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American Chop Suey

The ingredients used to make Victoria's American Chop Suey

Shopping List:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 box of elbow noodles
  • 1 can of desired tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced

From the spice cabinet:

  • 2 bay leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Total cost: ~$15

My little sister is an amazing cook. No matter how many or how little ingredients you have in the kitchen, she will be able to whip something together. She probably gets this from our dad. So, when I asked her what her favorite recipe was and why, she had an immediate response.

"American Chop Suey. It reminds me of home," Victoria Doucette said. "I would have this for my birthday dinner every year when I was a little girl. Dad taught me how to make it before I left for college so that I could make it myself."

Italian is one of Victoria's favorite foods, and she not only enjoys eating it, but cooking it as well.

"If I feel ambitious, I can make the tomato sauce from scratch instead of from a can, which makes it even better. There's a lot of room for creativity when choosing spices and other veggies to add in."

As with most recipes, you can modify this one to your own likings.

The L&L Bomb

The ingredients used to make the L&L Bomb sandwich

Shopping List*:

  • 2 slices of top-round steak meat, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 3 slices of Genoa salami
  • A few green peppers, sliced
  • A few onions, sliced
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • 1 French baguette or Cuban roll

From the spice cabinet:

  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

  • Total cost: ~$17-$20

    *- The amounts listed are the quantities for one sandwich.

    Originally called The Bomb, this sandwich came from a small suburb of Boston called Beverly, Mass. My grandfather was born and raised there and lived there for a good portion of his life. There was a famous deli, called Kaiser's Deli, on the corner down the street from his house, and every time he passed by, there was always a line coming out of the door.

    "Everyone wanted 'The Bomb' sandwich. That's what they were known for," Lou Doucette said. "They only used the freshest of ingredients. The bread was always soft and the steak was always cut so thinly. I don't think I've ever got my meat that thin."

    When he decided to move his family to Miami, my grandfather, Lou, decided to whip up some of the popular sandwiches because he was feeling homesick. To his surprise, the whole family was overjoyed.

    Lou used all of the same ingredients as Kaiser's Deli except for one: the French baguette. Instead, he used a fresh Cuban roll.

    "When my dad and I started running our business together, we began to throw an annual New Years Day party. Together, we would make the sandwiches for over 100 guests. That's when we decided to name it the Lou & Lee Bomb, and we've been doing it ever since," Lee Doucette said.

    Making these sandwiches every New Years Day has become an annual tradition in my family for the last 51 years.

Ellie's Tropical Smoothie

The ingredients used to make the Ellie's Tropical Smoothie

Shopping List:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 of a pineapple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds

From the spice cabinet:

  • Honey

Total cost: ~$15-$20

When I first moved in with my current roommate, Ellie Harrington, I didn't know that she was extremely interested in nutrition and eating healthy. She started her own garden and buys fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmer's market every week.

Over the last couple of months, Ellie has been experimenting with a variety of different kinds of smoothies. Every morning you can hear the faint humming of the blender in the kitchen as Ellie makes her breakfast.

"I've always loved smoothies. They're so good and are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients," Ellie said. "My mom used to make me a smoothie every morning in elementary and middle school, and she was the one who taught me that lemon always adds a twist to any smoothie."

Ellie said she's been using this recipe weekly since she graduated college, and it has been one of her favorite concoctions that she's made so far.

"I've been really interested in using different kinds of fruits and vegetables that you normally wouldn't think of putting in a smoothie. That's why I decided to include the spinach and avocado in this recipe," Ellie said.