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Tres Leches cake covered in strawberries sits in a glass pan. Lifestyle Writer Lindsay Curtis suggests  college friendly recipes for tres leches cake and flan. (Lindsay Curtis | Lifestyle Writer

Mexican desserts made easy, tres leches cake, flan

By Lindsay Curtis, Lifestyle Writer | February 13, 2024

This is your sign to finally make some of the most popular Mexican desserts out there: tres leches cake and flan.  I grew up making these desserts, so I took some of my family’s recipes and made them more accessible for college students. TRES...

A selection of baked goods lay in rows next to each other. Lifestyle writer Jonathan Shelby gives readers three fall-themed baking recipes to try at home. (Getty Images)

Easy fall desserts for college students

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | November 29, 2023

Crisp weather and falling leaves are nearly over, however that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fall desserts. Here are some options if you’re craving something other than candy canes and chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth: APPLE CRISP Cooking...

Pasta shells stuffed with minced beef meat with herbs.

5 cheat day meal recipes to try

By Ariel Morris, Lifestyle writer | January 20, 2022

Finding new ways to spice up your meal on a cheat day is exciting, considering the abundance of delicious meals to try. One of the best things about cooking is that you can improvise and make whatever your heart desires. Cheat meals are rewarding after...

Top 5 Recipes Dorm Room Recipes

By Sara Rasmussen | October 5, 2017

Question: Do you live a dorm and struggle to satisfy your cravings? I have the perfect recipes for you.Living in a dorm myself, I know it isn’t easy to find satisfying food that is easy to microwave. You can forget about making a pizza in your dorm...

How to: Holiday hot cocoa

By Northern Star staff | December 1, 2016

Warming up with a cup of cocoa is ideal during the cold holiday time.Trying this recipe? Show us your completed cup of cocoa in pictures or videos for a chance to be featured on social media by tagging @NIUNorthernStar.This recipe makes about 40 servings...

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with at-home recipes

By Claire Buchanan | May 4, 2014

Before you head out to the bar to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, try to whip up these simple, festive recipes at home.These recipes have a lot of room for improvisation. You can use as much of the ingredients as you like, so feel free to use your creativity.TostadasIngredients:•...

The salsa and lime add great flavor to the fish tacos.

Devour the diverse dishes

By Patrick Pastrana | June 25, 2013

Cooking is a very important skill to have. There’s no better time to practice this art than the summer. There will be gatherings, parties of all sorts or occasions where you just want to provide delicious food. Two recipes I found that are tasty and...

Easy to make cooking recipes

By Sarah Contreras | February 27, 2013

Anyone can cook, the saying goes. The trouble is: not everyone knows where to start. Cooking can be, to say the least, very tedious. Recipes might call for ingredients you’ve never heard of or they might be three pages long. Ovens, food processors and...

Recipes to spice up your Halloween season

Recipes to spice up your Halloween season

By Beth Schumacher | October 22, 2012

You’re not the only one that can get dressed up for Halloween. Impress your party guests with these deliciously spooky recipes that will have them begging for more. Eyeball Taco Salad 3 pounds of ground turkey or beef One bag of tortilla chips 1 bag...

Sarah Contreras

Cheap birthday dessert succeeds on many layers

By Sarah Contreras | November 7, 2011

When you're a poor college student eager to impress others, it can be difficult to throw a party and stay within your meager budget.It being my birthday Saturday, I decided that instead of doing the usual "going out and spending a ton on Malibu and Cokes,"...