Tasty Video Renditions

While scrolling aimlessly through Facebook feeds during 75-minute lectures, you’ve probably come across a Tasty video or two — yes, the beautiful time lapse masterpieces that condense the amount of time it would take to cook a full meal into a 30-second clip. From savory slow cooked ribs to sweet cake pops, these short videos whet any appetite. Onions appear to caramelize instantly; wet and dry ingredients form dough in just a second. Whether an aspiring chef, packaged ramen-making master or just a dining-hall-reliant student, these videos give the impression that anyone could make a delicious dish with almost no effort. After watching and watching these videos every day in lecture, I was inspired.

New Year, New Recipe

During Chinese New Year last week, the intoxicating smell of beer and the simmer of soy sauce brought me back to my childhood in Taiyuan, China. To celebrate the holiday, my grandma would make chicken in beer, a traditional dish originating from Jiangsu, China. Last week, she shared her recipe with me for a taste of home from 7,000 miles away.

Chocolate cake ingredients. (Evan Kravitz / Sun Contributor)

Dorm Room Hacks: How to Make Chocolate Cake in Your Own Dorm Room

It’s 2:00 a.m. You’re in your dorm, your stomach is growling and you can’t get yourself to walk the 100-or-so steps to Nasties. Time for chocolate cake. Chocolate cake, you ask? Yes, cake. By following a few easy steps, you can whip up a moist and rich chocolate cake in the convenience of your own dorm room.