Archive for February, 2011

Moe? What Time Will Dinner Be Ready? Spaghetti Vegetariani Al Moe

Spaghetti Vegetariani Al Moe

Pasta with a vegetable medley and optional cheesy “meat sauce!



What You Need:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Spaghetti
  • 1 can Black Olives
  • 2 small Zucchini
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 large Onion
  • 1 Jar of Tomato Sauce
  • a few shakes of Italian Seasoning
  • Optional: 2 Vegan Boca Burgers
  • Optional: 1 cup Parmesan Cheese

The Cooking:

  1. Chop Zucchini, Peppers, Onion, and Garlic
  2. Fill a pot of water to boil your spaghetti in. Set heat on high.
  3. In a separate, large skillet, heat some oil and the garlic on med-high. Keep the garlic moving so it wont burn.
  4. After about a minute add the chopped onion, zucchini, and peppers. Sprinkle Italian Seasonings over veggies and turn heat to high. Keep the veggies moving almost constantly until they reach your desired softness. Remove from heat.
  5. When the pot of water begins to boil, add your spaghetti and follow noodle instructions for desired texture.
  6. While noodles are cooking slice olives into thirds and set aside.
  7. After noodles are fully cooked, drain and place back in cooled pot. Cover pasta with cooked veggies and add sliced olives. Mix!
  8. In the same sauce pan that you sautéed the veggies, heat desired amount of sauce on medium heat

Optional Cheesy “Meat” Sauce:

  1. While spaghetti is boiling, microwave your Boca Burgers on a plate for about 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer burgers to the toaster oven and bake for about another 2 minutes.
  3. While the burgers are cooking, add parmesan cheese to the sauce. Mix well.
  4. When the burgers are fully cooked tear or cut into chunks and add to sauce. Stir thoroughly. Heat until sauce reaches desired temperature



The Food! Aka Feasting

Food: Generally agreed to be one of the best things about CHUM

A lot of what we do revolves around food. Like most groups of friends, food is a socializing thing for CHUM. We have get togethers specifically for the purpose of gorging ourselves on food (CHUMPsgiving; our version of Thanksgiving) and even have a groceries committee.

We spend ridiculous amounts of time eating, cooking, talking about food, talking about buying/ dumpstering food, thinking about what we will eat or cook later, etc etc  (I have personally spent more then 2 hours at the grocery store in the past).

There are 3 kinds of Dinners we cook for:

Community Potlucks

Every Sunday we have a CHUM community pot luck that members, friends, family, neighbors, anyone, is invited to.

CHUM Dinners

At least once a week, one of the three CHUM houses hosts a dinner that all members can attend and a bring a few friends.

House Dinners

In my house, we also take turns cooking dinner every night. This usually means that for at least 6 days of the week we have a home cooked and delicious meal.

For the most part, all of our house dinners are vegetarian and all the food that we prepare for the CHUM dinners and Community potlucks is vegan!

Stay Tuned for…

“Moe? What Time Will Dinner Be Ready?” posts featuring all the meals that yours truly prepares with love for her roomies/ CHUM community

Warning?* I am very much an experimental chef so keep in mind that most measurements are ball park at best and the recipes are intended for 5 people or more and leftovers!


With a meager six and a half months of living in a student cooperative under my belt, I have come to the conclusion that the essence of cooperative living is different for each person who experiences it. CHUM (Cooperative Housing University of Maryland, College Park) is currently made up of 3 houses and about 20 members. All 20 of us agreed to buy into this notion of cooperative living rather blindly as,before August 2010, CHUM existed as an idea only. All 20 members have their own interpretations of what CHUM means and where CHUM is going.

This blog, unless otherwise noted, is one person’s take on cooperative living and the experience of living in just one of the three CHUM houses. CHUM Life, for me, is about the people, the experiences, the trials and errors, and the food!

In the wise words of David: “This is a process!” and it is my hope that through this blog the success, stumbles, good times, and bad of CHUM’s second semester will be accesible to students at UMD, students from other universities that have their own co-ops, anyone dying to start their own co-op, people who have no clue what a co-op is, and everyone in between.

Peace & Cooperation,