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Monday, December 04, 2023

Tools and recipes to use before you move back in for the fall

Whether you’re moving into an apartment or a dorm this fall, you might be losing access to a kitchen. Here are a few recipes you won’t regret making before you move back to Gainesville:

Recipes that require a real oven

1. Blueberry hand pies: I’ve never really liked pies (I know, OK?), but these are perfect. They’re individually portioned out, so if one, or five, disappear, it’s not like you can see the pie getting smaller. You can also fill them with whatever you like -- apples, cheese, strawberries, etc.

2. Roasted dinners: By this, I don’t mean baking that frozen pizza. Pick a protein like fish, chicken or beef, season it with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 350 degrees for the required amount of time. Roast chopped carrots, potatoes and garlic and alongside the meat in the same baking dish. Mix it up with herbs and different vegetables -- leaving you with an easy, healthy and home-cooked meal.

Grilled anything

While I have full access to a kitchen when I go back to school, I won’t be able to grill (or eat what my dad grills). Something like brisket sounds intimidating, but if you read a recipe at least three times, you’re more likely to sail right through it.

1. Melt-in-your-mouth homemade brisket

2. Grilling on a slate: When else are you going to use a piece of slate tile to sear steaks?

“Oh, we need a mixer for that?”

Been there, done that. Once, I made bread dough from scratch without a mixer, only to forget that I left it out to rise. My apartment smelled like yeast, and I was without bread.

1. Homemade whipped cream: Everyone should make this at least once in their lives. Whip it, eat it, and think about it the next time you pull out that container of Cool Whip.

2. Lemon meringue pie and banana cream pie: Pie made an appearance twice on this list, but the latter are cream-based, so they don’t count as traditional. They’re also so much better when made from scratch.

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