Category: Cooking In College

August 26, 2014 Valerie Hudson

Cooking column 2Ingredients

Packet of Top ramen noodles
Chicken broth
Desired veggies: personally I like the boxes you microwave that already have some kind of sauce/seasoning, but any kind will work


The first week of classes while exciting can leave one feeling exhausted and hungry yet unwilling to put in the effort to cook an elaborate meal. Never fear this quick and easy recipe for chicken yakisoba is not only quick and easy but it’s also friendly on the wallet.

Cooking columnStart by boiling a packet of the ramen noodles in full can of chicken broth Add chicken and veggies to the pot, its best to make sure the chicken and veggies are cooked the way you prefer before adding them to the noodles.

Allow to boil just enough to combine ingredients and heat them all the way through.

Optional: add a drizzle of or stir in your favorite sauces like yoshida sauce (my favorite is the original), sirracha, sesame oil or soy sauce.

This quick and easy meal is not only easy to make for one but can also be made for a crowd as well.

Happy eating!

July 22, 2014 Jenna! Roosdett

Some people have complained about how expensive salads are on campus and how annoying they are to transport to class, so I thought I’d share a little tale of the salad-who-could. This little salad started its life in a Mason jar. He didn’t understand the way he was built, as his dressing did not dissolve the leafy greens he contained and he was left uneaten for days. Yet, his 20-ounce jar was his home. On that day that he was the chosen one, he did take much delight in the foretold “shakening” and let all parts of himself delight in the dance of the Salad Toss.



One can make up to five days’ worth of lunches at one time with this recipe. To start, one will need a few 20 ounce self-sealing Mason jars, which can be found at most grocery stores. Then gather your preferred ingredients.

The trick is to make a parfait of your favorite dressing, juicy veggies and hearty bits, meat that can be served cold, some type of cheese, leafy greens, and pretty much whatever else you want in there. Just make sure they’re added to the jar in the order shown below. For larger items, make sure you cut them into cubes or wedges for optimal edibility. The best part of this recipe is that you can make so many different variations depending on your preferences!

Seal, keep refrigerated and when the time comes, shake that sucker up and enjoy!



Layer 1: Your choice of dressing — about a quarter-inch high when poured into the bottom of the jar. Add or subtract the amount based on your dressing habits.

Layer 2: Heartier bits and juicy veggies — tomatoes, pickles, olives, beans, chickpeas, etc.

Layer 3: Meats — salami, pepperoni, imitation crab, ham or pretty much whatever won’t need to be heated!

Layer 4: Cheeses — grated parmesan, pepper jack cubes, crumbled feta, etc.

Layer 5: Leafy greens — spring mix, spinach, iceberg, etc. This layer should take up about half of the jar and must not be tightly packed.

Layer 6: Light toppings — bacon bits, croutons, anything that won’t weigh the greens down.

June 10, 2014 Jenna! Roosdett

Prep Time 30-45 minutes Servings 4-8 Ingredients 1 Boboli premade pizza crust OR ~3 loaves of flatbread ~0.75 lbs of ground beef ~4 oz. shredded Mexican cheese 1 small can of sliced black olives 0.5 can refried beans 0.5 cup green onions, diced 0.5 white onion, diced Pkg of taco seasoning Sour cream (optional) Salsa…

April 8, 2014 Suhaila Brunelle

It’s a well-known saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Despite this, many people skip breakfast for different reasons. Some may want a few extra minutes of sleep, while others skip breakfast believing it will help them lose weight.According to the Mayo Clinic, skipping breakfast has more bad consequences than good….

March 26, 2014 Suhaila Brunelle

I’m usually a very creative cook and enjoy trying new techniques and recipes, but between school and work lately, cooking has taken a back seat. During spring break, my best friend came over to the apartment, so I decided to cook for her and decided on brunch. Brunch is something I’ve had before on holidays…

March 4, 2014 Valerie Hudson

Pizza is a wildly addictive confection. But ordering pizza every time you get a craving can cost exorbitant amounts, only for the pizza to arrive cold and flavorless. A great solution to this dilemma is to make pizza at home the semi-homemade way. Contrary to popular belief, it is unnecessary to spend an arm and…

February 4, 2014 Tim Brown

Sushi is a delicate spectacle that balances presentation with delicate flavors. While quietly sitting at the bar of a sushi restaurant, one can watch the practice that goes into every plate. Sushi should be made by the masters of the craft.

