Not Your Average College Food



I’m Emily and welcome to my food blog!

After completing my first year of college (woohoo!), I felt deprived of sleep, sunlight, and…good food. Let’s be honest, the food they served in our freshmen cafeteria was less than mediocre – it quickly got repetitive and tasteless. Since I was on the unlimited meal plan and I didn’t have easy access to a kitchen, that cafeteria was my main source of “nourishment”. The only reliable foods we could count on were the fries, pizza, and Lucky Charms (sooo healthy!). Which is why as soon as I got home, I was eager to cook, bake, boil, chop, and of course, eat. During my 3 1/2 months of summer, I cooked with my mom as often as I possibly could. During my sophomore year, I had the freedom to cook a lot more with a kitchen in my dorm suite. Now, I am a senior living off-campus in a rowhouse with my good friends. We have a huge kitchen, which has inspired me to cook more sophisticated foods that require more preparation, longer cooking times, and can be saved as leftovers for later in the week. Despite venturing into a more challenging cooking niche, I am still trying to keep my recipes as simple and delicious as possible.

I love to cook and bake because I am always amazed by the end result, something delicious and beautiful is created from an assortment of ingredients when combined. The goal of this blog is to share with other college students simple, healthy recipes that they can make under the burdens and stresses of school and time management. Most of the recipes require very few ingredients and little preparation!

Favorite foods: dumplings (I crave Asian food all the time), chocolate, berries, almonds, Nutella, pancakes

I never thought I’d start a blog but I’m super excited to share and document all the foods that I make. Also, there definitely are not enough food blogs out there, right…? On a side note, I apologize to my friends and family that have to wait before every meal while I frantically take photos of the food from every possible angle and lens.

Hope you enjoy my photographs and recipes!



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    June 20, 2013


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    June 20, 2013

    Ahh thanks Ting!! Next year will be so much fun and will be full of good noms :)

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    Linda Harris
    July 15, 2013

    Enjoyed reading your experiences with each recipe! Pictures are really beautiful, too! If a medical/public health career doesn’t pan out, you’ve got a viable alternative (but I doubt that will happen) :)

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    Mackenzie Barth
    September 16, 2013

    Hi Emily,
    My name is Mackenzie and I’m the co-founder of Spoon University, an online food publication just for college students. I absolutely love your blog, your photos, and the simplicity behind your recipes. I’d like to talk to you about becoming a national contributor for Spoon. Wasn’t sure how else to contact you so please send me an email when you see this. Thanks!

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    Melissa Norwood
    September 25, 2013

    Hi Emily I would like to share your recipes and photos on my FB and in in my FB group. I wills always link to your blog. I didn’t see any way to contact you other than this, please let me know if you are ok with it. Thanks!

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      September 25, 2013

      Hey Melissa, you can definitely share my recipes and photos through FB. Thanks for asking and enjoy!

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    February 1, 2015

    Please put me on your mailing list

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      February 2, 2015

      Hi Caroline, you can subscribe by entering your email address in the subscribe box on the right column of the page!

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    Jeanette Schramm
    February 28, 2015

    Your pictures are beautiful! I’ll be back here for inspiration in the summer months. All of your food looks so good. It’s the middle of winter where I am, so I’ve been making hearty foods .

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    Ken Toong
    January 21, 2016

    This is Ken Toong, executive director Auxiliary Enterprises UMass Amherst. I learned from my wife, Pam, who heard about your blog from your parents at CIA event last night. Keep up the great work. Anytime you are coming to UMass, please let me know, we love to give you a back-of-the-house kitchen tour. Our mission is to continue to build a culture of healthy, sustainable and delicious food.

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