Happy, Happy Holidays

Today I had Thanksgiving dinner – my third in the last 20 or so days. This particular “Thanksgiving” has become one of those funny traditions where my lovely friends from home and I cook up something tasty and celebrate our birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bastille Day, Ramadan, Boxing Day, New Years, Valentine’s Day and basically every holiday in between. Since we are all scattered across the country at different universities, we can’t celebrate them with one another, so the three of us come together in mid-December and do it all at once.

This year I made soup! Yeah you could have guessed as much, I know. Actually it was probably more of an awkward mess in a pot that was supposed to be this, but turned into a chili-stew (or a “stili”? Chew? Nevermind).

It was good though. Along with homemade tamales, maple-walnut scones (recipe coming in 2012!), apple crisp with cranberries, a delightful assortment of fruits and veggies, and wassail, it was a meal fit for hungry college students who love to eat a wide variety of random, but equally delicious foods.

In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. I know many are traveling all over the United States and even the world, and I wish every person a wonderful and exciting journey.

I am headed out of the country for a few weeks and absolutely cannot wait for the experience. You may notice that I won’t be posting (since I won’t have much access to a kitchen/internet/etc.), but make sure to check back in mid-January when all my postings will be back to normal. In the mean time, make some homemade candy, cook up a pan of mac and cheese, and bake an amazing dessert.

If you’re worried you won’t remember to check back in January, just sign up for an email subscription on the upper-right side-bar (“Get Your Foodie Fix Through Email”) and you’ll be alerted of my posts.

I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you that read, comment, and subscribe to my blog. A little dream almost one year ago has turned into a incredible passion and hobby and I feel so grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you so much and very a very happy holiday season. -Rhyann

CookingCollegeChick gets a new look!

I felt the blog needed a bit of sprucing up, so I’ve changed the theme to something a little more bright and a little more me. You’ll notice that all of the posts will still be the same format, just with prettier colors.

Also there are some great features that I wanted to highlight: subscribe bar, the recipe archives, the search bar, and the category cloud. This is just a quick tutorial around the site, but if you already know it, skip the reading and make something tasty!

The subscribe bar (top right) is great if you’d like an email notification anytime I post something new. Don’t worry, you won’t be bogged down with random emails from me, only updates about new posts.

The recipe archive, featured up top, is a great feature if you want to see everything that I’ve made on the blog broken down into categories. If you’re looking for dinner, great. I have all my dinner recipes under that heading. Dessert? Even better, I have separate categories for chocolate and bar-type desserts. Check it out!

The search bar (right) is great if you want to find something very specific and see if I have it anywhere on the site. It brings you to wherever that search query is present in the blog, if it’s there.

Finally, the category cloud (right) shows you some of the main food categories that I’ve been cooking up. The categories that are bigger show that I’ve made more of that type of food.

What do you think of the new theme???