Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken Tenders by Karina Nanez

Videography and Production by Tawny Davis 

Karina Nanez, a freshman communication studies, says that she combines cooking and family. Learning from her mother, she demonstrates how to make simple, yet delicious, chicken tenders. This is a dish anyone can make and is ver cheap too!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of chicken tenders
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
  • Seasoning of your choice

 

Directions

Cut off all the unnecessary fat off of the chicken. Place the chicken in the pan when all fat is cut off. Pour the oil over all the chicken, then with the seasoning your choice and the amount you want on it rub it all over the chicken. Flip over the chicken and repeat. Place the chicken in a 400 degree oven and bake for 12 minutes or desired time. When done take out and cut through each piece to see if all pieces are cooked through.

Mexican Egg Rolls and Crab Rangoon’s

Mexican Egg Rolls and Crab Rangoon’s by Nora Torres

Videography and Production by Joe Lopez

Nora Torres, a mother of four, shows her own personal twist on a family favorite dish. She combines her own flavor and ideas on the dish and explains where she got her cooking techniques from. Nora Torres, demonstrates that with a little motherly love in any dish can go a long way.

Ingredients

  • a dab of salt, lemon pepper, and any other spices preferred.
  • a bag of coleslaw
  • a bag of egg roll wraps
  • a bag of wonton wraps
  • cream cheese
  • crab meat or imitation crab meat
  • cooking oil
  • onions

Directions

Add ground beef into a pan with diced up onions and add your own preference of spices. Then once cooked, dump the meat into a bowl and mix with coleslaw evenly.

Next, dice up the bag of crab meat. Once finished, grab the crab meat and mix with cream cheese. Next, grab the ground beef mixed with coleslaw and wrap the beef into egg roll wraps and start to cook them for about 6 minutes or until crispy. Then grab the crab meat mixed with cream cheese and place into wonton wraps and cook them as well until crispy. Finally, let them cool off for about 5 minutes and they are ready to eat.

Sriracha Chicken Alfredo

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Sriracha Chicken Alfredo
Story and Photos by: Marissa Colunga

Surrounded by cooking her whole life, Miriam Robles, sophomore economics and international relations major, decided to make a meal she has never tried before: Sriracha Chicken Alfredo.

This dish combines both savory and creamy flavors into a delicious Italian cuisine.

Although this was her first time cooking this dish, it certainly didn’t show as she effortlessly chopped, mixed and diced like a well-seasoned chef.

“While I don’t cook in the residence halls, I tend to cook at home a lot more,” Robles says.

When Robles isn’t in the kitchen, she’s busy studying.

Her varied interests led her to a double major.

Her dream is to go to law school and eventually work for the ACLU as a civil rights attorney.

Her parents, who are avid chefs, helped blossom her love for cooking.

Showing her Hispanic roots, Robles loves to cook Mexican food.

Her favorite dishes are Chilaquiles and Albondigas soup.

“The reason I cooked this dish is because I’ve always loved Italian food and wanted to make a meal that is both easy to eat and quick to make,” Robles says.

“Because this dish is quick to make, you need to have all the ingredients on hand or run the risk of overcooking the meal. To make the meal even tastier, experiment with the amounts of servings. For example, you could add more Sriracha sauce if you are a fan of spices,” she advises.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • Fresh parsley as garnish

Makes 2 servings

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, Sriracha and a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and let the chicken cook for 3–4 minutes. Stir in shredded Parmesan and dried parsley. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Serve with fresh parsley as garnish.

 

Cheesy Pizza Roll Up

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Cheesy Pizza Roll Up
Story and Photos by Daniela Gonzalez

A lazy Saturday night, a Pinterest account, and a fully stocked refrigerator was all Travis Guerra, freshman computer science major, needed to create one of his all-time favorite dishes: A Cheesy Pizza Roll-Up.

“I really did not have anything else to do that Saturday. I was bored and too lazy to go out to actually buy food, so I decided to login to my secret Pinterest account and make something with the ingredients I had in my fridge,” Guerra says.

Guerra has a special love for Italian cuisine. He loves everything that the Italian culture has to offer, including its food delights. His favorite food to eat is homemade Lasagna. He also enjoys eating Chinese and Japanese food.

