I am a classic over-planner. I inherited the compulsion to always say “yes” from my mom. So when the opportunity arose for me to host a blog launch dinner (manageable)… for 15 people (ermm)… a few days after moving into my brand new apartment (oh dear god)… during finals week (WHAT)… of course I was gung-ho.
If the preceding paragraph was too stressful for you to read, this blog is not for you. The First Kitchen documents my experience learning how to cook as a college student. This means: putting together a kitchen, eating (healthy) on a budget, and finding time to cook while triple-majoring, writing papers, working, studying, and reading constantly. And I’m starting from zero. My exposure to the world of cooking is quite limited. My mom (hi mom!) is an excellent cook, but unfortunately I spent more time eating her food than helping her cook it. Working at Sonic is the closest interaction I got with food preparation during high school. Bottom line: prepare yourself. Things might get ugly.
Luckily, the dinner was a huge success. The appetizers, pesto crostini and artichoke-olive crostini, were crowd favorites. The meal that followed was eggplant parmigiana on a bed of spaghetti and marinara sauce. Finally, we had dessert: apple pie coffee cake and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Though I had stressed about the night for the previous week and worked my ass off in the kitchen all day, it was wonderful to christen the new apartment with great friends, delicious food, and laughter. While I can’t promise every meal will be so wonderful, this one certainly was.
With the last few final paper deadlines approaching, the only food I’ll be consuming is microwaveable or in coffee form. But check back in a couple days and prepare to be wowed by Brianna’s tomato, spinach, and feta pasta!