Off-Campus Dining

One of the perks of living off-campus: you get to make your own food. I suppose for some people, this is a chore. That’s how I initially thought about it, but I quickly learned to take advantage of this opportunity. I get to explore the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, and the local grocery stores.

I love experimenting with the produce I pick up from various places. But my favorite part is learning from watching my friends cook. My best friend and housemate, Josie, is from Argentina and often learns Argentinian recipes from her mother. The other day she taught me how to make milanesa, a breaded pork.

Two students making milanesa

Josie and I making milanesa


The final product

housemates ready for their meal

Josie and Jenny, my housemates, ready for their meal

I’ve noticed that my friends have been getting creative with what they make.

brunch food

An Easter brunch


Maddie’s noodle dish

breakfast foods

JP’s breakfast

I’m excited to keep making new dishes and learning from my friends!


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About Mallika Mitra ʼ16

Mallika is an English major with an emphasis in writing and a political science minor from Stony Brook, New York. She is the Features Editor for the Index and co-President of K''''s chapter of Amnesty International.