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Meeting the Family, Thanksgiving Edition

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TCNJ chapter.

By Nicole Ferrito

You are about to eat one of best meals of the year, a Thanksgiving dinner, at your boyfriend’s house, but what special dish can you contribute to the table to impress the family? Don’t stress. There are plenty of easy ways to prepare the perfect dish that will have everyone talking about how great of a chef you are and how lucky he is to have you.


And you may be surprised to find out that many ingredients that go into making great Thanksgiving side dishes or desserts can be found in your dorm room! Put your own twist on traditional college student meals. Grab your boyfriend and get cookin’! Here are a few simple and delicious combinations you can prepare for the parents.


1. Ordinary mac n’ cheese can be transformed into a tasty side dish. Instead of microwaving it, bake it! It is a simple way to take a traditional college meal and make it your own. Epicurious, a site where people post their own recipes which are then rated by the public, is a great place to find directions for a Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe.

2. Ramen noodles, another traditional dorm room snack, can be used in recipes to make a tasty salad side dish. Combine a pack of slaw, green onions, toasted sunflower seeds, oil, pepper, vinegar, sugar and ramen noodles to create a unique blend of flavors with a collegiette touch!

3. Cereal, a typical college breakfast, can be used to make a treat for dessert. If you and your boyfriend have a sweet tooth, make homemade rice krispy treats! Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they always go quickly. If you want to take the recipe a step further, drizzle chocolate over the top to give it another layer of flavor.


4. Since the cold winter months are coming, you likely have a box of hot chocolate in your room for that late night cup of coco for you and your boyfriend. Take the hot chocolate mix and make Hot Chocolate Cookies for a Thanksgiving dessert. Hot chocolate and cookies, who wouldn’t love that combination?


Now that you have some creative ideas on what to make, take a trip to your nearest dollar store or Target and buy a festive platter to serve your dish on. Whether it’s Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Ramen Noodle Salad, Homemade Rice Krispy Treats, or Hot Chocolate Cookies, finish it off by placing it on a decorative tray. It is the extra step that shows his family how much you care.


Whatever dish you decide to wow his family with, deliver it with a smile, relax and enjoy the food with your loved one and his family. They are sure to be thankful for your delicious and thoughtful contribution!


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