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This is where it gets a little ridiculous…

31 Jul

Okay, so it probably seems like I have been seriously slacking off on this blog this summer, even though I promised to write.  Truth is, I’ve pretty much abandoned all attempts of cooking in the dorm, beyond toast/bagels.  Tonight though, I wasn’t feeling very well & was really needing some chicken noodle soup (like the kind from Hosses’).  After laying around for a bit, I finally felt well enough to go to Walmart.  I knew I wasn’t gonna find any Hosses soup with those delicious homemade noodles, but I figured I could improvise.

Well.  Improvising apparently became the theme for tonight.  I settled with a box meal of Homestyle Bakes, which is about as close as I could come to satisfying my sick-food craving.  Well, I got home & those darn people at Banquet haven’t upgraded to the pull-top cans of stew yet & of course I don’t have a can opener.  I have like…nothing.

So, I improvised.

Hah. I sent a picture to Ryan & he called it “ghetto.”  But hey, it worked, even though it took a little effort. And so did making the “biscuits” topping.  I only have tiny plastic cereal bowls & plastic picnic spoons to mix with, with no measuring cups to measure out the 1/2 cup of water… so I figured this could get a little interesting…

But hey I figured it out!  To measure, I just used a some bottled water that was labeled in oz & drank what I figured was roughly a little over “three-quarters…” my equivalent to “half a cup.”  Whatever. It worked.

Even though it all took significant amounts of work & got a little silly along the way, I finally, at 9:14 at night (yeah, I’m on central time), managed to get a delicious home-cooked (sort of) sick food dinner.

WE ARE…off to finally eat & watch SHARK WEEK!

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Dorm Cooking: Toasted Egg & Cheese Sandwich

11 Jul

Cooking in a dorm room, by default, complicates very simple meals.  For example, an egg & cheese sandwich…something pretty basic that might not, under normal circumstances, have ever been featured on this blog.  I take for granted the simplicity of cooking this meal pretty regularly at home.  Egg & cheese sandwiches are delicious, and there are so many options to explore, but for the purposes of this post, we’re focusing on how to do it, dorm-style.

First off, I am lucky enough to have had my mom send me our GT Xpress Cooker, which although heavily criticized for cooking at home, is actually an awesome tool to have in the dorm.  This thing can do a lot of cooking tasks, like cook eggs, obviously (great for omelets actually), muffins/cakes & even chicken (although from experience you should use it next to an open window to avoid setting of smoke detectors!).

So, since I have the old version, my cooker is broken into two half-circle wells, which work quite well for cooking a perfect over-easyor fried egg.  I added some butter to the well & let it melt, then cracked my egg right in & sprinkled with salt & pepper.

 

Close the lid and wait appx. 3 minutes and you have yourself a perfectly cooked egg!  That in itself is a pretty good dorm meal (and better than cooking eggs in the microwave…ew.)

I also utilized my panini press to finish off the sandwich by laying buttered bread, topped with cheese and then the egg on the panini press.  Close the lid and wait appx. another 3 minutes and voila! A delicious, hot egg sandwich is ready for you to take to work or class in less than 10 minutes!

Yummy egg sandwich!

WE ARE…hopefully helping all you dorm kids get a break from campus dining!