“Whenever friends from school come over, I make this dish for them. It is one of their favorites,” Guerra says. “Also, when I visit them at the residence halls, they ask me to make a pizza roll-up for them.”

Besides seeing this dish as a delicious and tasty meal, Guerra thinks the roll-up is fairly easy to do. Guerra says a person can fill the roll with almost anything they want. It does not have to be exactly like the instructions say to do it like.

“I keep on telling my friends that as long as they have an oven and a craving for Italian, this should be easy to do,” he says. “You can easily make the roll-ups in the dorm lounge, go back to your dorm, and have a relaxing evening with a great, delicious meal.”

Guerra believes this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether it is a quick meal to share with friends or a snack to munch on when watching a movie, making a pizza roll up should do the trick.

Ingredients

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury pizza dough
  • 2 cups of pepperoni
  • 1 block of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of sliced ham
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ¼ cup of pizza sauce

Directions

First, preheat the oven to 400 oF for 10 minutes. Next, expand the pizza dough on a metallic pan In a wooden cut board, cut the mozzarella cheese block and ham into small cheese slices. Place columns of pepperoni, ham, and mozzarella slices throughout the whole pizza dough mix. Spread the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pepperoni, ham, and mozzarella slices. Roll the pizza dough into a cylinder. Shut both ends of the cylinder so the filling won’t leak through. In a separate bowl, melt a stick of butter. Once melted, mix the butter with the tbsp. of pepper and tbsp. of salt. Spread the mix on top of the rolled dough. Put the rolled dough in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Once ready, let the roll chill for 5 minutes. Finally, in a separate bowl put some pizza sauce, cut the roll, serve, and enjoy!

Makes 2-3 servings.

Spicy Potatoes

 

Spicy Potatoes by Christy Chen
Videography and Production by Xu Yelu

Christy Chen, a freshman business major in St.Mary’s University. She is also a Chinese student who loves cooking Chinese food very much. An international chef, Christy shows us how to cook spicy potatoes in Chinese flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 ginger
  • 3 chilis
  • salt
  • vegetable oil

Directions
Start with washing the potatoes thoroughly. Then cut potatoes into slim slices. Cut ginger and chili after that. Pour the vegetable oil into the pot and wait for at least five seconds. When the pot is hot enough, put ginger and chili. Then add the potatoes and some water. Cook for five minutes and smell the scent to make sure that the dish is ready.

Finally, put the dishes out carefully and enjoy it!

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks by Aleira Urbina
Videography and Production by Daniela Gonzalez

Aleira Urbina, a student at St. Mary’s University, prepares her grandmother’s specialty dish of Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks. Aleira considers cooking one of her passions and has been cooking for over 10 years. She will demonstrate viewers how she prepares her specialty dish, and will reveal her best cooking tip to prepare it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 pizza crust cylinder
  • 1 pack of pepperoni
  • 10 mozzarella sticks
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic

Directions:

Before preparing the dish, preheat the oven at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a microwave for 40 seconds, and once it is ready spread it until it completely covers the cooking pan. Open the pizza crust cylinder, spread the dough over the cooking pan, and cut it in 10 rectangles. Put 3 pepperonis on top of each rectangle, then place 1 mozzarella stick on top of the pepperonis. Roll the dough until the mozzarella sticks are completely covered.

Once the sticks are completely rolled, spread the melted butter over the sticks and sprinkle pinches of garlic over the sticks. Put the sticks in the oven and let them bake for 10 minutes. Once ready, take them out of the oven, and put tomato sauce over each stick. Finally, serve and enjoy!

Smashed Cucumber

Smashed Cucumber by Xu Yelu
Videography and Production by Wu Chaolan

Xu Yelu is an exchange student from China. In the video, she shares her favorite Chinese food smashed cucumber and teaches us how to do it.

Ingredients

  • cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon soybean sauce
  • 3 teaspoon oil
  • green onion caraway

Directions
First, we have to clean the cucumber and then smashed the cucumbers with the knife. The chef puts the soybean sauce, the salt, the green onion caraway, and the hot oil together, and blends it. The final step is pouring the sauce into the cucumbers and shaking the cucumbers until all the sauce permeate into the cucumber.