Throughout your time attending the University of Rhode Island, you most likely have endured dining hall food at some point. Contrary to popular opinion, I actually enjoy the dining hall food, although this may be due to the fact that I usually end up starting a toaster fire when I try to cook food myself. Despite the fact that I actually like dining hall food, there are still times when I have the desire to be more creative and try to make something myself that the dining hall simply does not serve. So what kinds of food you can make out of what’s provided at the dining hall you ask? Well alas, I have answers.

  1. Root Beer Floats: There’s an ice cream machine at Butterfield and a drink dispenser that serves soda. Need I say more?
  2. Cookie Sandwiches: Using your cookie of choice, spread peanut butter, nutella, fluff, ice cream, or all of the above on two cookies. Carefully smash both cookies together and enjoy.
  3. Nachos: Tortilla chips, cheese (the shredded cheddar from the salad bar, NOT the bright yellow cheese sauce – that’s just disrespectful), salsa, and guacamole are all located at different stations around the dining hall and are easy enough to pop in the microwave for half of a minute to melt the cheese. Add shredded chicken or Cajun seasonings from the fry line if you’re feeling fancy and fearless. Voila!
  4. Waffle cake: The name is in the game my friends. Make a few waffles, spread your filling of choice in the middle, and sprinkle with love and affection.
  5. Pizza: I usually crave a slice of crappy pizza when Butterfield is closed on the weekends and when I don’t want to walk two steps to Ram’s Den. If you also find yourself in this predicament, take a slice of bread, spread tomato sauce from the pasta station on the surface, sprinkle with cheese from the salad bar, microwave for whatever amount of time you deem acceptable, and pray that it tastes…acceptable? (If you try this please let me know).
  6. Heist: No, this is not the newest food fad, this is just me encouraging others to pull off a food heist so that my friends and I are not the only ones who are on the dining hall’s most wanted list. Before I continue, please understand that I do not condone stealing and yes, I understand that there are cameras and workers watching your every move in the dining hall. But sometimes, eating in Butterfield or Hope is not the move boys. Bring your backpack, make the food you’re trying to smuggle out, bring your own tupperware or use a few napkins to roll your food into neatly packed stacks that you then hide under your large flannel or inside your backpack, and bring back to your hall of residency. What’s better than eating on the comfort of your own bed? A lot of things, but sometimes you just need that comfort of heisted-wacky-creations-of-dining-hall-food.