Thai Lettuce Wraps

My mom couldn’t stop raving over this recipe. She loves The Cheesecake Factory’s Thai lettuce wraps and said this recipe tasted just like them. I like to add both sauces in my lettuce wrap at a time, but you’re open to assemble your wrap any way you’d like. This recipe is great because it’s pretty…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe was taught to me by my mother, who was taught by her Sephardic Jewish grandmother. My great-grandma Bella was originally from what is now Turkey, but immigrated to the U.S. during WWII. I’ve only had this meal a few times, but it’s delicious to make when you’re in the mood and you have…

Honey Sriracha Chicken

My brother found this recipe online and knew he had to have it that night. We already had all the ingredients so it worked out well. We figured we wanted a crunch to it as well, so we sliced up a red and yellow bell pepper then added it in at the end. It was delicious…

Honey Pepper Salmon

This was my first time attempting this recipe created by my mom. It was delicious. The soy honey pepper sauce was so flavorful and easy to put together. You just have to watch it like a hawk, because one moment it was fine, the next it was boiling over, making my whole stove sticky (not fun)….

Grilled Lemon-Parsley Pork Chops

I originally made this last summer for my father and I. My mother and brother weren’t home and we were starving. I saw what we had in the freezer were thick pork chops and in the fridge were lemons and fresh parsley. If you ask my father, he will rave over that time it was…

Thai Coconut Chicken Stir Fry

This was my first time cooking with coconut milk. It’s delicious. What’s nice about coconut milk is it’s super healthy, plus it gives a unique flavor you can’t really get from anywhere else. I got this recipe from Thai Kitchen. I used their brand of coconut milk. This recipe is so easy; less than 10 ingredients…

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Apples

This is my mother’s spin on the classic pairing of pork and apples. The prep is simply seasoning the meat and slicing the apple and shallot. My favorite apple is the Gala apple, known for being one of the best apples for baking. However, I love eating it by itself or dipped in peanut butter,…

Beef Stew

So depending on whether or not you have a Dutch Oven pot and/or a Crock Pot, the time for this recipe varies. I will say, the longer you let it sit (at a lower temperature), the more melt-in-your-mouth it gets. I don’t own a Dutch Oven, but I do own a hamidown Crock Pot. This was…

The Chew’s Chef Michael Symon’s Peirogies

I am a huge fan of the tv show, The Chew. I am also a huge fan of peirogies. For those who don’t know what peirogies are, there are like the Polish version of raviolis or dumplings and are usually filled with potatoes and cheese, but sometimes meat and/or vegetables too. I was introduced to…

Thai Peanut Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

I came up with this recipe by incorporating some of my favorite Asian meals during my first year of living off-campus during college. I always have all the ingredients in the house, so it’s convenient when you don’t know what to make for dinner the evening of. The preparation time varies, depending on how long you want…

Chicken Francese

I grew up eating this as a regular school night dinner. This is my mom’s recipe, but I added lemon juice from a container instead of juice from real lemons, because it’s more affordable for me and it’s easier than having fresh produce in the house (I still have not mastered having only fresh produce, plus it’s…

Light Chicken Marsala with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I’m not a big fan of mushrooms, but this recipe my mother revamped with sun-dried tomatoes gives it a lot of flavor, and using Lipton’s onion and mushroom mix still gives it that Marsala taste. It’s easy to make on a weeknight and really light because the chicken isn’t breaded. Chef Paul’s poultry seasoning is my…