Apartment cooking 101: your kitchen

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Apartment cooking 101 is a semester-long series where I help you gain practical skills in the kitchen. Hopefully, at the end of the semester, you can go back home and impress your parents with your newfound kitchen skills. My philosophy toward food is that it should be healthy, visually appealing, easy and shareable. There should also be room for some experimentation and innovation. Most importantly, every kitchen should always have on hand the ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies — because who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? This semester we’ll cover breakfast, packable lunches, snacks, baking, date dinners at home and much more!

If in your first few weeks back in Berkeley you’ve only used your kitchen to prepare boxed mac-n-cheese or microwavable dinners, then I’ve got some important information for you — you’re not using your kitchen to its fullest potential! It’s understandable that one year (or more) of solely consuming magically pre-prepared dining hall food is enough to make anyone forget how to cook. Don’t give up hope though — you can graduate from microwaving prepared foods to actually cooking Instagram-worthy meals yourself. But let’s begin with baby steps. To start, let’s make sure your kitchen has the basics so you’re fully prepared to cook.

Supply Essentials 

  • Pot holders
  • Extra cleaning supplies
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pots/ pans
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet
  • Knife set
  • Cheese grater
  • Peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Coffee maker
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Tupperware

Pantry Essentials 

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Vanilla extract
  • Oatmeal
  • Cooking spray
  • Baking soda/ powder
  • Seasonings — salt, sea salt, pepper, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, paprika and oregano




Contact Martha Morrissey at [email protected].