" Compliments to the Chef"

I love cooking, but sometimes coming home to dinner just sends my heart through the roof. Complements to the chef on this one, my dad has done it again!  - Carly B 

Cullinary Student Carly Bossert knows how to take the heat in the kitchen! Follow her on twitter to see all of her amazing creations!  

Arugula & Scallops Salad


5 oz. Arugula

4 oz. Bean Sprouts

(Drizzle) Basil Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

1-1½ cups Dried Cranberries

1½ lbs Sea Scallops

One Wedge Fresh Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano 


Rinse the arugula and bean sprouts before combining all the ingredients. In a large bowl mix together the arugula, bean sprouts, dried cranberries, shaved Parmigiano. Drizzle the basil olive oil and put in a “good portion” (says my dad) of balsamic vinegar.

 In a medium pan, soak the scallops in white wine for about 30 minutes in a tin-cooking container. Afterwards drain them. Put the broiler on high and broil the scallops until they are lightly browned. Top the salad with the scallops and enjoy! This recipe is delicious and so easy! 




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Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

…And Frightful it is. It’s getting to be that time of the year where the chimneys start smoking and oversized sweaters become your number one friend. So it’s time to warm up and make some comfort food. We are in the prime season for hearty vegetables and the fall/winter offers a bounty of them.  This time the vegetable of choice is butternut squash!

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The recipe down below is super easy and makes you feel like a regular chef! The organization I’m apart of at my University hosted a “Cooking the basics” event, and this soup was a hit with the students that attended and had to cook it!

Butternut Squash Soup


Makes 4 Servings

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 25 mins



  • 1½ tablespoons of butter
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • ½ butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • ½ cube of chicken bouillon
  • 1 pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of ground allspice
  • salt and black ground pepper to taste



1      Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat

2      Cook the onion, garlic, and thyme in the hot butter until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

3      Add the squash and chicken stock

4      Bring to a simmer and cook until the squash is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

5      Crumble the bouillon into the soup. Season with cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat.

6      Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway.

7      Hold the lid of the blender in place with a kitchen towel and carefully start the blender using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree.

8      Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a serving bowl. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup in the pot.

Carly Bossert, Health & Fitness Contributor
Education:  Rutgers University, Nutritional Sciences, Digital Media


Trendy Tuesday: This Week’s Fashionista of the College Community

Meet: Samantha Aller

Age: 21

School: Rutgers University

Major: Communications/Spanish

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Q: Before we go into your describing your style, let’s get to know more about you. Tell me about your leadership roles and organizations that you’re involved with at Rutgers.

A: “I am Executive Vice President of the International Association of Business Communicators, Event Coordinator of the Association of Women in Communications, and Publicity Chairperson of the Rutgers Fashionista’s.”

Q: That’s amazing! I’m sure you have a lot on your plate. Tell me, what are some goals you are presently trying to accomplish, and what have you accomplished thus far? It can be anything from school, work, or personally related.

A: “Right now to graduate with honors and get a full time job in the entertainment business. My accomplishments….I, along with a good friend of mine, am heading the marketing aspects of a new company called Juicetank which helps fuel start-up companies. I’m really excited because being a senior in a college with 50,000 smart kids and getting recognized for my perseverance is a huge deal for me. I’m going to be doing everything from creating marketing strategies for new products, to heading photo shoots, to planning events, everything that involves being innovative and creative. It’s my ideal startup job.”

Q: Wow! Anything else you have planned for the future?

A: “I want to rule the world. Just kidding (not really). Honestly, though I want to something that will inspire people. First off, I want to travel the world. Then I’d like to start my own marketing firm, open a lounge/club/bar, open a restaurant, start my own music production company, and start my own non-profit.  I just want to do everything.”

Q: Seems like you’re on the right path! Now let’s get to the fun part! Can you describe your style?

A: “Oh boy, where do I begin? The best way I could describe my style is…I put things together that other people typically wouldn’t. I match things the way I see fit and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I’ll wear anything from the most boho maxi dress with a studded denim vest and Minnetonka booties to the most chic ivory and black blazer with a chunky necklace, peplum blouse, and Kenneth Cole flats. Some days people tell me I’m a hippie, and some days people tell me I look modern chic. I dress in whatever makes me feel awesome.”

