Fordham Food Blogger: Let Me Recommend This

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Photography by: Meaghan Courtney

Jackie Scacco was three years old when her passion for cooking blossomed. Inspired by her Italian roots and her grandmother cooking for her family, Scacco quickly became a helping hand in the kitchen. “Helping my Nona when I was younger made me feel like I was a part of the meal, and made me feel good,” Scacco explains, “When I make food for others, it just makes me happy”.

Although her passion for cooking began with her family, Scacco has started to share that same passion and knowledge with others. Let Me Recommend, Scacco’s Instagram dedicated to food, is intended to “make people realize that cooking is not hard." Scacco uses Let Me Recommend as a platform in order to inspire others to use ingredients already in their kitchen, tap into their creativity, and create new recipes.

Let Me Recommend is filled with tons of fun and quick recipes that appeal to college students aiming to start (or continue) a healthy, balanced lifestyle. “Eating a healthier meal you made yourself gives you an overall healthier view on food." Scacco states, “When you have a healthier attitude towards food you improve your lifestyle and how you feel on a day to day basis.”

How can you get into cooking and practicing a healthier lifestyle? Well first off, follow LetMeRecommend, and allow yourself to let inspiration in. “Go into different shops in the Bronx, become inspired by products, and be creative, because sometimes your own inner recipe is the best,” Scacco advises, “I also always encourage people to become inspired by my recipes, swap a few ingredients, and make it their own.”

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With finals week coming up, it is more important now than ever to fuel your body with healthy meals that are quick and easy to make. Scacco has given us this yummy recipe to get us through finals; whether you get creative and make it your own is totally up to you.


  • 1 package of drumsticks, mine had 8 drumsticks

  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of toasted sesame oil

  • juice of 3 limes

  • handful of roughly chopped fresh basil and mint

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 TBSP of honey

  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, and baking powder

  • 2 cups of brown rice

  • 1/2 cup of peas, frozen and boiled to cook

  • 1/2 of corn, frozen and boiled to cook

  1. In a ziplock bag, add 2 TBSP of baking powder, spices and chicken. Bake in the oven on 350F for 20 minutes then on broil for another 8-10 minutes. Once cooked mix with sauce.

  2. To make sauce: combine soy sauce, lime, sesame oil, honey, garlic, scallions, herbs, and vinegar.

  3. Cook rice as directed on package. Mix with vegetables. Add about 3 TBSP of sauce.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

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