It has come to my attention that most students at the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point think that all there is to college
cooking is Easy Mac. If they want to go out to eat, their only options are
Toppers and Taco Bell. I want to change that. There is so much more to cooking
than microwaving powder. Since coming to Stevens Point, I have had the pleasure
of discovering a small town filled with endless local and flavorful restaurants
and culinary experiences. Good food is here! Don’t settle for anything less.
Such a culinary experience occurred last week Friday at the
Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics’ First Annual Bite- Sized
Cook-off in the CPS Café.
The event was a competition in which four teams of dietetics
students served three courses of themed meals. The teams each had a theme:
Greek, Root Vegetables, Korean, and Rice-based dishes. Those that attended the
event voted on what team’s food they liked the most.
All of these students deserve recognition for creativity in
their dishes and the ability to make a large amount of the same mini-bites. I
mean, it was impossible not to “Aww” at the adorableness of a mini-burger made
out of the spices of a traditional Korean barbeque. The presentation of each
dish was beautiful in a way that almost made you not want to eat it because it
was a form of art.
The true art form was in the flavors. Many of them were
fearless, to say the least. Take the parsnip spice cake with ginger cream
cheese frosting, for example. Who would ever think to put a parsnip in a cake?
Whoever did was onto something. The combination of the root vegetables, spices
and cream cheese frosting was outstanding. But can you really ever go wrong
when there’s cream cheese frosting involved?
The greatness of this event was the fact that it showed that
great and fresh food can be found in Stevens Point and great chefs can be found
among the students of UWSP. Maybe you’re not ready to go make some baba
ghanoush, but you too can be a good chef. Step away from the ramen and
challenge yourself to make something a little more delicious tonight.
Here’s a tasty, healthy and cheap recipe straight from the
event that you can make: