What is in My Pantry?

Everyone has those foods we can’t go a week without. Those ingredients that always make it back on our lists of things we need to pick up at the store on a monthly (if not weekly) basis. Although I don’t have as much space in my dorm for a ton of ingredients and food, I always have the basics. If I need something extra, I can go out and get the smallest container available so that it doesn’t go bad waiting to be used again. Here is my grocery list of must haves that get me through my week of tests, homework, classes, work, and late nights.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Irish Scones

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be behind your back, and may your St. Patrick ’s Day be filled with drinks, friends, and good food. March 17th is the day that everyone is Irish, and we all can come together and celebrate. My grandparents came to America from Ireland when they were about my age, so St. Patrick ’s Day has always been prominent in my household.

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Garlic Wreath Bread

In my family, everyone loves to cook with the exception of my younger brother. My dad has really taken on the chef role for several years now, and is always working on his bread recipes. From homemade soft pretzels, to pizza crust, to no knead bread, my dad does it all! This recipe is one of his more recent creations that he made for my last night home for spring break. It tastes even better than it looks, and would be a great item to bring or serve at a party or get together if you are trying to impress a crowd. The fancy shape of the bread is actually very easy to accomplish, and can be done with any combination of bread and filling recipes. So without further ado…

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Valentine’s Day New York Strip Steak Dinner

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s day is a good excuse to have some good food, eat a ton of chocolate, and enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. Even if you’re single, you and your friends can always go out for dinner together and then treat yourselves the following day to all the half priced candy. This option is just as good as a date if you ask me.

If you do have a date, there are too main options for dinner: buy it or make it. While both are enjoyable, I have always liked the experience of interacting with your date and making the meal together. Plus, it has the added bonus of being about half the price of going out to a steakhouse. Keeping it classic, this year we made a steak and asparagus dinner.


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Basic Cooking Tips for One and All

Although cooking comes naturally to me, there are many people that simply struggle when it comes to kitchen skills. Being able to cook for yourself and for others is not only healthier, but significantly cheaper as well. Cooking a dinner for your friends, family, or someone special is a great way to bring people together! Unfortunately this doesn’t make culinary skills any easier, so without further ado:

Here are some beginners level cooking and baking tips anyone can use while in the kitchen:

• Let pans and ovens preheat all the way before using them. This allows for even cooking.

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