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When you tell people that you’re a college student, the first few images that come to mind are probably:

1. Beer

2. Instant Noodles

3. More Instant Noodles

4. Caffeine

For some reason, it seems to be a little difficult for people to believe that college students can cook real food. It might be even harder to believe that college students can cook well.

Well, I proudly prove these beliefs wrong with my discovery of Wolverine CuiZine.

Wolverine CuiZine is a newly opened food-related blog/webzine/magazine that opened at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (aka, my Uni). The blog is manned by students who, like you and I, love food. I discovered the blog one day when I was walking out of a computer lab and actually paused to write the contact information down on my arm in pen!

CuiZine covers a variety of topics and doesn’t focus on cooking only. The blog team also covers various food-related events on, or close to, campus, such as the Ann Arbor farmer market, as well as restaurant reviews and segments on eating healthy.

Despite it being a fledgling club/blog, CuiZine welcomes everyone as long as they like food. Even though I had only just contacted the editors of the blog, I was immediately and warmly invited to a potluck CuiZine was hosting on  campus.

For you parents with children in University or college, CuiZine just goes to show that Instant Noodles aren’t the only method of surviving. With reader-friendly posts, Wolverine CuiZine offers “College Food 101” to all those who visit its pages.

A photo taken by Cathy Fan when Wolverine CuiZine bloggers visited the Farmer's Market

This is my version of a  frozen computer (because I don’t have a TV) dinner.

Unlike most of the food I have here in the blog, this wasn’t made by me (except the steamed vegetables). This is made, with love, from my parents back in California before I came back here in the beginning of September for school.

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Yikes!

Sorry about the long hiatus everyone! It was unannounced (and sort of unexpected). The truth is I’ve been busy looking for summer jobs and such. But besides that, I was cooking until my mom practically asked me to stop. (lol!)

She didn’t actually ask me to stop, but she has shown that she doesn’t really like my foods. She’s  a person who overwhelmingly prefers Chinese food, which is my dad’s specialty, so I’ve been going to the basics (which I never actually did) and was working on sharpening my knife skills (excuse the pun) and other basic kitchen skills.

I was feeling good about myself until I nearly cut off a nail with a meat cleaver some time ago and have been a bit apprehensive about picking up a knife again. But I persevered, and will probably be doing a dump of photos and recipes soon since my mom’s left to visit relatives.

Thanks for the comments that were left during the hiatus! I’m working on making it up to you all!

But meanwhile, anyone else want to share their scary kitchen experiences? I remember once how a boiling kettle of water (somehow) caught on fire in our kitchen. As shocking and frightening as it was, it looked pretty cool…

*Warning* Picture heavy! My browser actually froze a couple times while I was writing this.This is probably because I just can’t decide what looks most delicious…

Although most of these posts are probably going to be about me making something, there will also be moments when I talk about food I ate, and yesterday was very food heavy.

As with any “祭” or “fesitval” there will be food and performances, and the JCF was no exception. There were activities for all ages (although I think the older people probably focused more on the food). There were musical performances by local bands and performers, which included “Miyabi” a local group of artists that play traditional Japanese instruments, such as the koto and shamisen. The Kendo Club was also featured, although I didn’t participate even though I’m a part of it (-goes and hides-).

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