It’s 11am on a Sunday morning, and you feel like death. But why: perhaps too much Absolut? Oh, who are we kidding—Karkov. Regardless, you simultaneously feel nauseous and in dire need of a round at IHOP. When you’re off meal plan and the hallowed Sunday Ratty Brunch can no longer take place, what’s next? Two words: banana bread.
The first thing you have to learn about living off campus and preparing meals for yourself – instead of relying on Gate pizza – is that you must always have a stocked pantry. My roommates have asked me on numerous occasions how I always have the ingredients for dishes I prepare without having to go to the grocery store every time, and my answer is always the same: spend a lot of money buying staples in one trip so you never have to do it again. This way, when your stomach feels like it’s going to turn inside out and your head feels like the venue for a vicious game of dodgeball, you don’t have to leave the apartment (or dorm, if you swing that way) to make a heavenly batch of pancakes, some sinfully delicious cookies, or some banana bread that will bring all the boys to the yard. So, what does this essential first grocery trip look like? [Read more →]