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

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.

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  1. Simple:

    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.
    Brownies.
    Pound Cake.

    Advanced:

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

    1. 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. 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
        Kreatopitta
        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

          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. 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. 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
            brownies

            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
            biscuits
            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)

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