Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q & A: Does your family have a secret recipe?

By the Amazing Kids! Staff


Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff here? Check out our Q&A with some of the Online Magazine staff members; their responses to these questions are below!

Does your family have a secret recipe? Why is it so special?

Sharon (Editor-in-Chief):  Whenever I remember days from my childhood, there’s always the smell of my grandmother in the kitchen, stirring her giant wok with a colorful assortment of various vegetables, seafoods, and salty nubs of meat. I would close my eyes to imagine being back in her homeland, where she had come from, and she would tell me long stories about lazy summer nights, hectic schooldays, and farmers who worked from dawn to sunset. Her best dish, ding bian hu, roughly translates to bowl noodles. It is a dish made in a wok. First, you would heat it up with water until it began steaming. Then you would pour batter onto the sides and immediately scrape it off when it began to cook. Next, you would add in the vegetables, meats, and seasonings, repeating with batter and seasoning until you had a steaming hot bowl of delicious memories!

Cathy Yan (Amazing Kids! Adventures and Global Village Editor): My family does not create recipes from scratch. Instead, we search up recipes online and twist those to our own liking. We never have a fixed recipe for something; every time we make it, it will be different. It’s not our recipes that are special, it’s our method of cooking that is.

Megan Weaver (Contributing Writer): My family has a brown sugar fudge recipe that has been passed down from my grandpa, who I call Papa, to my mom, to me! This recipe is so simple, you just need sugar, brown sugar, and a couple other ingredients that are found around the house. Because it was so simple, my Papa always used to sneak to the kitchen at night and make a batch for a midnight snack. It takes a lot of patience and expertise to wait for the fudge to reach just the right temperature so it took me awhile to get the hang of it. My family loves to enjoy brown sugar fudge whenever we get together on holidays and special occasions!

Sarina Patel (Contributing Writer): The secret recipe in my family is my mom’s quesadillas. It’s so splendid that after just one bite, your tongue will sit up and sing a-cappella!
The way my mom makes the quesadillas is magical. Truthfully, the secret lies in many ingredients. Instead of using the standard American cheddar, my mom uses the creamy extra-sharp Cabot cheese. She makes homemade tortillas; instead of the store-bought ones. Additionally, my mom adds fresh cilantro and red onions for an extra kick. Sometimes, she’ll even add round green olives. But all those ingredients don’t quite make up the apex of the pyramid! No, what REALLY takes the cake is the turkey.

Instead of using simple chicken, my mother takes the dish to a whole new level by adding Salsalito turkey; which has both flavor and spice- the perfect combination! When I watch her, I always notice that she doesn’t make the recipe too cheesy, or too spicy. That way, everything is perfectly balanced; with just enough flavor to make you want more. In conclusion, some people call cooking a science. They say it involves precision and exact measurements in order to get the perfect food. However, I say that cooking is an art. It’s not meant to be a chore OR a bore: in fact, when done right, cooking is actually fun! Add a dash of pepper, a sprinkling of salt; and cooking can be an enjoyable experience for everyone!