Photo courtesy of Terri Dowd

Terri Dowd was working in the pharmaceutical industry before she “semi-retired” to focus on living in a new city and being a new mom. Finding herself striving to cook delicious, healthy meals for her family, she decided to document her kitchen creations in her blog, Parmesan Princess. Here she features the dishes she prepares for her family every day, from mouthwatering main courses to wish-she-was-my-mom desserts. One recipe was so good, Emeril featured it in a segment in Good Morning America. This year, along with chef David Carmine, she launched Between the Eats, an online cooking show.

Best meal I ate last week was the best Korean food I’ve ever had. And it’s really in the most unexpected place. You have to travel south of Pittsburgh to taste the best authentic Korean food—to Cecil, PA. And drive slowly because you might miss it in the nondescript stretch of highway. It is worth the trip every time.

The Golden Pig in Cecil, PA packs a ton of flavor into a very small restaurant—there are only 10 seats. The chef cooks homestyle meals that are amazing. The traditional Kimchi Chigae soup—which is almost a stew–tingles in your mouth and warms the belly. Spicy and savory—it’s perfect for a winter warm up!


I love any of the dishes that contain sweet potato noodles–like Jop-Chae. If you’ve never had these traditional Korean noodles, you’re in for a treat. The noodles are clear because they are made from the starch of the sweet potato. They not only taste great, they also have a unique chewy texture. They are definitely going to spark your taste buds. I think Jop-Chae really represents how creative Korean cuisine is in building textures and flavors. Not to miss!

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Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment....