A Hidden Gem

I think while at PF Chang’s for my birthday, I think I heard my server mention that it is on St. Valentine’s Day that they bring in their most profit. When you think about it, it does seem as if every couple blows tons of money of the holiday, never bypassing flowers and dinner.

This year, instead of going out with my valentine, we took advantage of a great resource on campus: the Campus Ministry kitchen. I had figured that in college, a home-cooked meal is more of a treat than going out, plus I knew we would be going out for my birthday. So, on Friday I went to the Giant Eagle in Squirrel Hill for ingredients. (I know there is a Giant Eagle in the Southside, but I’ve recently fallen in love with Squirrel Hill, especially an amazing thrift shop on Fifth and Murray.) I had planned to make a Cajun Meatloaf, with a side of peas and corn, egg noodles, and mashed potatoes. For dessert, we would have Brookies, a delightful combination of brownies and cookies. Although the ingredients did cost about $30, just as much as a classy meal for two, I was happy with my decision to cook.

At first, I was extremely worried that the kitchen would either be closed or occupied, so I called in advance and reserved the kitchen from 12-3. On Sunday, when we headed over to cook, I barely even knew where the Campus Ministry was. However, when I walked in under the little awning off to the side of Towers, I was shocked at how much this place had to offer. The kitchen was fully furnished (even with spices!!) and we didn’t need t bring any pots or pans. The oven and stove worked great and everything was really clean! With tons of couches and a big screen TV, there was plenty do while we were everything was in the oven. There were also many fun games, making this a great place to go with a group.

After cooking and waiting about two hours, we were ready for dinner. Luckily, my memory pulled through and everything came out great! The only glitch in the day was the fact that the kitchen seemed to be missing a can opener, omitting corn from our display. Nonetheless, I was very impressed with the Campus Ministry kitchen. I encourage you all to try it out, or just stop by to hang out!


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