Phoebe is a co-founder of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. She graduated from Brown University in 2007 with a BA in Urban Studies, which she has clearly made excellent use of in her current career. At the time, she lived in a ramshackle off-campus house with seven girls, and numerous other housemates, also known as vermin. Today, Phoebe lives in Flatiron, with one of her old college housemates, Caitlin, and she loves hosting dinner parties, no matter how large.

Favorite Dining Hall Food: Chicken Finger Friday!

Best Party Theme: Middle School (think NSync, camp T-shirts, and braces)

Late-Night Indulgence: Cecilia’s Deep Dish Pizza (ordered by the pie, not slice)

Greatest Kitchen Disaster: Shattering an entire Pyrex pan while making Passover Brisket.

Tastiest Travel Experience: Gubbio, Italy. Truffles are a specialty in this little Umbrian town, and I had a 5-course lunch where instead of coming around with fresh Parmesan to grate on top of your dish, they offered shaved truffles.

The Eaters Among Us: Top Chef Tiffany Derry


If you’re as big a Top Chef junkie as I am, Tiffany Derry has paid your living room multiple visits, and made you very very hungry. The alum of Season 7 and Top Chef All-Stars is best known for her booming laugh, perfectly executed seafood and southern specialties, and for her “don’t mess with Texas” attitude in the kitchen. After all, not every chef has the guts to serve Tom Colicchio okra.

I was lucky enough to dine with Tiffany at Le Bernardin (!!!) while she was in New York spreading the good word about Sargento cheese, and catching up …


Giveaway: Dormify Sorority Pillow For Rush Season


Giveaway Closed: 2/16/12

Second semester is underway, which for some not only means shopping for new classes and textbooks, but new friends too. That’s right ladies, it’s rush season!!

We don’t talk a lot about Greek life here at SKC, though our acronym could qualify us as some sort of co-ed food frat of our own. But there’s no denying that rush season plays a huge role in college life, and food certainly comes into play when you’re trying to make a good first impression. Think healthy finger foods, strategic snacking, and the avoidance of bad breath at all …


Giveaway: Slow Cooker Winner!


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in last week’s slow cooker challenge! We had such fun reading about all of your creative recipes, and we’re thrilled to be able to give one of you a brand new Delonghi slow cooker, courtesy of Big Kitchen.

Congrats to…Shavron! Here’s the comment:

My favorite recipe is a macaroni and cheese recipe that I found on Pinterest! It has turned into a family favorite!! It is creamy, cheesy, & just plan delicious. It can be found here: I added a thing of cream cheese

We can’t wait to …


The Slow Cooker Challenge (and Giveaway!)


It’s Slow Cooker Week here on Small Kitchen College!

All week long, we’re teaming up with Kelsey Banfield, aka The Naptime Chef, and of course Big Girls, Small Kitchen to bring you the first ever Slow Cooker Challenge. You might ask: what do college cooks and moms like Kelsey have in common? Answer: they’re BUSY.

We here at SKC and BGSK are big believers in the power of the slow cooker. Whether you’re making a comforting stew on Monday to last the whole week, or creating a flavorful base for a creative cocktail, the slow cooker lets you cook …


The Eaters Among Us: Joan Nathan on Food, France, and Hanukkah


Joan Nathan is truly the mother of Jewish cooking. She’s written 10 cookbooks on the subject, including the venerable tome Jewish Cooking in America, and her latest Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. So when I started thinking about the food and guides we wanted to feature on BGSK for Hanukkah, her name naturally came to mind.

I was lucky to be able to chat with Joan and ask her all our Hanukkah cooking, entertaining, and gifting queries. We talked about her favorite edible presents and how to get your home to not …


Giveaway: Thursdays DIY Hairclip and Tote Bag

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**Giveaway Closed: 12/8/11*

Today’s giveaway comes from fellow food bloggers Colleen and Stephania, who co-founded Thursday Night Dinner, a site dedicated to getting together with your friends, cooking, crafting, and having fun. All things we believe in here at SKC!

Since we fancy ourselves apt DIY-ers, especially where dining hall cuisine is concerned, the crafting element of the Thursdays mission, in addition to the good food and friends, is something we really get behind. Thursdays recently added a shop full of ready-made crafting kits that you can order and assemble with your friends–the perfect procrastination activity before finals …


-Free Food: Gluten-Free Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Ricotta


Real spaghetti presents some issues for my gluten-free lifestyle, and unfortunately, my boyfriend Josh is getting a little sick of the fake stuff. So I recently started thinking about Jordana’s spaghetti squash—her specialty, topped with tomato sauce and ricotta like real spaghetti—as my new solution to pasta cravings.

See, Jordana is kind of the weak cooking link at Mag Club. But there was one Mag Club, about a year ago I’d say, when Jordana served us an unprecedented homemade dish. And of the three years’ worth of dishes we’ve consumed, it was one of the more memorable. It was delicious, of course, but the dish sticks with me because a) it was cooked by Jordana, and b) it was spaghetti squash, something that, at the time, I had never cooked myself.


The Eaters Among Us: Marcus Samuelsson Loves His Veggies (and His Ramen!)

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Marcus Samuelsson is the owner of Red Rooster up in Harlem, co-founder of The Food, and, yes, an official Top Chef Master. He’s also recently become a spokesperson for the new Birds Eye “It’s always veggie season” campaign. That’s where I come in. A few weeks ago I caught up with Marcus at the Birds Eye launch event in Union Square, where they turned the turf of our weekly Green Market into a branded “snow” garden. Growing up in Sweden, and then heading off to culinary school at a young age, Marcus didn’t necessarily have the typical American college …


Giveaway: Mini Weber Grill For Tailgating Season!


**Giveaway Closed 10/4/11**

It’s tailgating week on SKC! That means football, beer, and pretty much anything that can go on a grill…which brings us to another giveaway! For those of you who are well practiced in the art of tailgating, lugging the old charcoal grill in the trunk of your car is no big deal. But for the rest of us, there’s the Weber Q100, an extremely portable and extremely awesome grill that will make your tailgating dreams come true.

To get in the proper tailgate spirit, and for a chance to win a new Weber grill, comment below!


Giveaway: Keurig Coffee Maker Pick-Me-Up!

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It’s back-to-school season here at Small Kitchen College, and we want to make sure you’re in tip top shape when classes start. And by tip top shape, we mean highly caffeinated. Even though many of us were waking up at 8am for our summer internships, our bodies just can’t seem to adjust to morning classes and the energy they require–so much more than 8 hours of googling.

Even with our bang for your buck coffee wisdom, buying an Americano every morning can get pricey. Luckily, our friends over at Keurig have just come out with a cute MINI plus