My name is Kayla, a senior biology major and nutrition minor from Minnesota. When I’m not at dance practice, or studying for test, you can find me in the kitchen updating my food blog, “The College Dish,” a food blog geared towards college students, and inspiring them to cook.
My interest in creating a food blog has stemmed from a longtime love of cooking. Some of my favorite days as a child involved helping my mom in the kitchen; specifically, licking any batter filled bowl I could find. By ten years old, my favorite shows were found on the Food Network and if I wasn’t watching that, I was re-watching episodes from my Rachael Ray box sets. While it seemed odd at the time that one of my greatest childhood passions was learning to cook, I could not be more thankful for this knowledge as a now, college student.
I’m a strong believer that today’s high-schoolers and college students are the next generation of parents, educators, and even dinner party hosts – learning to cook is important, especially in college. More importantly, with diet related illnesses so prevalent in today’s society, it is critical for young people to take control of their own health. I believe that one way to do this is to spark an interest in cooking with fresh ingredients, eliminating the need for drive through dinners or sodium packed Ramen for every meal.
With this in mind, I set forth to create an Instagram based cooking blog with college students in mind. My blog, “The College Dish” launched in May of 2015, working to present simple, yet delicious recipes that college students would be able to manage with limited time, money and space. I hoped to inspire students to think outside of the box and find that healthy eating can be achieved on a college budget, and even from a dorm room equipped with nothing but a mini fridge and microwave.
Now only a few months old, The College Dish has grown from a small following of my close family and friends, to a following representing over 300 universities from around the country. It has been so much fun turning one of my greatest passions into something I can share with others! Thank you for taking the time to visit The College Dish, I appreciate your support more than you know!