Recipe Maverick

Cooking for the Busy and Broke

           As a college student who loves to cook, I’ve had some problems with many traditional recipes: often, they were written with large families in mind, and produce far more food than I can eat all by myself. They also tend to require more time and ingredients than I can afford. I've been a picky eater all my life, despite many attempts by my parents to "cure" me. For this reason, cooking has become an important part of who I am. After a childhood of being forced to eat all sorts of things I didn't like, the power to control what I eat is now in my hands, and with great power comes great responsibility. Eating well means so much more than just satisfying nutritional requirements, or just satisfying the taste buds. To truly eat well, one must be nourished not just in the body, but in the soul. A great meal can save a day from being a bad one. No matter what else goes wrong, as long as there's good, wholesome food to eat and someone to cook it, something must be going right. These are tried-and-true recipes intended for those who, like me, do a lot of cooking for one, and who believe that this is no reason the meal can't be a great one. 

              This is cooking for the busy and broke. Take it from me-I am both busy and broke. Nevertheless, I am unwilling to resign myself to a diet of ramen noodles three meals a day. There's a better way! Cooking, really cooking, does not have to be a laborious process. Nor does it have to be a pretentious one. There will be no talk of caviar on this here blog-because honestly, who wants to shell out to eat fish eggs on crackers? I won't throw any ridiculously complicated techniques at you, either, because I don't actually know any. The goal here is not to show off my cooking prowess, but to get good food on your table STARTING NOW. Happy Cooking!

-Emma Barker

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