Posted September 17, 2012 by Cooper Point Journal in Campus Life

Dorm Recipes

Back in the day, there used to be ovens in the freshman dorms. Now, cooking has to get a little more creative. Try out these dorm room friendly recipes based on what kind of appliances you have on hand. 

With a microwave
Mug Cake

4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tbsp. milk
3 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. chocolate chips
1 tiny splash of vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)
First, be absolutely sure you’re measuring your ingredients precisely. Combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder in your mug. In a secondary mug, break and beat the egg. Measure 2 tablespoons of beaten egg, and mix that into the dry ingredients with the milk, oil, chocolate chips, and flavoring. Make sure the cake batter is thoroughly mixed. Nuke for 3 minutes.

With a Crock-Pot and a hot plate
Peanut Beef Curry

1 lb beef
1 onion
2 potatoes
1 can coconut milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp. curry powder
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 cups beef broth
Chop the onion and potatoes and put them in the crock pot. Cut the beef into small cubes, and then cook it on the hot plate until it’s browned on all sides. Toss the beef in the Crock-Pot. Then prepare the peanut curry sauce on the hot plate by combining the coconut milk, peanut butter, curry powder, and brown sugar, stirring until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Pour the curry sauce into the crock pot with the onion, potatoes, and beef. Pour in the beef broth. Turn the Crock-Pot to low heat. Let it slow cook for four to six hours.

With a toaster oven
Fingerling Potatoes

10 small or fingerling potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 pinch of salt
2 tsp rosemary
Cut all of the potatoes in half and place them in a mixing bowl. Stir in the salt and olive oil until the potatoes are evenly covered. Place the potatoes in a shallow baking pan, then sprinkle the rosemary on top. Bake in the toaster oven for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Rotate the baking pan halfway through baking to avoid burning on one side.

By Jane Adams