Dorm Room Delicacies

Sam Segal

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I don’t think I’m the first to say that I’m not the biggest fan of Glar. Something about pizza that is so loaded with cheese and grease that it falls down when you try to eat it just doesn’t do it for me.

Since freshman year, I’ve been avoiding eating in the dining halls even without a kitchen—last year I used only 40 meals one semester. I did this by utilizing non-ionizing radiation . . . my microwave.

Spinach Lasagna for Two

• 2 cups of marinara sauce

• 1 small can of chopped spinach (drained)

• 4oz dry lasagna noodles

• ½ cup ricotta cheese

• 1 egg

• 1 cup cheddar cheese

• 1 cup mozzarella cheese

• salt to taste

• Pyrex/microwaveable dish

Pour a third of the marinara sauce evenly into the microwave-safe dish.

In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, chopped spinach and egg until fully mixed.

Rinse uncooked lasagna noodles with cold water. Then arrange a third of the uncooked noodles in a single layer atop sauce in baking dish. Spread a layer of the spinach mixture atop the uncooked noodles. Then add a layer of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese (about a third of each). Next, pour a third of the remaining sauce to make the next layer. Add another layer of lasagna noodles on top, and repeat with another layer of spinach, followed by the cheeses. Finally, repeat with one more layer of sauce, noodles, spinach, and cheese.

Cover and microwave for 20 minutes on medium heat (50%). Let stand for 5 minutes, covered, in the microwave. Microwave again for 5 minutes on high heat and then leave covered for 10 minutes.

Cut it up and serve!

Four-Minute Brownies

• ½ Cup butter

• 1 cup sugar

• 2 eggs

• 1st vanilla extract

• ½ cup unsweetened cocoa

• ½ cup flour

Mix all wet ingredients until well mixed. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Put brownie mix into a microwave-safe container and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes.

This recipe also freezes well and can be made in batches—I used to ration the mix and make ‘mug brownies,’, which were always the perfect size to curb my hunger.