Creamed Spinach

I love creamed spinach, especially with a piece of steak. I always thought it took so much to make creamed spinach and I was a bit weary making this for the first time, but it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. It also came out delicious. I couldn’t stop eating it! Traditional…

Egg Fried Rice

This is my own recipe I’ve made up over the years. You can add any vegetables you want; I just used what was in my apartment. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 people Ingredients: White or Jasmine rice Bell pepper, minced Onion, min ed 1 egg 1/2 tsp. Sesame oil 1/4…

NY Strip with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pan Sauce

This recipe is an adaption of my mother’s recipe: Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pan Sauce and Creamed Spinach. Being a somewhat broke 20-something-year-old, buying a NY strip is a splurge in itself, so filet was out of the question. I didn’t have any goat cheese or pancetta in my apartment, so I made…

Korean Sizzling Beef Tacos

This recipe I found on Pinterest, and even though I’m post-college, I’m still broke, so instead of a flank steak, I used ground beef. The marinade in this still gives it tons of flavor and isn’t any less gourmet in my book. However, since I only used about 1/4 lb. of ground beef, I changed…

Mexican Black Beans

I came up with this recipe based on what ingredients I know are in Mexican dishes as well as based on what I just had in my apartment. It was quick and easy to make, and came out delicious. It was a great side dish to make with my tacos for dinner on a busy…

Nutella Pecan Brownies

This recipe takes a bit longer to bake than regular brownies because the Nutella makes it so gooey. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 40-50 Minutes Cook To: 350° F Servings: 8-12 people Ingredients: 2/3 c. Nutella 3/4 c. melted butter 1 1/4 c. sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 c. all-purpose flour…

Banana Walnut Bites

I love this recipe because it gives purpose to long-forgotten bananas and you don’t have to throw food away. This recipe is light and fluffy and a great snack for any time of day. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes Cook To: 350° F Servings: 8-12 people Ingredients: 4 bananas (as ripe as…

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…