Q: What is a fashion staple in your wardrobe?

A: “My American Apparel brown circle scarf. It’s super chunky and warm so it’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons. It just makes everything look fun and cozy.”

Q: How has fashion influenced you?

A: “To me, clothes are pieces of art. It allows me to express myself in whichever way I’m feeling. It’s made me the strong being I am today. Because I can make such a statement with just the clothes I wear, I feel like a stronger woman. I have a strong personality, and I think fashion has allowed me to demonstrate that.”

Q: Anything you want to add on how fashion has played a role in your own confidence?

A: “Ohhhh girl, let me tell you! If my clothes are beautiful, I feel beautiful. Who can’t help but feel good about themselves when they’re wearing flattering clothes, or just an outfit that brightens their smile. Everyday I wake up excited to put together an outfit because I know it’s one part of my day that I’m completely in control of. It makes me feel great when I can effortlessly put together a great outfit. Every girl should wear what they feel great in and strut their stuff like they own it.”

Q: You have killer style Sammy, where do you love to shop and what is your favorite store?

A: “My mom’s attic! I always find the best stuff in suitcases full of her old clothes. That’s some real vintage for ya! Oh and SOHO in NY, all day everyday, so many boutiques to find amazing clothes and stands on the streets with tons of funky jewelry. I’m a huge fan of LF Stores. Not the most affordable place, but boy when they have their sales, I walk out with thee most unique pieces that I’m obsessed with. And I know I’m only supposed to pick one, but H&M is also my other obsession. I spend hours in their trying everything on, it’s thee best and most affordable for people trying to stay in style.”

Q: It’s hard being a college student, I mean being tight on money, and not always having time available for frequent shopping between classes, studying and extra curricular activities, how do you budget?

A: “I always make sure I save up money for every time I go shopping. If I see a watch or a bag I’ve been eyeing for a while, I’ll save up for it. And I always make sure to go to post-season sales. There’s so many great buys at the end of a season that will look just as amazing the next time around. I make sure I always get my money’s worth.”

Q: What is your life’s mantra? What are some tips you can give to other young women?

A: “If you’re dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. As for tips, wear what shows your inner most beauty. Think about what pieces you love, not what you think everyone else will. Your clothes are yours and its the easiest way to show who you are. AND always, always, always look your best, you never know who you’re going to meet or run into.”


Foodie Friday: Chocolate Delight

Foodie Friday: Chocolate Delight

Healthier Chocolate Mousse

It’s getting to be that time of year again…the time of year where you just want to stay at home in your pajamas all day, curled up on the couch with your favorite comfort food and a great book or movie. This is a great recipe that will leave you feeling guilt-free! It’s a paleo recipe, which means it’s gluten free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, and legume free.


1 can Trader Joe’s coconut cream

4 heaping tablespoons Enjoy Life chocolate chips*

2 tablespoons coconut sugar**

Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional-I added about a teaspoon, but you can add more for a darker chocolate flavor)


Scoop out all of the coconut cream and discard the liquid on the bottom of the can. Try not to get any of that liquid in your bowl. Add coconut sugar and mix with coconut cream. Then melt your chocolate chips in the microwave (a little bit at a time so it doesn’t burn!) As your chocolate is melting, get your electric mixer ready. You need to move quickly because if your coconut cream is cold the chocolate will start to harden again. Once chocolate is melted, pour into your coconut cream and mix with an electric mixer until it’s all as smooth as possible-it might look like there are specks, and that’s fine. It could be the coconut sugar and/or little specks of chocolate that have hardened (and that will taste awesome!) Divide into 4 bowls and chill in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.

*Free of dairy allergies? Feel free to use your favorite chocolate, but note that in addition to dairy it may also contain soy.

**Honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup will also work, but may make the final product a little thinner.



This guest post was written + shared by the beautiful Eleni Chechopoulos, founder and creator of Check our her website for her daily recipes and workout inspiration!

