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Old 09-05-2008, 03:33 AM   #1
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Dorm cooking!

Hello, I was wondering what I can make in my dorm. I only have a microwave and rice cooker steamer (not really supposed to have that though xD).

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Old 09-05-2008, 05:40 AM   #2
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goodness you have the world in front of you if you have both of those.......we had ZIPPO in college........they had a kitchen you could use but it only contained a hot plate and a fridge.......and the lovely dorm mates that I had would steal anything that wasn't nailed down.....UNTIL Kicker Pam came along and kicked butt literally......she got so tired of her food walking away that she went home one weekend and brought back some delicious brownies.....you know what's coming next.....she put them in the fridge with a note not to touch........3 girls who were roomies went to the quack shack in the morning with severe diarrhea.........too funny.....oh, and the brownies seemed to have walked away in the meantime.........kicker Pam was something else.....she'd walk into the hallway and shout "Howdy, d.........it!"
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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What are you allowed to have? Do you have a Kitchenette? Do you least have a sink you can wash dishes/cookware with? There are a lot of ways to cook with "electric only" kitchenettes. Electric skillets, crockpots, toaster ovens, electric woks, etc.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:33 AM   #4
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Theres no kitchen technically we aren't even allowed to have a microwave I do have a sink because the bathroom is connected to my room
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:43 AM   #5
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Are you on a meal plan? If not, you should really go get a book on cooking in the microwave. It will give you recipes that include the protein you need.

If you are on a meal plan but looking for a few extras ... I always loved nuking some black beans then mixing them with brown rice, salsa and some sour cream. I also loved dumping a can of vegetable soup into rice and eating like stew (not low in sodium but a good treat at 11:00 after studying). If your rice cooker has a steamer basket on top, you can steam some fish (think No-Name Salmon) while your rice cooks. I also liked browned hamburger (you can do it in the microwave) stirred into rice with cheese and soy sauce. Just a few ideas ... not super creative but tastey.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:09 AM   #6
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You can make stuff like this. Skirt Steak Sandwich

Swap the skirt steak for some roast beef from a deli and use jarred peppers. Arrange the roast beef on a plate the shape of your bread and top with swiss. Microwave for a few seconds until the cheese is melted then build the sammy.

You can break down those roasted chickens at the supermarket for different dishes too. Just try to focus on different ingredients.

Can you have a toaster? (probobly not)
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:12 AM   #7
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I think, too, it depends on when your dorm was built as to what they will allow appliance-wise....do NOT ever leave an elecrical appliance on while you're gone.....you should be there at all times.......my dorm was built at the turn of the century.......there probably was a reason they didn't want us having electrical appliances.....overloading the circuits is not a smart thing to do........
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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Holy Cow! You're at UCLA now! You have been missed!
Nice to have you back!
I remember that you were pretty knowledgeable in food.
Hey -
Can you sneak one of those little fridges into your dorm room?
You're not originally from CA, right? Do any of your school friends have parents that live nearby? Here's what I'm thinking. You could ask if you could do some freezer-type cooking, and keep your meals in their freezer. Then, when you need something, you can pick it up every few days, keep it in your fridge and then microwave it.
For use of their kitchen/freezer, you make extra meals for the family to use.
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Congrats on UCLA, although out of state tuition is a pain the ***. Look on one of those recipe sites like allrecipes.com. They have tons of microwave recipes, or you can even pick up cookbooks that focus strictly on microwave recipes. In fact, the same can be done for cooking in a rice cooker.

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Old 09-05-2008, 04:34 PM   #10
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Gee, IC, you didn't attend USC, did you?
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