Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

turkeyThanksgiving is for spending time with your family, being grateful for all that you have, and stuffing your face with delicious food. Last year, my mom asked me to make the Thanksgiving dinner. At first, I was terrified, but after some planning (and using these recipes), it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. If you are going to preparing some of the Thanksgiving feast this year, or the whole meal is falling on your shoulders, try some of these easy, delicious recipes! Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways to Spice Up Ramen Noodles

top ramenFor those on a budget, food is one area where it’s easier to cut corners. One popular, cheap food option, especially among broke college students, is ramen noodles. Ask any kid that went away to college what they ate the most while away and the response is almost always ramen noodles. For just pennies a packet, ramen noodles are a simple food with a simple, salty flavor, so it’s no surprise that people are often looking for ways to add some depth and variety to the meal. Below are ten suggestions to give your ramen noodles some flair.

  • Tex Mex Ramen: Brown a pound of ground beef and add a package of taco seasoning. Boil ramen noodles and mix with meat. You can garnish with your favorite taco toppings like cheese, lettuce, sour cream and nacho cheese chips.
  • Spaghetti Ramen: Pour heated marinara sauce over boiled ramen noodles for a quick and cheap spaghetti dish. Read the rest of this entry »

Popular College Drinks that are Cheap, Quick and Easy to Prep

Vodka infused watermelon

Vodka infused watermelon

While most of the time college students are slaving away studying in the library, there are the chosen few nights when students are able to let loose, get wasted and wake up with a hangover and use the excuse: “…it’s OK, I’m in college.”

In a place where complete and utter incoherent intoxication is not really frowned upon it comes as no surprise that the art of creatively consuming alcoholic beverages has peaked on university campuses.

Here are some popular drinks that are cheap, quick and easy to prepare for an impromptu party:

  • Hunch Punch: ¾ fruit punch and ¼ grain alcohol

The Morning After Cure: Hangover Helpers

hangover-curesHangovers happen, and not only on Sunday mornings either. For the days when sleeping off the headache and nausea isn’t an option here are some handy and healthy hangover cures. Just turn on the juicer.

1. Tomato Tune-Up

Toss 5 medium tomatoes, 2 cups of chopped cabbage and a large handful of fresh parsley into a juicer. Garnish with a stick of celery.

2. Fruit Freshener

This drink is particularly good for your liver, which will need a little love after a hard night of drinking. Juice 1 cup of red grapes, 3/4 cup of chopped beet and 2 plums. Pour mixture over ice.

3. Apple Care
Alternately juice 1 and 3/4 cup of broccoli with 2 apples and 5 and a 1/2 cups of raw spinach, so that the juicer doesn’t get clogged with leaves. If the juice is too sweet for your taste, add some water.
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5 Recipes for your School’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

chips-and-salsaIf you are taking a Spanish class, you know that Cinco de Mayo is coming up! For some, it’s a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated French forces. For others, it’s a great excuse to stuff yourself on yummy Mexican food. At my high school, we always celebrated with a school-wide Cinco de Mayo party and everyone brought their favorite dishes to share. If you need some quick and yummy recipes to celebrate the holiday, here are my top cinco (5) favorites! I also work at a Mexican restaurant, so I’m kind of an expert on this whole queso and tortilla thing.

1. Mexican Wedding Cookies – These delicious almond-flavored cookies are rolled in powdered sugar. Recipe Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Freshman in the Kitchen’s Eli Sussman

freshman-in-the-kitchenI had the great pleasure to speak with Eli Sussman, co-author of the just-released cookbook, Freshman in the Kitchen. As a recent graduate from Michigan State University, Eli knows a thing or two about what it’s like for college students to try to eat a decent (and economical) meal in between darting off to lectures, class, the library and the bar.

He and his brother Max, who co-authored the book, have spent years cooking in restaurants, summer camps and for friends and family. From line cooks to food runners, these brothers have done it all in the kitchen and they are anxious to share their tricks of the trade and their favorite recipes with you.

Just a few days after their appearance on the Today Show, we caught up with Eli to talk to him about his new book.

Where did the motivation come from to write Freshman in the Kitchen?

My brother Max and I have been in the food and restaurant business for years. We wanted to create a cookbook that was for anyone — the novice in the kitchen to someone who is very comfortable with cooking. Since we have been working in restaurants all of our lives and we’ve amassed a good deal of skills and knowledge between us. We wanted to share that with people in a way that is fun, simple and takes the fear out of cooking. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama Burger vs. John McCain Burger Recipes

Does the diet of the future president play any role in who receives your vote? If it does, Obama might stand out as the healthier candidate. His diet is rich in vegetables and nuts, he prefers water over soda, and he avoids mayo and potato chips. McCain likes his food greasy- enchiladas, pizza and BBQ, even suggesting he doesn’t eat too many veggies.

So it’s interesting that two recipes created in each candidate’s name don’t really reflect their dietary habits at all.

Barack Obama’s Pizza Burger is more likely to be eaten by John McCain; and the John McCain Chicken Queso Burger is probably more likely to be enjoyed by Barack.

Which of these sandwiches will get your vote?


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