“In My Kitchen” with Ted Allen

You might recognize him as the host of the Food Network’s Chopped, but Ted Allen is no stranger to working the stove himself. In his new cookbook, In My Kitchen, Ted shares one-hundred of his recipes for the passionately culinary. His book is meant for people who don’t just make food in the kitchen, they thrive there.

We’ve got a sneak peek at one of the mouth-watering recipes from the cookbook.

Bruschetta with Strawberry and Tomato Salad

“Yep—strawberries and tomatoes. I love serving this to people who don’t know what’s coming. They scratch their heads, expecting bruschetta to be topped with tomatoes, but what’s that other familiar flavor? They always love it. Consider: tomatoes and strawberries are both sweet, tangy, and juicy. They’re both fruits. They’re even both red. The more I think about it, the more I want to try this on top of pasta. . . . For now, though, the combo makes a perfect summer appetizer.” – Ted Allen, on his Bruschetta

What You’ll Need:

1 cup diced fresh ripe strawberries

1 cup diced grape tomatoes

1 small garlic clove, minced

3 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal ½ inch thick

* Makes 10 to 15 hors d’oeuvres

What You’ll Do:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Let rest for 30 minutes, stirring now and then.

2. Heat an outdoor or indoor grill or grill pan to medium-high. Spread out the sliced bread on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Transfer to the grill, and toast the bread until golden all over, 2 or 3 minutes per side.

Arrange on a platter.

3. Cover the warm grilled bread slices with a generous layer of strawberry-tomato salad. Serve immediately.

Fun fact from Ted: Lots of people, even fancy food industry people, aren’t sure how to pronounce the word bruschetta: it’s brew-SKET-tuh.

Ted Allen will be signing copies of In My Kitchen on September 6th at the new Rutgers University campus bookstore.

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Dish It: Mediterranean Turkey Bagelwich

There is nothing like a fresh bagel topped with all fresh ingredients! Betty Crocker has done it again with this delicious recipe. This “bagelwich” is easy to make and – at only 310 calories – healthy too! This is a great summertime lunch option. Check below for the ingredients and the steps to make this filling and appetizing Bagelwich!

What You’ll Need:

1 container (5 ounces) refrigerated hummus

4 bagels cut horizontally in half

½ pound sliced smoked turkey

1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

16 spinach leaves

What You’ll Do:

Step 1:

Spread about 1 tablespoon hummus over each of 4 bagel halves.

Step 2:

Layer turkey, cucumber, onion and spinach on bagel halves with hummus. Top with remaining bagel halves.

How would you put your own twist on this tasty Bagelwich?

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Dish It: PB&J S’mores

Every campfire needs a tasty treat. Sometimes, though, you need a break from the same old S’more recipe and this twist on the classic treat will have you begging for more! Betty Crocker’s PB&J s’more may sound a bit strange, but it’s delicious and super easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to whip up these sweet and savory snacks…

What You’ll Need:

Large Marshmallow

Peanut butter

Strawberry jam

Nature Valley dark chocolate granola thins

What You’ll Do:

1. Spear 1 large marshmallow on Long-handled fork; toast over campfire coals or over grill on low heat.

2. For each s’more, place toasted marshmallow on chocolate side of 1 granola thin. Meanwhile, top chocolate side of 1 additional granola thin with 1-teaspoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon strawberry jam. Press marshmallow and jelly sides together; hold a few second to melt chocolate.

I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering! Will you be trying this recipe out?

What are your other favorite summer campfire snacks? Let us know!

Written  by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Dish It: Pizza Popcorn

As a college student, you probably think of popcorn as a delicious snack that is easy to make within the limited confines of a dorm room. However, do you get tired of the same old salt-and-butter routine? Then look no further! We came across this mouth-watering recipe on Belly Bytes, a website dedicated to all things delicious, and couldn’t resist sharing it with our College Juice readers. It combines the deliciousness of popcorn with the savory taste of pizza (minus all of the calories). The result is a simple, flavor-packed recipe you’ll want to share with everyone you know.

What You’ll Need:
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 quarts hot, low-fat popcorn

What You’ll Do:
1) In blender, blend cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper for about three minutes. If you don’t have a blender, mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2) Place popcorn in large bowl; sprinkle with cheese mixture.
3) Toss ingredients gently to coat evenly.

*Recipe yields 3 quarts of Pizza-Flavored Popcorn.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about this popcorn! Have another popcorn variety you’re dying to share with us? Post a comment below!

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Dish It: Chicken Wraps

Sometimes the thought of having to navigate the crowds at the dining hall is enough to make you lose your appetite completely. If you’re looking for an easy lunch or dinner option that won’t require waiting in a long line, read on for our quick and delicious chicken wrap recipe. You’ll only need a few ingredients and can easily switch it up to fit what flavors you like most!

