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what recipes would you include in a cookbook for a child going off to college.

Laurieso Jan 3, 2010 12:49 PM

I'm compiling a bunch of recipes for my daughter who is going off to college next fall and will eventually ,someday, move off campus. I have our favorites, but was wondering what recipes would you include.

  1. kasden Jan 3, 2010 08:41 PM

    What a great idea!!! I love to teach people to cook! Maybe in the beginning of the book you could dedicate a couple of pages on how to keep a well stocked kitchen so she can whip up a meal without having to go to the grocery store.

    I cook a lot on the weekends and transform the leftovers during the week. For example you could add recipes for things like roast chicken, then follow it up with recipes that use the leftovers like chicken fajitas, chicken salad, chicken quesadillas. Make a large batch of meatballs for spaghetti and meatballs, and use the rest for meatball subs. Whenever I make spaghetti sauce, lasagna or soup, I freeze individual servings to heat up when I don’t have time to cook.

    Some very simple dishes I always teach beginners: Chicken Parmesan, Fettuccine Alfredo (with chicken or shrimp), Curried Chicken (either Japanese or Thai Panang Curry), Stir fry with Black Bean sauce.

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    1. re: kasden
      mirage Jan 4, 2010 05:27 AM

      Also, basic instructions. I wasn't sure how much, really, my sons knew about cooking so I added basic instructions such as:

      How to roast peppers.
      How to roast garlic.
      Dried thyme is vile.
      How to measure peanut butter.
      How to soften brown sugar.
      Don't use margarine or other fake ingredients.
      Which oils to use for what type(s) of cooking. And how to use them.
      How to peel ginger.

      And more things along those lines. In addition, I gave them my best "basic" recipes and quite a few easy "company" type things. Both of my boys have thrown dinner parties in college.

      1. re: mirage
        Rasam Jan 4, 2010 06:10 AM

        In the same vein (i.e. basic "how to" skills), include Youtube links, or videotape yourself demonstrating the skills or making the dishes, and burn them a DVD or upload to a password protected part of youtube for your kids to access .....

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      brooklynkoshereater Jan 3, 2010 06:40 PM

      anything that can be made in a crock pot -

      1. n
        NomadHomebody Jan 3, 2010 06:01 PM

        I agree about roast chicken, bean soup, brownies.

        Things I ate a lot of in college:
        peanut sauce
        egg drop soup
        gussied up mac and cheese from a box (yogurt instead of milk, fresh pepper, arugula stirred in at the last minute, maybe nutritional yeast, parsley)
        bean soup

        things I'm incredibly glad I know how to make now:
        spicy greens
        pasta with greens
        eggs with greens
        pasta with mushroom cream sauce
        roast chicken
        simple spicy tomato sauce (a little oil in a pan, garlic and hot pepper, a can of tomatoes, herbs if you have them)
        mashed potatoes
        mashed potato pancakes
        roasted root vegetables
        big pot o' beans
        tacos from those beans
        easy salsa
        bread (I started with baguette, would now use the no-knead bread recipe)

        caramel sauce
        butterscotch sauce
        simple chocolate sauce (heavy cream; chocolate chips; heat, stir)
        pie crust
        chocolate cake and frosting
        cookies for Christmas, because it's part of my family's tradition

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          jenni49 Jan 3, 2010 02:36 PM

          Most college kids have limited time for cooking complicated dishes. i sent 2 sons to college with a slow cooker & assorted recipes for chili, soups & stews, chicken cacciatore & even baby back ribs with barbeque sauce. They were very popular at dinner time. A basic roasted new potatoes with butter & parsley was always an inexpensive dish to take to a pot luck.

          1. todao Jan 3, 2010 01:55 PM

            Chicken in Beer (not to be confused with beer can chicken - it's much different)
            Peppy Pork Soup
            Chicken Cheese Pancakes (or crepes)
            Lamb Stew (as well as beef stew and pork stew)
            Pulled pork enchiladas
            Stuffed french toast
            A variety of pasta dishes (Stuffed manicotti, Al Pomodoro E Basilico pasta, penne pasta with spinach and pine nuts {Giada De Lorentz recipe}, etc.)
            All of these are very easy for the novice cook but good enough to impress friends at dinner.

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            1. re: todao
              Rasam Jan 3, 2010 02:26 PM

              What food does she like and would be likely to begin cooking? Start with those and build variations on themes?

              Also, will she start off in a dorm (i.e. limited cooking facilities and space) and then move to an apartment (much more space and freedom).

              You might give her dishes / recipes for both scenarios ....

            2. mcf Jan 3, 2010 01:03 PM

              The most fun part of moving out and cooking was sharing it with others. So maybe economical stuff that feeds a crowd? Back in the stone ages, that meant lasagna, eggplant parm, pasta and meatballs, etc. There was a lot of experimenting with stir fry, but it was the early 70s and my ex was vegetarian. I think our kids have grown up with so much more sophistication and exposure to varied ethnic cuisines, in metro areas and well developed suburbs, anyway.

              1. shaogo Jan 3, 2010 01:00 PM


                How to roast a chicken.
                Hearty bean soup.
                Chili (don't all college kids love chili?).
                Deviled eggs (cheap, delicious and good for you).
                Meat loaf.
                Pound Cake.


                Coq Au Vin
                Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
                Tomato sauce for pasta
                Pie Crusts

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