Holiday Cook-off

Crazy Easy Cranberry Sauce

One thing to know about me; I don’t cook. When I do cook, it is in the most basic way possible. I eat at Chipotle 3 times a week, cooking is not my forte. However, I have always loved cranberry sauce. For as long as I could remember, I was one of the only people in my family who loved it, and I would demand it every year at Thanksgiving. This year I decided – Hey, it’s pretty simple! Could I really mess this up? Spoiler; it actually came out really well! Someone call Gordon Ramsay!

Crazy Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

If you somehow mess this up, maybe it’s not time for college yet!

Step 1: you will need whole cranberries, sugar, water and lime.

Step 2: Put one cup of water into a pot (I was later told by my mother that the cranberries are supposed to go first- but does that really matter?)

Step 3: Add in 3 cups of cranberries.

Step 4: Add one cup of sugar

Step 5: Stir! You’re going to alternate between stirring your sauce and covering the pot with a lid and letting it sit every few minutes. Make sure your heat isn’t too high, my sister said it should be on a “simmer” whatever that means. Continue this until your cause starts to get thicker.

Step 6: Add in some lime juice for some razzle dazzle, just before your sauce is almost done.

Step 7: Keep stirring until the berries have popped and you’re cause is looking thick. Pour it out into a bowl and you’re all done! Can be served hot, or you can let it cool down.

If you’re looking for a recipe with a little more kick to it, heres a great recipe for drunken cranberry sauce!

Want a gluten free holiday meal? Check out Jace’s Macaroni Surprise!

Arts & Entertainment Culture & Student Life

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood Returns to Ventura College 10 Years Later

Ximena Alvear


The Mysterious Case of Edwin Drood is coming to Ventura College this December. Brought to you by the VC music department, this musical is one you won’t want to miss!

Brian Hotchkin is co-directing the show along with Brent Wilson and said, “We’re so excited to do this really fun story. It actually got put up here at Ventura College 10 years ago and we had so much we’re bribing it back.”

Hotchkin gave us some insight and let us know the show is actually a play within a play:

“In real life Charles Dickens wrote this mystery novel with a murderer and then Charles Dickens unfortunately died before he could finish it and we never found out who the murderer is. So we’ve taken this unfinished play and in the musical version it’s set as a play within a play and we have a quite looney, wacky theatre company where everyone wants to be the diva star and they’re putting on this unfinished play.”

The show is coming to VC December 3-5 and will be taking place outdoors. Show times to be announced soon.   

Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs off of “Certified Lover Boy”

After much anticipation, public online beef with Kanye West, and a controversial album cover reveal later (seriously- what is that cover?), Certified Lover Boy is here for our listening pleasure. Full disclosure; I absolutely love Aubrey Drake Graham. I have been a fan since I was 13 years old and there is a Drake song for every major era of my life. So at first it was hard to put that aside and listen to this album objectively. But, after listening for the last month (I’ve listened all the way through at least 20 times) I have come to the conclusion that; it’s a really good album, but not a great one. 

Drake is never going to make a bad album. He and his producer Noah “40” Shebib don’t have it in them to make a BAD album. But, for the last decade, Drake has been the innovator in the rap game. He’s genre bended, experimented with different music styles and sounds from all over the world, and gave us greatness time and time again. This album didn’t meet those standards, it’s a good album and I enjoy it, but he didn’t quite deliver on the expectations we had. CLB is regurgitated beats and flows from his previous works, but to be fair- his previous works are great. We got more of the same when we typically expect amazing and trendsetting newness from Aubrey. That being said, I love the album and listen to something from it every day. So here are my top five songs off of Certified Lover Boy:

5. Fair Trade– This should’ve been the album single. “I’ve been losing friends and finding peace” is a bar that many of us relate to, and will be captioning our instagram photos with. Also, “the dirt that they threw on my name turned to soil and I grew up out it,” is now one of my favorite motivational Drake lyrics. If that doesn’t make you want to wake up and crush the souls of your enemies with your success then I don’t know what will.

4. Champagne Poetry– What a great way to start such a highly anticipated album. The samples and harmonies are such a beautiful welcome to something we’ve been so excited to hear. The switch half way through is seamlessly done, two great songs in one.

3. Pipe Down– I love a good, petty, hurt, Drake song. He is a man scorned in this and he is not holding back. “If it was ride or die, you should’ve been dead right now,” wheeeeew! Who hurt you, Aubrey?! Beautiful production on this song as well. Solid beat, great melody. The best song on the album to scream-sing in your car when you’re driving alone.

2. You Only Live Twice– Rick Ross goes on a Drake song like pineapple goes on pizza (it’s delicious, I don’t care if you disagree.) Drake’s verse is great but then we get Lil Wayne with the best feature on this entire album. Drake and Wayne together create such a beautiful nostalgia for a time before many of us had student loans and unmitigated anxiety to deal with. The sounds of simpler days. 

1.  Race My Mind– This is the most underrated song on the album and it’s the best one hands down. The HARP??? That harp makes me feel like I’m ascending into the heavens while being serenaded by Drake’s vocals and honestly, if that’s not what happens to me after the sweet kiss of death then I want a refund on this life. This song is special. A singing Drake, pleading with his love to give him more time and affection. A classic Drake ballad. You all owe Race My Mind some respect.

What do you think of this list? What are your favorites? Let us know!