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In celebration of the cultural diversity of Fredonia State College, students and faculty will join in a feast this week with more than 20 different ethnic foods.

Dishes for the multicultural feast, to be held Thursday in the campus' Erie Dining Hall, were selected through a campus-wide solicitation for recipes.

Students who participate in the campus dining plan can partake of the fare. Others, including the public, are invited to buy tickets at the door. The staff of the Faculty Student Association is prepared to serve up to 1,200 people at the event.

Averl Otis, new director of multicultural affairs on campus, said she was excited about the huge variety as well as the participation in the event.

The event will feature Asian, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern dishes, as well as many others.

The Office of International Education encouraged participation in the program. It is known as the "home away from home" for Fredonia students who are citizens of 22 foreign countries -- including Canada, China, Jamaica, Bahamas, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Cyprus, England, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Korea, Haiti, Iceland, Lithuania, Taiwan, Switzerland, Ghana, Spain and Ireland.

The recipes also will be marketed in a cookbook that will be on sale at the event.

Recipes selected for the feast include Pique a lo Macho, a dish of Hispanic origin suggested by Amalia Nagel, a sophomore music education major from Wooster, Ohio.

The family favorite, she said, was created by a man, and its name means something that is simply "thrown together," or in her words, "a macho stir fry."

Ingredients: About 6.5 pounds of potatoes cut into strips Salt and pepper About 3.3 pounds of sausage or hot dogs About 1 pound of sliced beef ? steak works well Three hard boiled eggs Vinegar Pressed garlic Three Onions, cut in strips Four Tomatoes One or Two hot peppers (jalapenos, or similar)

Directions: Boil and peel the potatoes and cut into strips ? season and fry (like French Fries.) Keep the boiled, sliced eggs on the side for a garnish Cut the sausage into small pieces.

Season the beef and then fry. Also heat up the sausage in the pan once the steak is done. Add one/half the tomatoes and onions into the skillet with the meat to add flavor. Spread over the fries on a tray. Arrange remaining tomatoes, onions and hot peppers on top.

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