Cut the cheese! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day

Just when you feel like Winter Quarter is bogging you down, an amazing thing happens. That amazing thing is cheese.

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Did you know?

Nobody really knows the origin of cheese

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the cheese dates back to 4000 years. The only origin is a legend of how it was made.

“According to an ancient legend, it was made accidentally by an Arabian merchant who put his supply of milk into a pouch made from a sheep’s stomach, as he set out on a day’s journey across the desert. The rennet in the lining of the pouch, combined with the heat of the sun, caused the milk to separate into curd and whey. That night he found that the whey satisfied his thirst, and the cheese (curd) had a delightful flavor which satisfied his hunger.”

The first cheese factory in the US was in Oneida, New York.

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1/3 of the milk produced in the US is used for cheese

Thank you farmers!

 

The most popular cheese in the world is MozzarellaMozzarella.jpg

The most popular cheese recipe is macaroni and cheese8401086278_5da2fc999e_o (2).jpg

That’s not surprising

 

There is a database of 1,777 different cheeses at Cheese.com

Complete with fun facts of the day, a Twitter feed, and serving tips

 

The Smithsonian created a map celebrating cheese found around the world

Their tagline: “This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all over”

 

Cheese is most flavorful at room temperature

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Approximately 10 pounds of milk makes 1 pound of cheeseMilk_Vat.jpg

That’s a lot of milk!

But at least it gives us the simple pleasures of cheese and crackers, burgers, grilled cheese, and so much more!

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Now go take a study break and get some cheese or some other item of indulgence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for Winter Break Events?

Some of you are already on Winter Break!

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But some of us still have a few days to wait…

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So after a few days of Netflix binge-watching and eating everything in sight, what is there to do? (Besides see Star Wars)

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Alone this Thanksgiving?

You are not alone. Some of us turn down invitations or just can’t go home for Thanksgiving. Don’t fret. There are so many options for you to celebrate!

1) Join a friend

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to get together, spend time together, and share a meal together.

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For those of you who are already hosting a dinner, invite your friends who may not have a family to go home to.

For those of you are alone on Thanksgiving, reach out to your friends about their plans. You would be surprised how open they will be about the idea of you joining them.

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Veterans Day Events and Celebrations

Today is a day to honor those who make our country free. Here is the history of Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Did you know?

(According to the U.S. Census Bureau)

  • There are 19.3 million military veterans in the U.S.
  • There are 9.4 million military veterans who are 65 and older.
  • 1.6 million of them are female
  • Over 21% of military veterans are African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American.

All of these individuals deserve our respect and gratitude everyday, not just on Veterans Day.


How can I celebrate Veterans Day?

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Not going anywhere this Memorial Day Weekend? Here’s some awesome ideas!

You can either stay home and watch Netflix on the coach all weekend or do some of these activities. We challenge you to at least do one.

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How to Get Over the Post-Holiday Blues (College Edition)

For all you college students out there, this can be the worst time of the year.

Everyone is feeling blue after the holidays and New Year’s resolutions can feel so depressing.

"All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day"
“All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day”

Every New Year, I brainstorm resolutions in my head. “Oh I need to lose more 30 pounds this year. Oh I need to be nicer to my neighbors, coworkers, and friends.”

Nobody wants to obsess over these things ALL YEAR.

Even worse, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you are deprived of sunshine and feel extra cranky ALL THE TIME.

The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington
The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington

There must be a solution, right? What are some ways to get over the holiday blues AND get over going back to school?

"I don't know"
“I don’t know”

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Opening Presents (The More Exciting Way)

Do you like opening gifts? I know we do!

When I look at the gifts underneath my tree, I get really excited. I start imagining all of the possibilities that it could be.

It's raining presents!
It’s raining presents!

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