How to microwave Thanksgiving dinner in your dorm room

Something tells me it didn't look like this

This DIY piece comes from Jenna Johnson, the Washington Post‘s higher-ed writer:

Cook a Thanksgiving feast in your dorm microwave

I invited six of my friends over for dinner on Saturday night and excitedly told them I would cook everything in my microwave. My enthusiasm was not quite matched. “Should I bring a pizza in case it doesn’t work out??” one friend emailed back. My own mother deemed this a “bad idea.”

MY MICROWAVED THANKSGIVING MENU

* Pecan Pesto Roasted Turkey Breasts (recipe)

* Sweet Potatoes with Apples & Cranberries (recipe)

* Watergate Salad (recipe)

* Stuffing

* Cranberry Sauce

* Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

* Cranberry Spritzers

* Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

* No-Bake Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust (recipe)

The results? I’d have my doubts, but Johnson insists:

… Seven of us crowded around a table packed with food. Everyone kept commenting that this didn’t look like a dorm Thanksgiving, and that the food was not only edible, but surprisingly delicious.

Read the full post — complete with recipes, photos and instructions — here.