Category Archives: Cooking for College Kids

NYT Delight: Roasted Broccoli With Shrimp

Having not cooked in a while, I ended up reading an article in the New York Times that really made my mouth water. It was about roasted broccoli with shrimp. Having roasted cauliflower before, I knew what roasting did to veggies: brought out their warm, sweet flavors. Doing this with broccoli and adding the needed protein of shrimp made for a really, really quick meal:

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/dining/141arex.html?scp=1&sq=broccoli%20and%20shrimp&st=cse

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Avoid the Ramen Diet

Lots of college students and young people living on their own eat like crap. Just own up to it, no excuses. Some people are pretty empty pocketed at this stage in their life, which is understandable, but no one can stay healthy on ramen and tap water. I like to budget thinking that some of my monies destine to entertain myself get added into food. I kinda find some zen in cooking for myself, and get healthy and tastey results. Well… at least vegetables and identifiable protein sources are involved kinda healthy.

If you were never taught how to cook at home, it might seem like a high mountain to climb. But you can always start with a basic cookbook, and just start making things that sound good to your tummy. Here is a great list of cook book recomendations from the NYTimes (free to sign up for if it prompts you for a log in). Steal/beg/borrow from the library, scrimp and save, just please for all that is tasty avoid eating ramen more than twice a week.

So little drinks, so much time…. No, Scratch that. Then reverse it.

Something happened to me the other night that hasn’t in awhile- at my girlfriends apartment the roommates were having a party and didn’t know what to make. Usually keeping a stock myself, such things rarely occur. In need of a drink recipe nothing beats the Willy Wonka explosion of Liqurious. A great site to browse, it’s a conglomeration of blogs about different drinks with recipes and (what really wins my heart) beautiful presentation pics. Just like a kid in a candy store, I usually want to try everything on their front page.

Website: http://www.liqurious.com/
Final Grade: A++, Great Site, Will Drink again!

Edit: Like, seriously, I just clicked on a link from there on how to make suspended frozen alcohol blobs to add to champagne to make it dance like a lava lamp. How cool is that?

Jim’s Famous Refried Beans

My boyfriend Jim is an excellent cook, and one of my favorite recipes of his is his refried beans. Easily made vegetarian or vegan, they totally blow canned beans out of the water, and are really quite simple to make.

Recipe and hot pictures after the cut!

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Food Safety For Dummies: When in doubt, throw it out

Those on the east coast got to experience the heat wave last week. To cope, I hid at my girlfriend’s apartment with central air. At home, my mom got treated to a 2 day power outage (the kind that cascaded across Jersey for various reasons). Trying to save the fridge food, she kept it stocked with some bags of ice.

It gets nasty after the break.

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