Twitter: @EleniChech
Education: San Francisco State University, Psychology


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September 11th, 2001— a date that will forever leave a mark on your chest if you’re an American. Eleven years have gone by, yet every year we all sit in reflection and ask ourselves, 

"Where were you on September 11th?" 

"What were you doing when the first plane crashed into the first tower?" 

Meet Debbie Irwin, a mother and a wife from New York City who watched the towers fall. As a mother and a wife, she describes the fear and panic in bringing her family back together when just blocks away, began the next war on America. Debbie was kind enough to share her story with KHLOE yesterday. You can read our Q & A with her here: 

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Foodie Friday : Taste of China (None of that orange chicken!)

Upon returning from China, I’ve been craving real Chinese food. None of that

Panda express or your local fried rice and lo mein place. Real stuff like manto, egg and

tomato, stir fried corn, and chicken feet (okay, maybe chicken feet a little less). I also

missed the way that Chinese food is served: with white rice, and maybe six dishes on a

lazy Susan. You eat your rice with everything, stir it around in your little bowl.

Everything was delicious!

So I got to cooking when I came home. Made some manto for dessert and ate

some stir fried tomato and egg. Really simple dishes that I want to share with you!

Tomato and Egg Stir Fry

Equal parts tomato and eggs


Salt and pepper

Vegetable seed oil (Olive oil will work as well)

1. Dice up the tomato and put it in the olive oiled pan to simmer

2. Crack the eggs and mix them with some minced garlic

3. Add the mixture to the simmering tomatoes

4. Wait until you get the scrambled egg look with the tomatoes

5. Let it cool and enjoy!

Mantou with Condensed Milk

White Flour




Steamer pot

1. Mix a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of yeast together. Let it settle for 10


2. In the meantime prepare one part flour and half parts water to create a dough

3. Pour the original yeast and water mixture into the flour until it’s really mixed in

4. Let the dough rise for about an hour

5. Take the dough and make them into little ball shapes

6. Gently place them in the steamer until they harden up

7. Serve with condensed milk

These were some of the most simple and versatile dishes that I loved while being

abroad. I hope that when your running out of some creative dishes you can show your

friends that you know how to cook “real” Chinese food. Be creative with the recipes and

add your own spices, or even fry the manto! Eat up!

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Isabelle Rizo, Empowerment Contributor
Education:  UnCollege, Film 

Am I The Only One Struggling Not To Fart During Yoga?


Now that the giggle-inducing title has caught your attention, this particular question was actually one of several posed in an awesome, thought-provoking article by Martha Beck from titled ‘20 Questions That Could Change Your Life.’

I was immediately drawn to this question just like you mostly likely are now. My first response was laughter at the author’s expense, then, I thought: ‘Well, why did the author expose herself like this…so embarrassing!’

Then, as much as I attempted to not think about it…I couldn’t help but to ruminate on the time when I went through a similar struggle, a mini panic attack moment in an aerobics course every time I did a squat, wondering if that squat would be the one that…

Ok, so I’m not quite ready to talk about it just yet, let’s just say it could have been a possible embarrassing moment. Even now, as I type this article I can’t help but relive that moment all over again, and my instincts are yelling at me to just erase this whole article and write about something else and pretend like that moment never happened and tuck it safely back into my subconscious.

But then, I thought: ‘well, that wouldn’t help you, the reader.’

And that’s exactly the point Mrs. Beck was trying to convey. Everyone worries about making mistakes or some big social faux pas that could lead to a negative outcome.  And it’s nice to be reminded that you’re not alone, because sometimes we forget.

Now, let’s go away from the humor aspect of it onto a more serious note.  This question wasn’t designed to stay as it is, you must tweak the question to match your own struggles and fears. Not only minor social embarrassments, but those worries that keep you up at night, that make you feel alone and scared, that make your aspect of the world a little grayer.

In a few weeks, I’ll be twenty-one years old, and I’ll be entering my last semester of college. I have been worried for so long about what’s going to happen next because I’ve had a heck of a couple years that have lead to a severe decrease in my self-confidence and motivation; applying for tons of internships and jobs just to face rejection, the major I thought I was so sure I wanted now seems useless, I have no idea what I’m going to do after I graduate, the way I pictured my life going is completely NOT the way it’s headed, I’m not even sure what I want to do anymore, not sure if I am good enough to pursue my hopes and dreams, not sure if opportunity will ever come my way. I’m wondering if I am/going to be a total failure at life.

