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.


  • 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


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!

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice by Susan Adcock
Videography and Production by Steal Adcock

Susan Adcock, mother to Steal Adcock who attends St. Mary’s University, makes her Mexican Rice with special spices and the high-quality Jasmine Rice. An experienced cook since the age of 8, Adcock demonstrates how to cook this style of Mexican Rice while giving necessary advice on adding different ingredients.


  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 cup of jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of water


In a medium skillet, heat up two tablespoons of oil. Chop up a medium sized onion into small square pieces and add this to the skillet and cook till the onion slices are tender. Add one cup of jasmine rice and two tablespoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of garlic, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 of cayenne, salt, and pepper to add flavor. Stir well and add two cups of water.

Bring to a boil, cover the skillet with a tight lid, and cut the burner down to a simmer. Simmer the rice for ten minutes and serve warm.

Lemon Pepper Salmon

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Lemon Pepper Salmon by Maria Angela Zavala
Story and Photos by Mariajose Romero

College students face constant challenges everyday. Who would’ve thought that food would also be one of them? Between the low budgets, lack of time, and constant unhealthy food options, it’s hard to keep a healthy diet.

Originally from Honduras, Maria Angela Zavala is a finance and risk management senior at St. Mary’s University. What caught her attention about St. Mary’s is the welcoming community. When she first arrived to campus, she found everyone really nice and friendly.

“At first, I was scared for the change but after meeting people the transition was easy. I quickly adapted to the cultural change,” Zavala says.

One of her main priorities has always been keeping a healthy diet and exercising, which is why seafood is Zavala’s favorite type of food. Fish is a versatile dish to prepare and has several health benefits. For example, it helps to maintain cardiovascular health, reduces depression and mental decline, and the omega 3 fatty acids in fish may reduce the risk of many types of cancers by 30-50 percent.

Lemon-Pepper Salmon is a recipe that is special to Zavala because her mom would always prepare this meal back home.

“I enjoy the process, it is so simple, easy to cook, and tasty!” she says. “You may also grill the salmon with medium heat instead of using the oven.”

It is also not an expensive dish to prepare.

“I never spend more than $20 on groceries to prepare this meal. That’s why I love it so much,” Zavala says. Zavala recommends to avoid overcooking salmon.
“The center of your salmon should flake and have a pinkish color,” she advises.

Zavala offers other tips, such as adding some cayenne pepper for a little spice; after serving the salmon pour the extra sauce on top of it for a tastier flavor; and if this dish is to acid in taste, serve it with something sweet on the side.


  • 1 lb salmon fillet
  • 1/4 c sour orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano



Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Cut and squeeze 2 lemons to prepare the lemon juice. Place the fresh salmon on a plate. Pour on top together the lemon juice, sour orange juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then add the salmon skin side up into the skillet. Cook for about 1 minute until the flesh is baked. Place the skillet into the preheated oven, and cook until the salmon flakes with a fork. Serve and enjoy!