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Taking its cue from Starbucks, Panera Bread is beginning to pop up everywhere. The bakery/cafe will now open two more stores in the Syracuse area by the fall. One store will be opening in Auburn, but the location most SU students will care about is at Carousel Mall. Set to open Sept. 26, the Panera Bread in Carousel will be located on the first floor right across from Ruby Tuesday. Besides the fact that this opening will add another chain restaurant to Syracuse, there are three more reasons Jerk believes that a Syracuse Panera Bread is a good option.

Healthier options in the mall: When you go to Carousel for the day, your only options for lunch/dinner are fast and greasy food. Panera Bread offers fresh salads and lean sandwiches for those of us watching and caring about what we eat.

Warm soup on cold days: The soup options at Panera Bread are to die for, especially during the winter. A warm bowl of soup is usually just the thing I need when there is a blizzard brewing outside. While all the soups are good, the classic Chicken Noodle always does the trick and it is even better inside a bread bowl.

Free food: Or samples–call them what you like. Instead of going to the Chinese place for disgusting chicken, head over to Panera Bread. They always have a bowl for bread samples in the front of the store. If you need a little energy while shopping, take a piece or two and you’re good to go.

-Nicole Fisher

IMG_8679People don’t like me in their kitchens. I’m always welcomed warmly as a guest, considering I have what may be the world’s un-pickiest palate and devour any dishes placed in front of me with an open mind, eager stomach, and mouth full of praise for the chef after I’ve made sure every crumb on my plate has been carefully tended.

It’s a different story though, once the act of making said delicious meal is placed upon me. I freak out, burn things, and generally wreak havoc upon whatever space has the extreme misfortune of housing my presence. Thus, it was much to my shock to find myself working and thoroughly enjoying my time at a boulangerie (French for “bakery”) for internship credit during a semester abroad in Strasbourg, France! (more…)

I’m in a cheese coma. And butter. And chocolate. And I may have severely compromised my complexion. And my figure. But it’s all in the name of discovery, of science, even. And I have discovered that you can make almost anything more delicious when reinterpreted as a grilled cheese sandwich.

I was surfing around on epicurious.com, looking for something for my first cooking blog entry. Something meaningful, and shocking, and attention-grabbing. Something that would pull people in. I am, after all, walking in similar shoes as Julie Powell, foraying into the unknown through a culinary wormhole in my tiny South Campus kitchen. But then I saw a recipe for “Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread” and all my cares went out the window.

“Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread” is an extremely simple and absolutely beautiful recipe. It’s a sandwich of chocolate cooked in a pan with butter until golden brown. And I wondered, “What else could I put between slabs of bread and fry in butter?”

Yummy ingredients for a yummy recipe, thanks to P&C.

Yummy ingredients for a yummy recipe, thanks to P&C.

A world of possibilities opened in my head, and I threw on my coat and hoofed it to P&C.

I came back an hour later, laden with Italian bread, mozzarella, brie, pepperoni, Hershey’s bars, and Reese’s cups. My kitchen was already stocked with bacon, raspberry jam, peanut butter, Colby jack cheese, apples, and, most important of all: butter.

I got to assembling, season three of The Office playing on Netflix in the background. I ended up with six creations. Brie and apple, mozzarella and pepperoni, Colby jack, bacon and brie, peanut butter and jelly, hershey’s chocolate, and reese’s peanut butter cup. (more…)