Am I the only one struggling with those things? Nope.

And this realization helped me to see that all this time, I’ve been walking around worrying as if I was the only person with these feelings. I’ve been keeping it all internal, not releasing it externally in a positive way.

And that’s the answer to the question I asked myself earlier. Why did Mrs. Beck expose herself like that?

Because, she wanted her readers to see that they were not alone.

You are not alone. And that’s actually somewhat comforting.

Because now I (and now you) can be sure of three things:

  • 1.     Someone right now has the same feelings you’re feeling (seek comfort in them).
  • 2.     Someone HAS had those feelings/has committed those fears and worries (seek advice from them)
  • 3.     Someone WILL have those feelings and worries (help them from feeling like you are now and seek empowerment from the confidence that they have and learn from them).


 - Dani Lee, Love and Relationships Contributor

Education: University of Mississippi, Psychology, English, Arabic
Twitter: @deethegeek  


Stop Talking to Your Ex— For Good.


We can think of every justification and excuse in the book for why we continually find the need to reply to that text message, pretend to ” butt dial”,  or touch base with the ex that made an impact (good or bad) in our lives. We can always find a reason for why we have the propensity to continually try to make some sort of contact with that EX— but is it healthy? Does it truly help you move on? I don’t think so. 

Over the past several months, I’ve made the painful but absolutely necessary cut off from my ex. I tried the gradual approach—texts here and there or a call to check in and make sure the other is doing well. This left me reminiscent, contemplating, and getting the ball rolling down a slippery slope of potential problems with my current boyfriend. Was this cat and mouse game worth it? Not at all. 

Three things got me to the point that I’ve needed to be at for quite awhile, and I’m finding myself extremely happy and at peace with this decision. Thought I’d share with our readers: 

1. Go Cold Turkey. 

Blair Waldorff and Chuck Bass. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepard. Justin Bobby and Audrina. Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big. I have a rolodex of couples from my favorite movies and TV shows where the cat and mouse game of talking to your ex was a fun and dramatic one. In the end, it only causes more heartache and greater damage for you, your ex. If you’re in a new relationship, you’re hurting the new boyfriend or girlfriend by keeping your foot in the door of your old relationship. Save everyone greater heartache and just move on. 

Delete his name in your phone. Block him on Facebook and Twitter. Right-click and remove him from AIM and GTalk. 

"But - I know his number by heart. I can just search him on my friends’ profile, and just seeing him on Chat helps me know he’s still there for me should I ever need him." 

My answer for those POOR excuses? Grow a backbone, grab two things off the big girl shelf called ”self-control” and ” self-discipline” and move on with your life.   

» Do not blame this decision to cut ties on your new boyfriend or girlfriend. Take responsibility, own the choice to cut ties…you’re doing this for you, not for anyone else. You’re doing this so you can heal and move on once and for all. 

2. Remember why you broke up in the first place. 

I know we’re not supposed think negatively, but when you’re contemplating texting your ex— remember why his title (boyfriend, fiancee, husband, FWB) now has a big ‘ol EX in front of it. Cherish the good times and the happy memories, but keep in mind that there’s a reason why it didn’t work out and you parted ways in the first place.  If it didn’t work out then, it won’t work out now. 

3. Have someone hold you accountable. 

I’m not negating the fact that cutting ties with your ex is hard to do; nevertheless, it needs to be done. Have someone who you trust and who knows the situation hold you accountable. They don’t need to walk around holding your phone to make sure you aren’t texting or talking, but checking in and asking how you’re doing with this now severed relationship is a great way to uphold to your promise to yourself. 

This isn’t necessarily going to be easy at first: it takes self-discipline, self-control, and most of all »> self-love ««. You can do it though.  I did it and I am much better for it (and happier, too!). 

Feeling like venting about your EX? Hit up our ” ASK” box to blow off steam or just ask for advice. 

Love, Hope A. 

Hope Alcocer

Founder & Editor in Chief @ KHLOE Magazine