January 28, 2014 Valerie Hudson

Comfort food is wonderful for bitter winters, whether it is a heaping bowl of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream or a thick Philly cheesesteak sandwich. However, the problem becomes how to settle those cravings in a healthy way.

Alaska Family Medical Center suggests that small healthy changes today could lead to trimming of hundreds of calories each day.

December 10, 2013 Jenna! Roosdett

Since it’s finals week and you’re probably too busy to cook up food right now, you might as well whip some jalapeno cheese dip together in order to get your snack on. If you’ve finished finals already, this is the best dip for your after-finals party.

November 26, 2013 Kayla McGraw

The snow has finally fallen and the daylight is short. For many, the winter can hit hard, but with the snow and chilly weather also comes the holidays. Holiday cooking fills the air with sweet familiar spices and bold seasonal flavors.

November 21, 2013 George Hyde

With the cold Alaska winter of 2013 underway, hot foods are becoming more and more popular. One potent and simple winter classic is nice, hot soup. It’s delicious and warms the body in some of the most satisfying ways possible.

October 29, 2013 Nita Mauigoa

Love, sex, drugs and fondue were just some of the themes that bounced around in the ‘70s.

Keep Halloween goodies drug-free yet psychedelic with a colorful array of exotic fruits drenched in warm caramel fondue.

October 16, 2013 Tim Brown

This one goes out to the breakfast hounds out there. The notion of slashing a baguettes into shiploads of breakfast ‘nom was foreign to me only until recently. Then this rendition of baked egg boats from the food blog Spoon Fork Bacon popped up on Tumblr.

October 1, 2013 Jenna! Roosdett

If you’ve ever tried the fried pickles from Buffalo Wild Wings, you know they’re amazingly delicious. Making them yourself is much cheaper and a fair amount more healthy, too! Pickle lovers be warned: You might want to make more if you plan on sharing a batch with more than two other people.

September 24, 2013 George Hyde

We all like cookies. At least, I hope we all do. Anyway, if you somehow have an irrational fear of ovens and bakeries but no fear of stovetops, have I got just the treat for you! Aptly named “no-bake” cookies, they’re well known but rarely seen, for some odd reason.

September 10, 2013 Tim Brown

Burger and pineapple is a simple recipe for flavorful hamburgers with cooked fruit. Pineapple is a natural source of essential nutrients and an ideal addition to marinades.

August 27, 2013 Kayla McGraw

Banana bread is always a good way to use old bananas lying around on the countertop. Finding a traditional recipe is quick and easy. It doesn’t take long to whip up, and it tastes great. The simplicity of this recipe makes it easy to add new ingredients. Like many dessert breads, you can add sour…

June 25, 2013 Nita Mauigoa

Students can retreat from the sweltering heat with this breezy salad, as cool as the sands after sunset.

The avocado melts in your mouth as the contrasting burst and snap of the macadamia nuts lends texture.

June 11, 2013 Ashley Snyder

Looking for a fun, easy, and fantastic tasting meal? Then check out this recipe for stuffed peppers which can be made with or without beef for vegetarians.

March 6, 2013 Heather Hamilton

Everyone has at least one woman in their life that has influenced and guided them. For many it’s their mother, for others their grandmother, sister, wife or even just a friend. If you’re not much of a cook, but want to treat some special lady in your life to a home-cooked meal, here’s an easy recipe that is sure to impress.

February 27, 2013 Web Editor

College should not only be about book knowledge, but should also teach practical knowledge about how to make life easier. I offer this solution: invest in a slow cooker.This recipe is easy and leaves plenty of leftovers for lazy days on the weekend. A total of $9.70 was spent on this recipe, and the only thing purchased at the store was beef.

February 21, 2013 Web Editor

It started as a humble dish in southern Italy, a succulent combination of eggplant, cheese and tomato. It travelled the world via the seven seas and landed in Australia sometime in the 1960s. Australians, of course, immediately bastardized the Italian version of this meal. Not only was the original vegetarian wholesomeness forever changed when the…