What You’ll Need:

- 1 whole wheat tortilla
– Microwaveable chicken strips (Try the Perdue Shortcuts Carved Chicken Breast Strips, they’re already cooked!!)
– Tomato
– 1/2 a cup of fresh spinach leaves (about a small handful)
– 1 Tbsp. dressing of your choice
– Knife (plastic will suffice, as you’ll only be dicing a tomato)

*makes one chicken wrap

What To Do:

The great thing about this recipe idea is that you can add/eliminate whichever ingredients you prefer. Don’t care for spinach leaves? Try adding shredded lettuce instead – it’s really up to you! 

1) Place your desired amount of chicken on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a paper towel (to prevent a mess), and microwave for the amount of time as instructed on the box (will vary depending on what you purchase). Let cool.

2) Cut the tomato into fourths. Place 3 of these slices into a plastic, sealed bag or container so you can keep them fresh in your refrigerator (to use at another time – don’t let food go to waste!). Dice the remaining tomato chunk and place on your tortilla.

3) Add the desired amount of spinach leaves to the tortilla. Feel free to shred the leaves if you prefer.

4) Place the chicken on the tortilla where you just added the spinach and tomato. Drizzle your choice of dressing on top.

5) Roll up your tortilla and enjoy!

Now you’re ready to enjoy your quick and easy meal without all of the hassle of the dining hall. Did you have a special touch you added to the recipe? Share it and any other suggestions below!


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Dish It: Microwaveable Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

When we came across this mouth-watering Oatmeal recipe on FoodNetwork.com, we thought it would be a perfect way to warm up on a cold morning. When we realized it could be made in your standard dorm-room microwave, we KNEW it would be perfect! All you need are a few ingredients, about 15 minutes, and voilà – you’re ready to enjoy this delicious, fiber-rich breakfast.

What You’ll Need:

1 apple, preferably McIntosh, cored and coarsely chopped
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
2 cups water
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup toasted pecans

What to Do:

Combine the apple, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl and stir in the water. Cover and seal with plastic wrap or a tight fitting lid and heat in the microwave on high until apples are soft and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup. Divide between 2 bowls and top with the nuts. Serve immediately.

Pair with some orange juice or a hot cup of tea and you’ll be ready to take on the day!

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Dish It: Shrimp Scampi

With no parents around, it is hard to find a good meal. Going out to nice restaurants starts to add up and buying all the ingredients to make a gourmet meal takes way too much time. What we need is a meal that doesn’t take over 15 minutes to make and can be made under $8.

What if this meal could impress the ladies, or guys, and even leave you some leftovers for lunch the next day?  Here is what I did for a special dinner for my girlfriend. I was tired of taking her out to the same old restaurants, so I decided to rummage through my cabinet and rustle up something that I had never made before.

Here is exactly what I did. Time to make some Shrimp Scampi: College Style!

Here is what you are going to need:

1 pack of Ramen noodles

1 package of shrimp (shelled and deveined) – Can substitute for chicken if you like that better.

Garlic Powder

½ Stick of Butter



First step: Bring a pot of water (big enough to hold the Ramen noodles) to a boil. For a little extra seasoning, you can add a little salt before you add the noodles.

Next: Put the Ramen Noodles, just the noodles, into the water and cook for 6-8 minutes. Strain the noodles after they are done.

Then: Melt the butter in another pan (large enough to hold the shrimp). Add the shrimp to the melted butter.

Next: Cook the shrimp for 4-6 minutes until they become a pinkish white color. Turn the heat off and add a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.


Finally: Add the contents of the shrimp pan to the noodles and dig in!

This may sound too good to be true, but once you take a bite, you will change your mind. Who needs to order take-out when you can make a gourmet meal right in your very own kitchen! My girlfriend loved it and I can almost guarantee your significant other will love it too.

~Chris W., student and master chef, Ball State University

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Dish It: Taco Dogs

Who doesn’t love hot dogs, right?  Well, this taco-take on hot dogs will not only make your mouth water, but your wallet will thank you, too.  This recipe is simple, cheap and delicious– perfect for any college student’s recipe box.

Taco Dogs

What You’ll Need:

Flour Tortillas, Beef or Turkey Dogs, Salsa, Your choice of cheese, Refried Beans

Optional: Taco Sauce, Mexican Rice, Sour Cream

What You’ll Need To Do:

1. Spread refried beans, salsa and cheese on a flour tortilla

2. Put the dog on the tortilla and wrap it up

3. Nuke it for 2 minutes or pop in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Delicious!  Once your taco dogs are done, feel free to slather on some taco sauce, sour cream and enjoy a side dish of Mexican rice.

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