• Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Griddlecakes [Intro to Cooking]

    Food is such a central part of Southern culture, and my childhood was a reflection of that. As I have established myself in a new city, I find that most of the memories I am making now are also centered around food: trying new restaurants, introducing new ingredients into my repertoire and spending some time each week working on material for this column!

  • Lemon Garlic Chicken with Simple Mashed Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus [Intro to Cooking]

    This week has been one of those weeks. You know the ones. The ones that leave you feeling used, abused, and wishing for your momma. Since I live in a different city than my mother, I, of course, turned to emotional eating to soothe my soul.

  • Steak Salad with Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette [Intro to Cooking]

    This week's recipe comes to you from the almost empty shelves of my fridge, from between a series of afternoon naps, and from a hankering for fresh greens. This is the first summer that I have been entirely in control of the food I eat, and as a result, my love for fresh vegetables has multiplied.

  • Make a Healthy BLT Ranch Pizza [Intro to Cooking]

    And to top it all off, this pizza is MUCH healthier than all others because it's not loaded with cheese and grease AND it's got some delicious veggies to keep you feeling light and fresh.

  • Intro to Cooking: Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

    Did you guys have a great Memorial Day weekend? I did. And by “I did,” I mean, I ate everything in sight. Just kidding, but it certainly feels like it. Nothing like a barbecue to remind you that it’s almost bikini season and you're not nearly ready to flash those abs.

  • Intro to Cooking: Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Salad

    As the end of May gets closer, I start to crave the summer foods of my childhood: potato salad, greasy hamburgers, funnel cakes, Push Pops... It can't just be me, right? However, a lot of those foods aren't exactly, um, healthy. To lighten things up a little bit, let's talk about fruit.

  • Intro to Cooking: Peanut Butter Noodles

    Peanut butter. Who doesn’t love to eat it on a spoon in front of the TV the stuff? Ever since we were little kids we ate peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and if your mom really loved you, those peanut butter crackers that came in the plastic wrappers

  • Intro to Cooking: Cheeseburger Casserole

    When the weather outside is frightful, there's only one that warms me up. And it's not a Snuggie. It's food. Warm, gooey, delicious comfort food, to be exact. And there's nothing warmer, gooier, deliciousier than Cheeseburger Casserole.

  • Intro to Cooking: Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers

    The problem with veggie burgers is that they either a) don't taste anything like burgers or b) are packed with a lot of preservative filler (meaning you get less nutrition at an already sub-par taste). Neither of those conditions are the case with this week's Intro to Cooking recipe, which will crush any other bun-filler contender.

  • Intro to Cooking: Sausage Stuffed Peppers

    For us real-life Italian Stallions, Columbus Day is as legit of a holiday as we're going to get). So, besides an extra night of shots at the bar, why not celebrate with an easy twist on an Italian favorite--sausage and peppers!

  • Intro to Cooking: Apple Crisp a la Mode!

    Early fall yields the best crop of apples, so there is no better time than right now to go apple picking! If you're planning an orchard getaway with friends, here's your handy guide to some of the most popular types of apples and our foolproof recipe for sweet and crunchy apple crisp!

  • Intro to Cooking: Grilled Shrimp Marinade

    Sometimes all you need to spruce up a dull salad or your run-of-the-mill Wednesday dinner is an ingredient swap. If chicken caesar has lost its bite, and you simply can't look at another plate of turkey and veggies without yawning, say hello to my leetle friend (sorry, had to!): shrimp!

  • Intro to Cooking: Low-Cal Spaghetti!

    Whether you're just settling in to your dorm or high-five-ing your way through the halls of your sorority house, a new school year is a ripe time for new resolutions.

  • Intro to Cooking: Sweet, Spicy, and Savory Corn!

    There are few culinary pleasures to match the first crunchy, buttery bite of a fresh ear of corn off the cob. And with each rich mouthful, you're taking in healthy doses of folate (to ward off heart disease, colon cancer and to prevent birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women), thiamin (for better memory), and pantothenic acid (which eases energy production under stress).

  • Intro to Cooking: Summer Seafood & Potato-Crusted Salmon

    The average collegiate cook can whip up a packet of Ramen like nobody's business. If she wants to get fancy, she could probably grill some chicken on the side. But seafood? Summer's ultimate entrée indulgence isn't exactly a regular on the typical sorority cookout menu.

  • Sexting 101 – Yes, It’s a Real Class

    Apparently ridiculous college courses are the new trend on campuses all over the world. I’d go so far as to call them “unnecessary,” but the 440 people who just enrolled in Potsdam University’s e-mail flirtation class would beat down my door (or fill my inbox...) in disagreement. Yes, you read that right- one German university is actually offering a master’s course on how to flirt via modern technology.

  • Intro to Cooking: Grilled Halloumi Cheese Sandwiches

    Happy Fourth of July! Hopefully you’re reading this not too far from a grille or barbecue, because they’re necessary for today’s recipe! Your mouth is probably already watering for hot dogs and burgers, but to give your holiday menu some kick, why not include this week’s ingredient—a personal favorite of mine: halloumi cheese!

  • Intro to Cooking: Cranberry Applesauce

    This Week's Ingredient: Cranberries! They're sweet. They're tart. They're harvested from bogs. And they're a deep, beautiful, fire-engine hue. If your only exposure to cranberries is in combination with their fermented partner, vodka, then you're totally missing out (not to mention that the "cranberry juice" served in bars is basically just sugar water).

  • Intro To Cooking: Oven Fries

    The edges are crispy and savory while the insides are soft and piping hot. They’re so much better than the fries you buy at the concession stand or a fast food restaurant, because they’re actually made from potatoes. They're easy to make and even easier to devour. Just writing this makes me want to whip up a batch and chow down. In my bed. While watching an ANTM marathon.

  • Intro to Cooking: Advice (and a Recipe) From an Expert

    College can be the greatest place on earth... that is, until the cash starts running low. And since right after you read this you are going to head to Urban Outfitters "just to look around", and you are bound to find that rug/lamp/'80s drinking game/hip wall art, and you just "absolutely have to have them all because they are all so cute and will go perfect in your room," you might not be the most frugal shopper on campus.

  • Intro To Cooking: Grandma’s Dessert Snack Mix

    Thanksgiving to New Year's (and the few days after when you're lying around attempting to kick the hangover) is pretty much the universal stuff-your-face time period. It’s suddenly acceptable to drink gallons of Starbucks holiday drinks and eat desserts like there's no tomorrow.

  • Intro To Cooking: Faux Cookie Dough

    Any type of cookie dough is a good type of cookie dough in my book. Cookie dough ice cream, homemade cookie dough, even store-bought Nestle cookie dough is delicious. Especially when eaten directly from the plastic tube with your fingers while watching old episodes of Sex and the City.

  • Intro To Cooking: Taco Salad On The Fly

    There’s really nothing better for a busy college girl than a dinner that tastes fantastic but took less than 15 minutes to make. Unfortunately, the two are almost mutually exclusive in my mind. I say “almost” because I can think of at least one notable exception: taco salad.

  • Intro to Cooking: Sweet Potato Fries

    It's simple: French fries are good but baked sweet potato fries are better! In every way, I might add. They satisfy junk food cravings without the grease and trans fat. And you can rest easy knowing they will be good to your shrinking Coach wallet at less than a dollar an order.

  • Do It Yourself Tuesdays: Romantic Dinner for Two

    It’s like your mom always said: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Even if you aren’t exactly Julia Child, you can still follow instructions, and that’s all you need to do to bust out a romantic dinner that’ll have him drooling for your food and bolting with you to the bedroom.