Sometimes the oven just seems hard, you know?

When I was in college, the one thing I missed more than my dog was good ‘ole home cooking. Although I am not one to complain about an all-you-can-eat buffet with unlimited ice cream, dining hall food is unreliable and can get old quick. I mean, what are you supposed to do on days they serve fish? That’s why when dining hall food was just not cutting it, I turned to my favorite microwave comfort-food recipes to get me through. Did you even know gourmet microwave cooking was such an art form?

Shredded cheese

Can’t go wrong with cheese

My absolute favorite recipe was Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas because not only do they combine two of my very favorite things – Italian food and Mexican food – they are SO quick and easy I could whip one up between classes for a quick and tasty lunch. All you need to make these are flour tortillas, cheese and of course, pepperoni. Just place one of the flour tortillas on a plate and sprinkle the cheese and pepperoni all over it. Place the second flour tortilla on top and cook everything in the microwave until the cheese is melted. It should take around one minute. And that’s it! Pizza faster than Domino’s delivery – who could ask for more?!

Coffee mug

More cheese, but in a mug

On those days when I was really missing home, I turned to the best comfort food there is: Mac and Cheese. Not your typical Easy Mac, but stick-to-your-ribs, feels-like-a-hug goodness. To make this, fill a mug with a half cup of macaroni. Then add water until the macaroni is submerged. Place the mug in the microwave and cook it for approximately eight minutes, stirring every so often. Drain your pasta, but leave a small amount of water in the bottom. Add some parmesan and some shredded Mexican mix and microwave until the cheese is melted. Stir and enjoy the pure YUM! (Pro Tip: This is also some great late-night, post shenanigans grub.)

Chocolate chips

Make it sweet

When I wanted to reward myself for acing that exam or if we are being honest, just making it through the week (it’s the little things), I liked to cook up a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Just take that mug you used for your Mac and Cheese and melt one tablespoon of butter in the bottom. Stir in one tablespoon of white sugar, one tablespoon of brown sugar, three drops of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Then, add one egg yolk and a quarter cup of flour. FINALLY, add two tablespoons (or more…) of chocolate chips.

Place your mug in the microwave for up to a minute, checking for doneness at 40 seconds and 50 seconds. Make sure to top your finished product with more chocolate chips and maybe a little ice cream (because why not?) and ENJOY! This cookie is the good stuff.

It takes just one bite of these recipes to take me back to those dorm room days. All I can say is, make sure you stock up on ingredients, your hall-mates are definitely going to want some!

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