How to Throw a Dinner Party

House parties and 21st birthday parties aren’t the only kind of parties it is important to master during college. Knowing how to throw a nice dinner party for friends or visiting family is a good skill to acquire in your early adult years in preparation for hosting holiday gatherings. The SoundSlides story below depicts a Mexican cuisine themed dinner party I hosted for my roommates and a couple of my friends. Together we made chicken quesadillas and Spanish rice. Chips and salsa and margaritas (we’re all of age) rounded out a meal. Sharing a meal was a great way to relax and take a break from homework and studying for midterms. When planning a dinner party it is important to make sure you have enough seating for everyone, so all of your guests can enjoy the conversation and not feel left out. Also, letting your guest know the theme and menu ahead of time can be helpful. For example, I like my Mexican food to be on the spicier side, but one of my guests prefers to keep things more mild. This is especially important if any of your guest have food restrictions such as lactose intolerance or gluten free. Another fun way to host a dinner party is to do it potluck style and assign guests a type of dish such as side dish, appetizer or dessert. This way you can learn about your friends’ favorite foods and talk about the memories they have surrounding sharing that dish with their family.

Chicken Quesadillas


1 package 8 in. tortillas

1 lb. chicken breasts

1 package chicken fajita seasoning

1 can refried beans

1 can diced tomatoes (drained)

1 green pepper

1 small white onion

2 cups cheese


Mix together refried beans and diced tomatoes. Finely chop green pepper and onion. Add chopped vegetables into bean mixture. Brown chicken and add fajita seasoning. Shred chicken and add to bean mixture. Add cheese to bean mixture. Place tortilla on a baking sheet and cover with a generous helping of quesadilla filling. Cover with another tortilla and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cut quesadilla into four pieces. Serve salsa for dipping.

Making Healthy Diet Choices In College

Making healthy choices in college can be difficult. Instead of a new recipe today’s post will feature an interview with Martha Harrouff a clinical dietician and graduate student who teaches the course Food and Your College Experience at the University of Iowa. The interview will discuss the types of skills students can learn from taking a nutrition course and offer helpful tips for those looking to make smarter food choices.

Audio Interview Transcript

In her interview Martha Harrouff talked a lot about My Plate. Due to the government shut down the USDA website is closed, but here is an example of what a correct meal should look like:


I did a little browsing around the internet and I found a recipe similar to the one Martha mentioned at the end of her interview. The cook at my sorority house used to make this at least once a week and it was one of my favorite side dishes! Hopefully I will be able to feature a quinoa story in the near future.

The Cookin’ Chicks: Quinoa with Black Beans, Corn and Feta

What types of strategies do you use to stay healthy while you are in college? Or if you are out of college what advice do you have? Let me know in the comments section.

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