End of Summer Foodie Bucket List

Collage


Summer is a big flirt.

It leads you on with its perfect evenings spent watching sunsets, cool nights spent listening to fireworks wrapped in a blanket and afternoons spent splashing in the cooling temperatures of the ocean.

It promises clam bakes, picnics and ice cream for breakfast.

It burns your skin, lightens your hair and lifts your mood.

It keeps you wondering what will tomorrow bring, and asks if the next day could possibly be any better than the present.

It has you wishing that you could freeze time and bottle those hours of sunshine and late nights under the …

Read More...

Cooking 101: Grilled Cheese

panino

No matter how big we get, we just can’t seem to shake our childlike love for grilled cheese. But, being in college means that sometimes you want to feel like a grown up…and sometimes you just wanna feel like a kid again. So, to satisfy both cravings equally, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on grilled cheese: plain, and fancy. You know, with pesto.

For even more varieties on one of our favorite sandwiches, check these out.

If you’re looking for more cooking basics, check out some of Phoebe and Cara’s other videos here.

Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine are

Read More...

Cooking 101: How to De-Kernel Corn

corn

As summer winds to a close, so does your precious window for corn. As much as we love this particular summer vegetable, we can’t deny it’s a little difficult to work with. Anyone who’s ever tried to remove those little yellow bites from their cob knows how prone they are to flying. We at SKC tend to find the kernels in every corner of our small kitchens after performing what should be a simple procedure–cutting kernels from the cob. So lucky for us, Phoebe perfected her technique, and found an easier, cleaner, all around better way to shave them …

Read More...

Cooking 101: How to Melt Chocolate

Chocolate2

It may sound simple, but if you make a ton of chocolate bark like we do, you’ll need to make sure you know how to properly melt your chocolate. Burnt chocolate is one of the many kitchen disasters you want to avoid–it isn’t pretty, and certainly isn’t tasty. And when you’re working in a small college kitchen, this is one of the easiest, most satisfying skills to have in your arsenal.

Check out Phoebe and Cara’s “prep school” video–no one wants to learn over the summer, but this is one class that’s definitely worth it.

Cara and Phoebe are

Read More...

How To: Eat on a Weekend Away with Friends

weekend

In summer and in winter—but especially in summer—there are those weekends best spent out of the city. We may not always be able to afford nice rentals or great B&B’s, but we can play the good guest when invited to a friend’s (or friend’s parents’) house for the weekend. One of the best parts of the two days away has got to be the cooking. Unless we’ve wound up in the most rustic little Catskill cottage, cooking in a house kitchen is a pleasant change of pace from the apartment galley kitchens we’re used to in the city. But the …

Read More...

College Town Ice Cream Parlor Round Up

ice cream

As children, we all remember having fun on the playground and then hearing that magical melody coming from the distance. The sound of summer. The ice cream truck is coming! As you rush and fight to get in line, you consider the plethora of choices for today: Snow cone, Fudgsicle, Chocolate Éclair, Vanilla Sandwich… Then you see that giant X across Lickacolor, and you stop mid-sentence. Nooo! Remember this? I believe, or would like to believe, that we have grown out of the Spongebob Squarepants ice cream phase (although I have to admit the candy eye balls are quite delicious).  …

Read More...

How To: Make the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Your Dining Hall Has Ever Seen

BGSK_513

At my college dining hall, there was a custom grill station where you could order eggs, hots dogs, and burgers just how you liked them. I lived on fried eggs for at least a year, and so I don’t want to say anything too negative about the grill station. But their grilled cheese was abominable. I love grilled cheese. But I won’t eat a sandwich made with American cheese and margarine on texture-less white bread.

Luckily for my snobbish ways, the dining hall also had an electric grill–like a George Foreman. I developed a foolproof way to make amazing …

Read More...

How To: Go Vegetarian for a Week

IMG_0486

Meat produced in large factory farms has enormous negative environmental impacts, including contributing to global warming and polluting waters. So giving up your daily slice cow or chicken for one week every year, or one day every week can make a huge difference. We know you’ll miss your steak. So do we. But don’t worry, vegetarians around the world have figured out how to make their dishes just as tasty and equally as hearty as those with meat. But be careful what you replace your meat with or you might unexpectedly gain weight! However, if you approach vegetarianism right, you …

Read More...

The 5 Essential Cooking Skills for All New Chefs to Know

bgsk_day3_422

Cooking for yourself for the first time can seem like a daunting task, but it’s also incredibly liberating. You don’t have to eat everything on your plate or the nasty veggies that your mom makes. You can eat whatever you want. However, you don’t really know how to cook. This should not give you license to subsist purely on Lean Cuisine, hot pockets or take-out. Here are five simple cooking techniques that will help you get started in the kitchen.

1. Using your Knife. Most people hold their knives like they are Rambo going into battle. The meat is already …

Read More...