The Perfect Fall Snack- Bloomin’ Baked Apple

By Payton Pinsky

Since the Autumn season has just begun I thought it fitting to make a yummy fall snack!  The first treat I found that I wanted to share with you is the “Bloomin’ Baked Apple”. This is a fun and delicious fall snack to make with loved ones, or just to cure your sweet tooth! It’s simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.

Watch this video for the recipe:

These, (plus some cinnamon) are all of the ingredients needed to make our Blooming Apple.
Our apple was a little smaller then what they used in the video, so we ended up just taking the core out and cutting the pieces up
Our apple was a little smaller then what they used in the video, so we ended up just taking the core out and cutting the pieces up

Cutting

This is the color the sauce should be after microwaving and mixing the ingredients together
This is the color the sauce should be after microwaving and mixing the ingredients together
Don't forget one of the best parts! Add a nice piece of caramel to the middle of your apple before baking it
Don’t forget one of the best parts! Add a nice piece of caramel to the middle of your apple before baking it
Cover the top of your apple nicely with the sauce before baking it.
Cover the top of your apple nicely with the sauce before baking it.
Delicious! This is our final product.
Delicious! This is our final product.
Here is a sneak peak of the inside goo of your snack.
Here is a sneak peak of the inside goo of your snack.

I picked out a delicious apple, and recommend finding the largest apple you can, which will make it easier to cut.   I changed up the recipe just a bit by coating the inside of the apple with brown sugar to give it a little extra sweetness! I would recommend using half white sugar, and half brown sugar when making your sauce instead of all white sugar, just to give it a little more of an apple pie flavor. I topped it off with the sauce and popped it in the oven (which should be preheated to 375°). I ended up taking my apple out at 22 minutes which left the pieces a little hard. I suggest keeping it in the oven for 25-30 minutes to make sure your apple is soft enough to easily bite into.

Once the apple is out of the oven, top it off with your favorite vanilla ice cream and you are ready to enjoy a scrumptious fall snack!   Should you try out this recipe, let me know how your Bloomin’ Baked apple turns out.

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The Bro-Country Epidemic

Wikipedia defines Bro-Country as “a style of mainstream country music originating in the second decade of the 21st century. It is a general term for styles of country music taking influence from 21st-century hip hop, rock, pop and electronic music. Many “Bro-Country” songs are about attractive young women, the consumption of alcohol, partying, and pickup trucks”

So where did Bro-Country come from?

Ten years ago, if you were to ask a country music fan what direction the genre would be headed in a decade, I’m sure that no one would have expected this. Who thought to combine all of these elements that make up Bro-Country?

I think it’s safe to say that certain artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Sam Hunt are responsible for Bro-Country. I won’t lie, most of the music that these artists put out is extremely catchy– the charts show how popular it is as well.

The problem with Bro-Country, however, is that many country fans feel that it shouldn’t even be considered country. Some even go as far as to say that it is an epidemic that is infiltrating the country music scene. Sam Hunt himself didn’t even think his music would make it onto country radio, let alone be successful.

From the opposite perspective, Bro-Country could be saving the country music scene by integrating popular themes and sounds into the music, drawing in newer and younger listeners. Wether you like Bro-Country or not, it seems that this style of music is here to stay.

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Meanwhile… Somewhere in Iceland…

By Nick Costello

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In Iceland there are so many incredible things to see, but even more incredible is the Icelandic music scene.

Iceland is home to the Iceland Airwaves music festival,  a five day music event that provides a stage for local and international artists.  The festival is fast approaching and will take place November 4th-8th in  Reykjavik.  Rolling Stone magazine calls this festival the “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar,” so trust me you don’t want to be left in the dark!

Get a preview of the sounds of the festival on WCRX 88.1 FM, and WCRXFM.com on Tuesday, October 27th, from 7-9 PM.  Hosted by Nick Costello and Eric Schneider, the Iceland preview show will showcase the Icelandic rock/pop/electro music scene.  We’ll also be talking with Columbia College students  who will be traveling  to Reykjavik to cover the Iceland Airwaves music festival.

What other’s have had to say about the  Iceland Airwaves Music Festival:

“The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar”  (David Fricke, Rolling Stone)

“Unbelievable zest for music and celebration” (Jonah Flicker, Pitchforkmedia).

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Catch the Iceland Music Festival Preview show tonight beginning at 7pm on WCRXFM, 88.1 or WCRXFM.com for a live audio stream.

Travel along with Columbia College students as they provide stories, music and news from Reykjavik, Iceland November 3-10th on the Columbia College Chicago Radio Department’s Covering International Fests: Iceland award-winning blog.

 

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