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UMass women’s basketball blows halftime lead to Saint Joseph’s, fall to the Hawks 84-79. -

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UMass hockey beats Vermont 6-3 in courageous win -

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Makar, Leonard score but UMass can only muster 2-2 tie with Vermont -

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January 10, 2018

Conservative student activism group sues UMass over free speech policy -

January 10, 2018

Report: Makar declines invite from Team Canada Olympic team -

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Prince Hall flood over winter break -

January 10, 2018

Minutemen look to avoid three straight losses with pair against Vermont -

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Men’s and women’s track and field open seasons at Dartmouth Relays -

January 10, 2018

Turnovers and poor shooting hurt UMass women’s basketball in another conference loss at St. Bonaventure -

January 8, 2018

Shorthanded, UMass men’s basketball shocks Dayton with 62-60 win -

January 7, 2018

Northampton City Council elects Ryan O’Donnell as new council president -

January 7, 2018

UMass power play stays hot but Minutemen lose 8-3 to UMass Lowell -

January 7, 2018

UMass hockey falls to UMass Lowell in 8-3 blowout -

January 7, 2018

UMass hockey falls short against Yale in 5-3 loss Friday -

January 5, 2018

Otis Livingston II, George Mason drop UMass men’s basketball 80-72 -

January 3, 2018

Johnston: UMass fails to earn first conference win against George Mason -

January 3, 2018

Ratatouille not just a movie

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Ratatouille – you know you’ve heard this word before. Maybe you know that this is a French word. Maybe it brings to mind the image of a Pixar rat. These are correct assumptions, but you may not know that it is also an absolutely delicious vegetarian dish. With such a fancy-sounding name, I originally assumed that it would be equally complicated to make, but it is actually quite easy.

Anyone who knows how to sauté can make this dish. Even if you just learned how to boil water, this won’t be a struggle. The best time of the year to make ratatouille is right about now, when farmers or your mom have an overabundance of veggies on their hands. Locally grown produce is available at Stop and Shop, and the more a crop is produced, the cheaper it will be.

You also do not have to use the exact ingredients listed below. This particular version was made without eggplant. Maybe you have everything in your fridge except for zucchini. No worries. This dish is super versatile. Something similar to ratatouille is served in the dining commons, made from only onions, tomatoes and squash. The one necessity is the tomatoes – they give the meal most of its juiciness, and it ties all of the flavors of the other veggies together.

Now, if you have taken a look at the recipe, you may have noticed that it says to sauté for an hour. Yes, this sounds ridiculous. However, you do not really need to cook it for that long. This dish can be made in about 30 minutes and it still be quite tasty, but the longer you cook it, the softer your veggies become and the more time the flavor has to fuse and seep into the food. If you have some time on your hands, use the full hour to cook this scrumptious recipe.

Recipe:

1 medium eggplant, cubed
1 medium zucchini, cubed
1 medium summer squash, cubed
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp of minced garlic
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
2 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the zucchini and squash for 5 minutes. Then add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook for a few minutes, adding more oil if needed. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and reduce the heat to low. Cook on low for about 50-60 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Acacia DiCiaccio can be reached at adiciacc@student.umass.edu.

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