by Mei Gong, sophomore writing coach
ATTENTION ALL MINNETONKA STUDENTS: first semester is ending and we are halfway there! (I’ll leave it up to you whether all those capital letters and that exclamation point were there for excitement or alarm.)
I would love to write a blog post about the ending semester that’s perfectly nostalgic and sentimental the whole way through…but, unfortunately, sweet emotional writing isn’t one of my strengths. However, making food is. I recognize that this isn’t the case for everyone, but even if you don’t cook, hopefully even just the ideas of these recipes can help with your semester switch sorrows (or high school completion progress pep)! Just click on the names of each dish for the link to the recipes.
For the freshman finally figuring things out:
Congratulations! You made it this far and I feel that’s something worth celebrating. Might I recommend some Filet Mignon and Balsamic Strawberries? No? Okay, so maybe that recipe is kind of complex. And time consuming. And expensive. Well, you and your family could always celebrate with some lemon cake instead.
For the sophomore just cruising along:
Surprisingly, this isn’t too bad, right? We’re getting the hang of all this high school craziness. You know what else is, surprisingly, not too bad? This recipe for loaded nacho grilled cheese sandwiches. Initially, I was doubtful that it’d be worth the effort, but I made a simplified version and the taco seasoning definitely adds a nice flare, bringing the sandwich way above my low expectations for a mere grilled cheese.
For the junior swamped with work:
It’s okay guys, school is hard. But I know you can make it! Here’s a superfood casserole to keep your body at its prime and your immune system humming. Of course, if the taste of these potent veggies makes you feel sick, it’s kind of counterproductive. If that’s the case, this comforting beef stew should do the trick.
For the senior who can’t wait for the next step:
Why wait for your favorite summer treats? Science might keep you from traveling to the future, but if you really, really want it to be summer, nothing’s stopping you from at least getting in the mood. Sure, summer classics like watermelon and berries aren’t exactly in season, and it might be hard to get the grill going in this weather, but we can’t let that stop us! Rapid fire, here’s some sweet tea, light chicken salad, and ice cream. Enjoy!