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Mardi Gras Cooking

by Joanna on March 10, 2014

in College Life

I don’t normally cook on campus. If I do, it’s the traditional college meal – microwaveable Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. However, this week was a special occasion. I decided I was going to have a small Mardi Gras party in my dorm room, so Monday night my friend and I carried our cooking supplies up to the fourth floor of Medaille and started our cooking adventure! Following an idea on Pinterest, we made mini king cakes. Here’s the recipe/instructions:

1. Buy packaged cinnamon rolls

2. Unroll the cinnamon rolls so that they are straight

3. Then twist them and turn them into the shape of an “O”

4. Next, place them on a pan (wax paper is helpful so you don’t have to clean your pan or worry about spray) and place them in the oven at 400 F

5. After about ten minutes, take them out

6. Then frost them using white frosting

7. Finally, add the sprinkles…green, purple, and yellow (for Mardi Gras!)

*You can either mix all the sprinkle colors together or separate them into green, yellow, and purple sections.

The mini king cakes were a great hit at my party! We drank soy milk with our treats and danced to some awesome music…I highly suggest making these treats and having a party of your own next year :)


The best thing that was ever invented to cook on college campus is RAMEN NOODLES. It is a quick, cheap, and easy meal to make. You can purchase a box of ramen noodles for no more than $5, and that box can last you months! All you do is put the dry noodles in a bowel of water, put the microwave on five minutes, and then mix the seasoning in and your done! It’s that easy! You can not go wrong with a box of ramen. It’s affordable, not messy, and doesn’t take a lot of dishes. It is definitely something every college student should have in their dorm!


Last week, we made Butternut Squash Macaroni with the first graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Every single kid loved it!  We had no picky eaters at all.  While I was cooking this recipe with them, I thought about us college students. How hard it is to cook a nutritious meal.  This recipe is easy, affordable, nutritious, and quick.  Try it at home!  If you freeze it, it can last up to 3 weeks.


1     lb. macaroni/ elbow noodles

2     cups cheese sauce

2     cups of butternut squash

½ tsp. garlic


–       Preheat the oven 350 F.

–       Wash the butternut squash.

–       Cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and crud (The Pre-school children actually helped in this step).

–       Put the butternut squash in cookie sheets and place it in the oven.

–       After the butternut squash is cooked, take remove the peel and blend the meat part of the butternut squash.

–       Boil 1 lb. macaroni pasta and put it in the pot with boiling water. (9 min with added salt).

–       In a pot heat the cheese sauce, garlic and the butternut squash.

–       Once the cheese and squash sauce has boiled, add the macaroni.

–       Mix well.

–       Enjoy!


If I had to pick a favorite color, without a question, it would be green.

It’s also conveniently associated with the environment, and I love “going green.”

Fontbonne is becoming "greener" via our Southwest Hall garden!

A recent holiday that just occurred was St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday that is conveniently very green.

The Fontbonne HES Department had a Student Food Demo that was St. Patrick’s Day-themed, which I really enjoyed.

Fontbonne Students showing us how to make various food dishes.

I was pretty excited about it.

The mashed potatoes were probably my favorite. I'm a big fan of potatoes.

Utilizing technology in the kitchen!

We even had dessert!

I was excited to win an attendance prize! This peeler will definitely come in handy for my own personal cooking.

And now a few gems from the Dogtown St. Patrick’s Parade. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with different St. Louis neighborhoods, Dogtown is considered the traditionally Irish neighborhood.)

We were excited to arrive at the parade.

I enjoyed looking at everyone's festive attire.

I spy a Kermit the Frog.

Let the parade begin!

There was some singin'...

There was some smilin'...

Fancy Irish parade floats...

There was some Irish dancin' of course...

"The Brady Bunch" was even there. ;)

Just your neighborhood leprechaun strolling along...

People handing out beads like crazy!

This is my friend, Ahmed, experiencing a St. Patrick's Day parade for the first time, since he's from Iraq.

Me, Ahmed, and fellow Fontbonne blogger Marielle after the parade festivities.

Peace, Love, & Lots of Green.



by Alumni Posts September 21, 2012

As a senior, this is my first time actually participating in a Dedicated Semester course! I mean, I should have participated more over the years becasue it was at my disposal, but I didn’t. Over the course of four D.S., I went to the events offered and even picked up a few t-shirts, but never […]

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The cycle continues……..

by Alumni Posts October 5, 2011

Howdy!  It appears my technical difficulties have been solved….thank you Firefox!! Over the summer, I was very lucky to be a part of Fontbonne’s first summer of CampF.R.E.S.H.  I worked in the kitchen preparing food and teaching kids about nutrition and cooking techniques.  Our theme for the summer was the seven continents.  Each week of […]

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