Dorm room recipes

Some may feel that they long for a good home-cooked meal now that they are away at college. Others may be excited about the prospective freedom that now overcomes their kitchen or what may stand in for a kitchen (i.e., George Forman Grill and a bathroom sink), but whoever you are, you are hungry. Here’s what to do when you may not have a full kitchen or do not want to work the stove:

Midnight Snack

English muffin pizza:
* As many English muffins as you want
* Pizza sauce
* Shredded mozzarella cheese
* Any vegetables that you would like
* Oregano
Put a little sauce and as much cheese, veggies and spice as you would like, the more the merrier and put in the toaster oven on medium toast for five minutes. Then enjoy. Great for when you are in a rush or not particularly skilled in the kitchen department.

Milkshake Madness
Banana milkshakes (makes 2 to 3 large cups)
* 1 whole banana
* 1/2 cup of milk
* three scoops of vanilla ice cream
* 1/2 cup of ice
* May add chocolate syrup if you like
Turn the blender on high until all ingredients are mixed together. Consistency should be thick, all pieces of banana mixed together.

Makeshift Kitchen Chicken Parm
You will need:
* Pre-made breaded chicken fingers, breasts or patties
* These can be substituted for the “Boca” style breaded chicken patties for vegetarians
* A jar of your favorite tomato sauce
* A bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese (or whatever is available at our local District Market)
* Some grated Romano, Pecorino or Parmesan – because who doesn’t like to fine dine every once in awhile?

If you find yourself craving some decent Italian grub, but are sick of blowing real cash at Maggiano’s, here’s what to do in the privacy of your own “kitchen:”

Follow the directions on the pre-made chicken. This will probably mean pre-heating your toaster oven or microwave. Please remember that toasters do not go on soft or flammable surfaces, lest of course you’d like to be kicked out of housing for arson.

Note: You can cook the chicken in the microwave but make sure to finish it off in the toaster so that it isn’t soggy.

After the chicken is done take it out of the toaster and spread as much sauce and shredded cheese over the top as you’d like. Stick it in the toaster just until the cheese is melted. Decorate with the Parmesan, Pecorino or Romano to taste. Voila! Chicken parm. Pasta to go or the Caesar salad in a bag makes the perfect side dish.

Chipwich ? la Thurston
But why would we make a Chipwich if we can just buy them? Because dears, for the price of three GW Chipwiches you can buy yourself a bag of cookies and a tub of ice cream to make yourself way more than three ice cream sandwiches.
You will need:
* One bag of large cookies, these can be of any variety you’d like, but they should be soft baked.
* One tub of ice cream also of any variety you’d like

Heat two of the large cookies in the microwave for five to ten seconds; place one on a plate face down. Scoop a spoonful of ice cream in the middle, and cover with the other cookie. Smush to taste. Place in the freezer so that the two ingredients harden together. Of course you can eat these hot too, but it gets a little sloppy.

Freshman fruit salad
A favorite that all of us can make but none of us ever do
To scale you should buy one piece of fruit for every three people you are feeding.
* Bananas
* Apples
* Oranges
* Orange Juice
* One teaspoon sugar

Dice up all of the fruit with the dull knives you’ve stolen from the Marvin Center. Please have the good taste to clean the surface that you are putting fresh fruit on. Place all of the fruit in some type of a container that will hold not only the fruit, but liquid as well.

After you dice the fruit, put it in the container with enough orange juice to wet all of the fruit. Add a teaspoon of sugar to sweeten the mixture and so that the fruit will stay juicy. Toss it around, covered Tupperware is ideal for this, but you could use a Ziplock. Let it chill for a while and serve in whatever you’ve got.

So now you know how to make use of the “kitchen.” GW has provided you with it your freshman year. Enjoy actually using it.

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