College Dinner Recipes

Hello everyone! To introduce myself, my name is Jeff and I’m a sophomore student at Virginia Tech (or at least will be come the fall semester). I have been placed into a much larger dorm than I was last year and will have a kitchen in my building. I’m hoping to get a few nights in there to make some dinner for myself/friends (it’s a co-ed dorm… i need something to put me infront of all the other guys ^.^).

So i was wondering if any of you guys have some really basic/simple recipes that I can use in college besides Ramen or Cup-o-Soup microwavables. I think it would be fun to experiment with some new food… especially if I can make it.

So if anyone here can help me out and maybe point me in the right direction of what i should be looking for since my claim to fame in the kitchen is a grilled cheese… please do so!

Thank you guys/girls!
go here :

its a list of episodes/recipes for the show "how to boil water", its food network’s show for beginners. Simple easy recipes that are pretty friggin tasty.

go here :


its a list of episodes/recipes for the show "how to boil water", its food network’s show for beginners. Simple easy recipes that are pretty friggin tasty.

When was that on? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.
I see a few good recipes I might look into on there. I’ll have to see what’s possible in my talent. Since my birthday is this thursday, I want to treat myself to as many new things as I can. So my birthday present to myself is a makeover… which = new clothes, new hair, new skills (cooking), and a new video camera…

Random, lol
Well the video camera is for many things. Mainly to protect my car from any more attacks.

Last year some asshole in my neighborhood keyed it from front headlight to tail light. That pissed the fuck outta me… it’s still there.

Last week, some asshole decided to egg my brother’s "new" 2003 Tiberon, as well as my car (2006 Black Galant). We both now have dents and paint chips on our car, as well as I have some egg shit on the hood of teh car.

So, I’m slightly pissed… and if I find out who did it, i want to be able to laugh at the dumbass multiple times on video
i don’t know if you saw my thread about the kalbi recipe. it was incredibly easy to make, but you’ll need access to a refrigerator to keep the meat in over night marinading.

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice wine (he wasn’t sure if it was rice wine or rice wine vinegar, but realized after i bought and made it with vinegar that it was just the wine. it came out fine anyway)
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 pear grated plus the juice that came out from grating
3 green onions chopped
3 tblspoon of sugar (i used honey instead)
salt, pepper, red pepper flake

the typical meat is beef short ribs for kalbi or thinly sliced rib eye (i believe) for bulgogi. anyway, you can use this same marinade for other meats too and i’m sure it would be just as good. you can just broil the meat in the broiler.
oh, one other thing i used to make a lot was broccoli and macaroni. i always made it with rigatoni.

here is the list of what you’ll need:
– 1lb of rigatoni (or your favorite pasta, i see cavatelli used often too)
– 1 head of garlic
– olive oil
– head of broccoli
– 1 French baguette

mince the garlic. i always used a LOT of garlic since i love it. it is also good because it flavors the oil when you cook it. i used to use around a half of a head.

cut the baguette up so each piece is about 3/4 thick. you could cut that in half too if those piece are too big for your taste. the bread is going to be fried and works best if it is nice and soft inside, so make sure you get it fresh.

cut the florets off of the head of broccoli and hold aside. you don’t want each piece to be too large so cut the bigger pieces in half.

get a good sized pot and boil at least a gallon of water. throw some salt in it, enough to make the water taste a little salty (i wouldn’t go as far as making it taste like sea water though). when the water starts boiling, put the pasta in. make sure you stir periodically so the pasta doesn’t stick together or to the bottom.

while the pasta cooks, saute the minced garlic in olive oil. i like to use a good amount of oil though because you want enough to moisten the bread and still have some extra to toss the pasta in at the end.
after the garlic just starts to darken slightly (it doesn’t take long) take it out and put it on a plate with all of the oil. make sure you don’t burn the garlic because that tastes terrible. now, take the cut up bread and dip each piece in and then fry it until it is crispy.

when the rigatoni is almost cooked, probably around 8 minutes or so, throw the broccoli florets into the water and put a lid on it. cook it until the broccoli softens a little and brightens in color.

once it is all done, strain the pasta and broccoli well. then dump in the remaining garlic and garlic oil and the toasted bread and toss. i usually just put some grated romano or parmasan cheese on it after that.

this whole thing should take less than a half hour to cook including prep time and you don’t end up with a ton of nasty dirty pots and pans. also, it tastes great and the fried garlic bread really stands out.

if you want, you can also cook up some chicken and throw it in too, but i usually avoid it.
I’ve relied on food from 7-11 as well as television dinners for most of my life.

I believe this is part of the reason why my stomach is so fucked up.
i don’t necessarily know that dorm girls are going to be impressed by a beginner cook in the dorms…

I say keep it simple and make something easy like a ribeye with roasted garlic mashed potatoes