Written by Tara Leonard
I'm standing in a spare, tranquil room blessedly free of mirrors. My bare feet are planted on the polished wood floor, arms raised, elbows out, fingers splayed against the wall above my head. Triceps trembling, I steal a glance at my fellow students, wondering if anyone else is suffering from this seemingly simple pose.
It takes patience to find a truly perfect pear, one with sweet, melting flesh and a buttery, seductive aroma. As the nights turn cooler, produce stands are overflowing with crisp, crunchy apples, that quintessential American fruit – bright, bold and ready-to-eat straight from an eager hand. Pears require more restraint, a self-control fueled by the knowledge that only with time can you unlock the superlative flavor of this underappreciated fruit.
This November, Santa Cruz families large and small will gather together for that beloved American holiday, Thanksgiving. Steaming pies will be cooling on the counter, rich gravy thickening on the stove and even if cousin Amanda isn’t speaking to her football-obsessed husband or your teenage son is sulking at the kiddie table, it will all seem worthwhile as you carry in the golden, fragrant centerpiece of the meal, the Frankenturkey. Um…what?
Ask five people what they know about quince and chances are three of them will say, “Quints? You mean quintuplets?”
“Unfortunately quinces are a little bit of an anachronism in our day and age,” admits Christof Bernau, Garden Manager and Instructor at UCSC’s Farm and Garden, which has half a dozen quince trees. “It’s not a fruit that’s well known or recognized in the United States.”
Home-made chocolate chip cookies. Warm socks. Colorful cards from younger siblings. An alarm clock. Music may soothe the savage beast, but nothing warms the heart of a frazzled college student quite like goodies from home. Students of all ages enjoy receiving care packages. Freshmen, however, are particularly appropriate recipients for these reminders of long-distance love.
Page 2 of 3«StartPrev123NextEnd»