This isn’t my first experience with blogging. My first trial was an educationally mandated attempt, which ended with no followers and a few boring posts about my experiences cruising the Caribbean on Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships. Because the blog was required for a class, I approached it as a homework assignment and not as a way to express my interests. Yes, I do love taking cruises, but it was depressing to write about vacations on the seven seas while sitting in a landlocked dorm room in Gainesville.
Therefore, this time will be different. As many of my friends and family members know, I love to cook. Baking is another story, but I’ll save that for a later post. Experimenting with recipes, herbs, flavors and new ingredients is my therapy after an exhausting day filled with schoolwork and extra-curricular responsibilities.
However, I am not Julia Child, Rachel Ray or Giada De Laurentiis. Let’s be realistic. My resources are limited. I live in a 9.5-by-10.5 single dorm room and cook most of my food in a small kitchen shared by about 50 girls. I love dorm life, but waiting to use the stove, sink or oven can be annoying. Thus, most of my meals are quick-cooking, easy and affordable. Remember – I am a poor college student who is trying to save money for law school.
Thus, I hope this blog inspires my fellow collegians and collegians at heart to learn the basics of cooking your own grub. I plan to include descriptions and pictures of my favorite recipes, but I will also try new ones along the way. Most of these experiments will come from cookbooks published over the years by the University Press of Florida. Titles on the lineup include Football Food, The American Beach Cookbook and The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook.
Whether you’re 20 or 40, cooking is an important life skill. It’s not hard, and once you learn, I promise that you will only settle for processed, pre-packaged food when you’re really in a time crunch. Besides, prepared foods and meal plans can be expensive.
I cannot wait to start posting about my adventures in dorm cooking, and I hope you decide to take this journey with me.
Until next time,