At home I was known for baking desserts, especially Key lime pie, and I loved helping to make dinner for my family. When I left for college three years ago, I expected to continue to cook for myself and my friends. Cooking, however, required a piece of equipment that my university did not provide: an oven.
I was shocked and dismayed to find that my dorm room was equipped with only a microwave and a mini-fridge. To get to the communal kitchen that the university advertised, I had to go outside the building. The kitchen smelled vaguely of meat, was crusty, dirty, and in the study lounge. The one attempt I made to cook there practically led to a revolt by my fellow classmates, whose attempts to study were disturbed by the smell and the noise of my culinary adventure. I decided to learn how to use my microwave; after all, I couldn't eat in the dining hall for every meal.
I looked for microwave recipes in cookbooks written for students, but instead of providing ideas for studentsRead More »from Campus chow: one college student offers her tips on dorm cooking