Make Use of Your Dorm Kitchen


  • Cooking in the dorms
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Suggestions for Campus Dining

Cooking in the Dorms

If you despise dining in the campus restaurants, an alternative option is cooking in your dorm kitchens!  It can be easy, fast, and at a low price.  My roommates and I were tired of always getting food at VG’s or Metro, so we decided to test out the kitchen one night.

Homemade popcorn! All you need are popcorn kernels, oil, and a pot with a lid.

We made a lot of popcorn which can be a healthy snack (homemade), and is easy to make!  We only ran into two  problems.  One, the kitchen didn’t have any pots with proper lids, so we had to improvise and use another pot as a lid.  Second of all, the fan didn’t work.  It was getting a little stuffy in the kitchen so we turned on the stove fan.  All it did was spread oil around the room which irritated our eyes.

The kitchens for the most part are perfect for a break from campus dining.  I have seen residents baking, cooking, and storing things for later in the large refrigerator/freezer.

Valentine’s Day

Today was Valentine’s Day, and a lot of students wanted to make it special for others.  First years J.J. Grube, Kelsey Kiley, and one of their friends decided to bake cookies for one of their friends in the dorms.


Kelsey Kiley and J.J. Grube baking cookies.

The trio went to the Campus Market and bought some “break and bake” cookies.

Immaculate Brand cookies from the Campus Market.

Baking with cookie dough like this is so simple anyone is capable of doing it.  It’s literally just placing it on the cookie sheet and it’s ready to bake.  

Other ideas to consider besides baking cookies are baking cupcakes, cooking pasta, heating up soup from a can, or making popcorn like I attempted to.

Ideas for Campus Dining

I asked Kelsey Kiley and J.J. Grube if they had any ideas or suggestions on how to improve Campus Dining. Kelsey and J.J. both said campus restaurants need VARIETY!  “I feel like I can only have pasta, a sandwich, or a salad.  They need more variety each night and within each station.  If they switched it up it would be better,” said Kiley.

“It sucks that you have to meet a quota for each meal and the number of meals each week or day. ” -J.J. Grube

Grube said he doesn’t like how we have a certain number of meals assigned to us, and each meal has a certain price limit.  In addition to that, not every place takes meals.  If the dining restaurants were to just take money you wouldn’t have to count meals, and it would give more variety.

Would you like to have unlimited meals everyday?


2 responses to this post.

  1. Homemade popcorn sounds like fun to make. Good writing and I use of tone!


  2. Posted by maggiekaiserman on February 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I liked how you improvised with dorm cooking, it was funny to read.


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