Dorm Cookin’


Gabrielle Reyes

The photo shows a couple of items on the recipe. Instead of sundried tomatos, the writer used fresh grape tomatpes instead.

Gabrielle Reyes, Features Editor

In this weeks of dorm cookin’, we gathered some easy recipes you can share with your valentine or to just eat for yourself. Remember, these recipes require no stove, crock pot or anything you wouldn’t have in a dorm.Enjoy! 

Cupid’s Pesto Chicken Pasta


1 cup of penne pasta 

½ cup cooked chicken strips 

½ cup spinach 

¼ cup sun dried tomatoes 

2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese   

4 tablespoons of pesto sauce

Place your pasta in a microwaveable bowl with water that covers the top of the pasta. Microwave it for about 6 minutes. Check how the pasta feels without burning yourself. If it is soft, it is ready. Drain your pasta. Stir in your pesto. You can buy pesto in the same aisle of the grocery store where you find the other sauces. Make sure all of the pasta is coated.

 Add in the tomatoes, spinach, and chicken. Microwave for another 30 – 45 seconds. Stir and microwave until the spinach is all shriveled. Lastly, stir in the cheese. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. You are now ready for your date. 

This recipe has many ingredits that you can substitue for other items. If you wish to make it without the chicken, adding white beans and be a nice substitue for this recipe. This recipe is also great with other vegetables. Bell peppers,onion, and kale are all good substituee or additions to this reipe that can make it more delicious. 

Lovers Tirimisu 


1 13.5 to 16-ounce pound cake in halves lengthwise

¾ cup of brewed espresso 

8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened

1.25 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 pint (16 ounces) heavy whipping cream

about 1/4 cup of unsweetened natural cocoa powder 

 Now that you are finished with your entree, it is time for dessert. In a square dish, lather it lightly with nonstick oil. Start to cut the pound cake in halves lengthwise. It should be in two pieces. Place the first half in the pan. Drizzle some of the espresso on  top of the cake. 

In a large bowl, add the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and confectioners sugar. Mix them together until stiff. Add this mix as a layer to your cake. You can make this layer thin or thick. It is to your liking. Place the second layer of cake on top. Poke small holes with a toothpick to make sure the coffee is absorbed. Repeat the process of adding the coffee and cream layer. 

Once you’re done, place in the fridge for all of the flavors to absorb and hold. Let it chill for about 2 hours. Once you are ready to eat it, sprinkle some of the cocoa powder on top and enjoy! This will be a delicious ending to your Valentine’s Day. 

This recipe might seem tedious. However, if you plan to make this for a sweetheart, it can make for the perfect date. Cooking with a significant other can be very romantic.