interested in St. Mike's would like to see campus in an easy slideshow! 

Also, just so you know, Formspring, my go-to Q & A platform, is shutting down, so that will no longer be a location to ask questions. Please use my VYou account for any questions you have!


Monday, March 11, 2013

A Hard-Working Start to Spring Break 2013

The best way to tell you about my weekend is to show you.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"Freelance Media Producer" - My Newest LinkedIn "Experience"

Long story short: I worked at the Burlington Free Press on Town Meeting Day and I am covering the NCAA National Ski Championships for Alpine Press. Therefore, I recently added a new "Experience" heading to my LinkedIn profile.

Photo by Liz Murray
That is my journalism game face.
Now for the fun details: Recently some awesome opportunities have come my way. The Burlington Free Press needed help acquiring the voting numbers after local towns closed their polls on Town Meeting Day. Liz Murray and I hung at out at the BFP office just off of Church St. with Paul, the Defender's executive editor who is an intern there, and Professor Mindich's daughter, who doesn't go to St. Mike's, but was home from college on spring break.

We each sat at desks by the phones. As town clerk's called in, they'd be directed to us and we'd write down all the information such as what budgets passed as well any amendments that were voted on.

Most of the night was pretty slow, but it was my first time in a real news room. It was very interesting to hear the reporters doing phone interviews and talking about paper layout and design.

After hanging out there until 11 pm, I went back to campus and slept until 5 am. At 5 am, I got up and ready. Where was I going, you ask?

Middlebury Ski Bowl for NCAA National Ski Championships!

After covering the Middlebury Carnival for Alpine Press, Christine Feehan asked me to help her out with coverage of nationals. I was flattered to say the least. I think it's safe to say that I did good work the first time.

Feeling official! 
For championships, I had to apply for media credentials and I got them. I spent the first run on the hill, taking photos. (You can view them here: NCAA National Championships 2013 - Giant Slalom) For the second run, I hung out at the bottom of the course snapping pictures of athletes coming into the finish. Athletes always have great emotions in the finish, so I like to snap close-ups.

It's also important to be at the bottom in order to get access to the top athletes for interviews. In fact, one of the most interesting parts of today was listening to other journalists ask question. They think differently than I do about what topics to cover and it has a lot of great lessons for me.

Following these experiences, I have added "Freelance Media Producer" to my LinkedIn profile. For a a little bit, I thought I'd simply put "Freelance Journalist," but it didn't seem inclusive enough considering I go take photo and videos as well.

I'm going to be covering Friday's slalom race at nationals as well, so I'm not done yet. When my articles go up, I'll be tweeting the link, so be sure to follow me: @Hall_Gabbi.

Have questions? Ask me on VYou!


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