Cooking

Growing up, I didn't cook for myself all that much. I was lucky enough to have my grandmother living at home with my family and me, so she cooked for all of us. When I moved into my dorm after high school, I mainly ate at the food courts on campus - so basically fast food. I found myself missing homecooked meals all the time. On my visits back home, I would ask my grandmother if I could help her cook and in the process learn from her.

When I finally moved into my own apartment, I was excited to start cooking for myself and experimenting in the kitchen. I think it's safe to say that I'm the best cook out of my siblings. When I visit my sisters, I'm usually the one whipping something up in the kitchen. I enjoy cooking because it's like a puzzle and in the end I get to share my food with my family and friends.

My love for cooking started when I lived in my dorm room. I would watch video after video on YouTube. Rosanna Pansino, Binging with Babish, and Bon Appetit are my top favorite channels to watch when I want inspiration in the kitchen. I don't think I'm good at coming up with fresh recipes, so I turn to YouTube to find new dishes to try and make my own. Currently, I've been cooking a variety of Asian dishes like broccoli beef, dumplings, and lots of stir-frys.

From the Test Kitchen | Bon Appétit

Latest Recipe

Chicken Parmesan from AllRecipes
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh mozzarella
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl, set aside.
  2. Place flour in a sifter or strainer; sprinkle over chicken breasts, evenly coating both sides.
  3. Dip flour coated chicken breast in beaten eggs. Then coat chicken with breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into both sides. Set aside breaded chicken breasts for about 15 minutes.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven.
  5. Place chicken on a baking dish and top each breast with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven.
  8. Place chicken on a baking dish and top each breast with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.