For students who are planning to stay on campus for Thanksgiving or for those getting ready to host a Friendsgiving celebration, the thought of cooking and preparing food can definitely be intimidating. Whether you’re experienced in the kitchen or a beginner, Brookens Library has tips and tools that can help you have a successful and stress-free Thanksgiving!
Tools in the Library of Things
The Library of Things has a variety of items, including games (that are great for some after-dinner entertainment!), technology, home, and kitchen items! For college students on a budget who may not be able to afford some pricier kitchen essentials, the library has an ice cream maker, waffle maker, immersion blender, and more that can be checked out for seven days at a time.
Recipes from Popular Cookbooks
Cooking can definitely be intimidating for those who don’t have a lot of experience with it. Even more intimidating, however, is cooking for a crowd on Thanksgiving when everyone expects perfection. If you’re slightly (or very) worried about the dishes you’re going to prepare for the holiday, then check out some of these suggested recipes.
- Caesar salad from The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook (borrow a blender to make the dressing)
- Spinach and artichoke dip from The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook
- Roast chicken from Good and Cheap
- Homemade pasta with a recipe of your choice from Making Artisan Pasta (with the Library of Things pasta maker)
- Roasted-garlic mashed potatoes from The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook
- Roasted zucchini from The Quick and Easy College Cookbook
- Honey orange carrots from The Quick and Easy College Cookbook
- Parker House rolls from How to Bake Everything
- Pumpkin cheesecake from How to Bake Everything (use a springform pan to create a flawless cheesecake)
- Cinnamon spice cake from How to Bake Everything (check out some cupcake pans so you can make perfectly-sized cakes for everyone)
Hopefully these tips can help you have a successful Thanksgiving on or off campus! If you’re looking for even more recipes, Brookens has many cookbooks that are available both in-person and online. Happy Thanksgiving!