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Six creative ways to spice up D-Hall food

February 23, 2017
by Maya Feyzo-Pearlman '19 & Zoe Chodak '19

As far as dining halls go, Skidmore College isn't too shabby. In fact, it is ranked one of the best dining halls in the country. Sometimes however, the food can get drab and boring. For those days when even the pizza doesn't seem appetizing, here are some creative dining hall hacks to spruce up your meal.

1. Root Beer Float

When you are craving something more than the basic soft serve, this is a super easy recipe to make. All you have to do is take a cup and fill it up halfway with soft serve vanilla ice cream and then fill it up the rest of the way with root beer. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always mix it up and try other drinks. 

2. Pizza Bagel

For this dining hall hack, prep a small bowl of tomato sauce from pasta station, grated cheese, and pizza seasonings (from pizza station). Cut one bagel in half, butter, and place on the grill. Place a layer of sauce, followed by a generous amount of cheese on top of the bagel. Warm the bagel until the cheese melts. Remove the bagel from the grill, and sprinkle on seasonings!

3. Quesadilla

When you have a break in between classes, this is a great meal to make. All you need are two wraps from deli, and then whatever toppings you want to put inside. I personally like to get chicken from diner as well as some veggies from salad bar. All you have to do is put the wrap on the griddle, add a bunch of cheese, and whatever else you desire to put in it. If you are feeling like you want to channel your inner chef, add an egg over easy on top. 

4. Ice Cream Sandwich

cream, sandwich, cookie

This classic dining hall hack is super easy and so good. Take two seemingly symmetrical chocolate chip cookies and put on a plate. Dispense vanilla soft serve onto one cookie (dispense to your liking). Press both cookies together, and enjoy. 

5. Egg in a Hole

toast, bread, egg, butter, dairy product, fried egg

Also known as egg in the basket, or toad in the hole, this hack is perfect for breakfast. Take a piece of bread, butter both sides, and make a hole in it using one of the paper cups as a stencil. Then take out the middle circle and put the bread on the griddle. Next, crack an egg in the hole and cook it as long as you want, depending on how runny you like your eggs. If you want to make it extra fancy, then add a piece of cheese on top.

6. Stir Fry

broccoli, tofu

Grab some broccoli and fresh tofu from the salad bar. Sautee tofu for 3 minutes, occasionally flipping to avoiding charring. Leave broccoli on grill for 5-8 minutes, until edges are slightly darker. Mix with soy sauce, and place over rice.

Maya Feyzo-Pearlman '19 and Zoe Chodak '19 are student bloggers providing unique student insight to life at Skidmore. This post was originally featured on