Who's in the mood for a prison latte?
Not everyone can be the Martha Stewart of prison (mainly because Martha Stewart was the Martha Stewart of prison), but convicts do conduct fascinating kitchen experiments. One common meal is the "spread", which consists of a base of ramen with basically anything (meat, potato chips, etc.) mixed in. For a taste of Starbucks behind bars, the pros suggest running a carton of milk under hot water until it's steamy, then adding three spoonfuls of instant coffee and a maple syrup packet from breakfast. Boom: prison latte.
A taste of home for the holidays
Not every institution serves holiday dinners, but based on accounts from the cooks at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, and more, Thanksgiving meals can actually be solid. The roster might include turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and even pumpkin pie.
Some Christmas dinners skew similarly to Thanksgiving with turkey and gravy, though one man claims he got Cornish Game Hen! Goodie bags are also handed out in some jails, and they frequently include cookies and candy, while according to Mr. Cornish Game Hen himself, some lucky prisoners get cartons of eggnog in the haul.