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To try fish tacos, click here for the recipe.
It's the start of the third week of school, and we're all settled into our new house (officially "Terrace Apartment", one of the three types of senior housing here at Vassar). After some pretty diligent searching on Craigslist, we still ended up getting most of our stuff from Ikea--including a lot of the kitchenware that we didn't bring from our homes or buy at the supermarket--thanks to the lack of a car. I can pretty confidently say that we now have one of the most extensively outfitted kitchens at school, thanks in no small part to all four of us liking food so much, and also thanks to parents with duplicates of things like poultry shears.
As soon as I found out about some of the specific likes and dislikes of my housemates (mostly a preference for less meat than I'm used to at home, both thanks to expenses and tastes), I knew exactly what I wanted to make for my first full meal for everyone: fish tacos. I'd only had them twice before--the first time on my junior year abroad semester while in Tokyo (the program had no cafeteria, so it was either eat out or cook for yourself), and the second this summer--it was one of my favorites of the recipes I tried.
Our first trip to Stop & Shop three weeks ago consisted mostly of a combination of essential staples and frozen food, haphazardly gathered as we were still settling into the house and too-hungrily going up and down each aisle. Once we'd all decided our first meals (the other three were miso-glazed salmon with rice and green beans, chicken and olive orzo salad, and tofu stir-fry--again, we all like food) we went back for a second, more comprehensive shopping expedition.