Food for Thought — Top College Food Blogs
by Jillian DOnfro | Syracuse University
We’ve all heard the same tired platitude time and again upon coming home from college over break — “So, how’s all that Ramen treating ya? [Insert self-amused chuckles here].”
Since we’re college kids, our parents, relatives and oh-so-clever neighbors expect that we’re surviving off a diet of noodles and microwave pizza. And hey, sometimes we are — remember midterms? But just because we’re young and poor doesn’t mean that we can’t get a little creative in the kitchen.
Food blogs offer inspiration for any student ready to bust out their proverbial chef’s hat and jump into cooking something that doesn’t travel straight from a plastic bag into the oven. The problem is, there are thousands of food blogs out there. So in an effort to save you more time in the kitchen, we’ve selected our top three favorites.
The name says it all. Two students bogged down with schoolwork, jobs, campus activities and having a social life prove that good food still has a place in a busy schedule. Check out this site for all sorts of simple recipes and even restaurant reviews for you Cali kids. These guys even help the less competent chefs out with how-tos on things like making a perfect hard boiled egg.
Top Picks: Hunger Games Dinner (yes, this is a thing), prosciutto-wrapped lamb burgers, Mediterranean meatballs, orange chocolate cookie pizza
A lack of money doesn’t have to mean a diet of canned vegetables. Loaded with cheap recipes and general food discussions, this humorous blog often attempts typically “gourmet” recipes — but substitutes super-expensive ingredients with options a little less high-end. It often has helpful special features, such as “How do you eat for a week for $50?”
Top Picks: Loaded smashed potatoes, cinnamon doughtnut muffins, shredded beef broccoli and cheese calzones
One peak at the pictures on this sassy and adorable blog should make your mouth water. From Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal to Pepperoni Pizza Nachos, the recipes are unique, fun, and relatively easy to make.
Top Picks: Cheesy enchilada fries, black bean and bacon burger, slow cooker BBQ beer pulled chicken, green eggs and ham on ciabiatta
With an artillery of solid food blogs to scroll through while avoiding your homework, you can start getting more creative in the kitchen, and finally learn how to use your blender for something besides margaritas.
But hey, just in case you really are subsisting solely on Ramen, we’ve got something for you too.Jillian D'Onfro is a NGJ Staff Writer and a a dual major in Magazine Journalism and Information Management and Technology at Syracuse University.