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4 Fool-Proof Recipes for the College-Bound (or Anyone Else)

Photography By Alfredo Añez | Last Updated July 01, 2015
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A.J. Roca tested recipes for college-bound students
STUDENT APPROVED: A.J. Roca, tested these recipes – making them and eating, too..

If you’re new to cooking, don’t fret. You can make these tried-and-true basics with limited equipment and space.

Off to College?

These essentials depend on your tastes, space and budget. Many can be found in thrift shops or garage sales. Family and friends of college-bound students, take note: These make practical going-away gifts.

Kitchen Essentials
□ Knife and cutting board
□ Skillet
□ Pot with a colander inside
□ Y-shaped peeler
□ Nesting bowls
□ Small roasting pan
□ Can opener
□ Wooden or bamboo spoons
□ Coffee maker or tea kettle

Pantry Staples
□ Kosher salt
□ Pepper/grinder
□ Extra-virgin olive oil
□ Red wine vinegar
□ Local honey

How to Cook Everything: Basics, Mark Bittman (Book or app)
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, Leanne Brown (
This cookbook, with healthy, easy-to-prepare, inexpensive recipes, is available in print or as a free download.
□ Family favorites: Write, scan or photocopy recipes on 3x5 cards (old-school), in a journal, or create a digital version, saving as a PDF.

On-campus Shopping

Look for weekly farmers markets on campus for fresh, local produce and prepared foods. These markets are open during the school year.

University of Miami, between student center and library
Wednesdays, 9-3
Nova Southeastern University, at the public library
Wednesdays, noon-5
FIU, behind the Green Library
Wednesdays, 9-2

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken
This chicken uses a simple brine that makes it especially juicy and flavorful. You can make this with chicken parts, too – just reduce the cooking time to 40 minutes. For variations, add fresh herbs...

Roast Vegetables

Roast Vegetables
Use whatever you find at the farmers market and mix and match accordingly. Cooking time depends on the vegetable. The smaller you chop them, the faster they will cook. Whichever size you use, make...

Pasta with Tomato and Onion Sauce

Pasta with Tomato and Onion Sauce
When Italian cooking maestra Marcella Hazan died in 2013, this was the most-shared recipe by her fans – perhaps because it captures the simple elegance and unfussiness of Italian cooking. This...

Chartreuse Salad

Chartreuse Salad
This recipe, from chef Melanie Stewart at Whole Foods Market North Miami, makes a gorgeous all-green salad. Change the ingredients based on what’s fresh and in season.
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