Friday, December 8, 2017

Great Cooking Videos!

Cooking has always been a passion of mine.  My family thinks this is great!  I like to try a wide range of recipes.  I love to watch the cooking shows because they give you a whole new perspective and appreciation for food.  I have learned so many tricks and tips from some of these cooking videos. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stephen Iwerebon - Easy Meals for College Kids

As a home chef with a passion for cooking and developing new recipes, Stephen Iwerebon is reaching out to college students this fall to help them make healthy, easy choices when it comes to their college diets.

It’s that time of the year again! This month hundreds of thousands of college students are making the transition from home town to college town. With the move comes excitement of friends and freedom but the move also brings homework, papers, and no more easy access to your parents' fridge. For many students, this means stocking up on packs of Easy-Mac and Ramen Noodles, but it doesn't have to be this way.

Chef Stephen Iwerebon is encouraging students to explore some easy, healthy, and delicious meal options this year.

You won’t even need your old cafeteria meal plan because he has come up with the easiest and most delicious meal that is cost effective, time effective, and easy to do. Stephen Iwerebon was in college once and remembers scrambling to find good food that fit into his college-kid-budget. Cooking and meal planning was one of his biggest stressors in college, but now it’s one of his greatest joys. Stephen Iwerebon hopes that he can impart some of his wisdom and make it one of your greatest college joys as well!
Stephen Iwerebon Recipes

The first meal is simple and quick! It’s called Rice and Bean Soup. This meal only takes 5 minutes to prepare and two hours to cook. This makes it a fantastic study dinner! Throw it in the oven while you study and take a nice study break to eat it when the timer goes off! This particular recipe will yield 4 servings, so go ahead and have yourself a small study party while you’re at it! Or, if you’re like Stephen Iwerebon and like to travel around or study alone, throw it in the fridge in a Tupperware container- it’ll hold for a week refrigerated.

  • Red Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Uncooked rice
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Frozen Corn
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
You will need 1 cup of Red beans, 1 cup of black beans, 1 cup of rice, 3 Sweet potatoes, 2 garlic cloves, 10 ounces diced tomatoes, 8 ounces frozen corn, 8 ounces tomato sauce, frozen corn, 2 tablespoons olive oil.

  • Boil beans in a sauce pan, let them soak for 90 minutes
  • Drain the water
  • Add new water – about two inches of water above the beans
  • Turn the heat up until the water begins to boil
  • As soon as the water boils, lower the heat to a medium temperature. Cook on this temperature for 88 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, tomato dices, and garlic
  • In the 88th minute, add 1 cup of rice, add more water as needed.
  • After rice is added, cook for another 2 minutes (the beans will have cooked for 90 minutes total)
  • Cook the corn (as the package directs)
  • Slit the sweet potatoes and place them in a baking dish that is ¼ inch filled with water, and cover with foil. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes
  • Add the corn into the beans and rice mixture

Now take your study break and eat a delicious, easy, and cheap home-cooked meal! Mom will be so proud!

For more easy college recipe ideas, be sure to follow Stephen Iwerebon on Pinterest:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Stephen Iwerebon: Favorite Winter Recipes

Stephen Iwerebon loves cooking and experimenting with new dishes.

He especially loves coming up with themed and seasonal dishes all year long. 

Best Cold Winter Night Dishes
Home chef Stephen Iwerebon believes there is a comfort food out there for every occasion and reason. Some bring back memories, some make us feel better and some warm us up or cool us off. Tis’ the winter season and the snow is falling and the temperatures are dropping beyond chilly. Let’s take a look at some of those warm your belly dishes.
Stephen Iwerebon Winter Recipes

The Dishes
  • Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Porkolt (Hungarian Stew)
These are some favorite cold weather dishes recommended by Stephen Iwerebon. Each one brings comfort, warmth and even memories of childhood and holiday gatherings. Each one of these is a must try during the cold winter months. 
Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti
This is a favorite for all ages, the great taste of chicken parmesan and baked ziti in one dish. This is a simple 6-ingredient dish. Stephen Iwerebon has found this to be a very comforting dish for those nights when you want something simple, tasty and warming. 
Beef Stroganoff
A creamy favorite loved by all. With tender strips of beef and mushrooms in a cream sauce served over noodles, this Russian dish is a comfort food across the globe. 
It a favorite dish for Stephen Iwerebon year round but he especially loves it in the wintertime when it’s cold outside. This is easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser for all ages.
Cabbage Rolls
As a gardener, Stephen Iwerebon loves cabbage rolls as a classic dish. He loves making this for his family year round but his favorite time to make this simple dish is during the winter holidays. He loves having all the kids in the kitchen helping make the rolls. 
This dish is another comfort food found in many variations around the world. It can be found made with a red sauce or a broth. Every ethnicity has put their spin on this fan favorite. It makes a great crock-pot dish and excellent leftovers. 
It is a Hungarian stew. Great for those cold winter lunches or dinners, this is another childhood favorite for Stephen Iwerebon. It is a very fragrant stew as well as great tasting. This was always a great dish when he was sick or had a busy day at school while attending Penn State University
The blissful aroma of paprika and bell peppers will fill the room with this stew. Not only will it make a nice winter warm up dinner it will make the room feel warm and inviting. The generous amount of paprika used in this dish is what sets it aside from other beef stews. This dish is served mainly in central Europe. 
The Wrap

These 4 dishes are all amazing in their own way. They each come from a different culture, and bring a favorite flavor of that culture to the table. These dishes are great year round, but even better during those cold winter days when you just want to keep warm.
To learn more about Stephen Iwerebon and his favorite dishes and recipes, check out his profile on Quora: