My name is Amber Gibson. I attended culinary school where I met my husband. We both graduated in 2010. I graduated with a pastry arts degree and I have done some cake decorating in the past. I worked as a cook and supervisor at a restaurant called Champions in a downtown Indianapolis Marriott hotel for eight years. While working for Champions, it gave me opportunities to grow as a chef by helping design the menus, organize and prepare food for parties, and placing orders. While I have had special dietary requests from guests of the restaurant, nothing would challenge me more than the special diet necessary for my daughter. Samantha was born in June of 2015 with Homocystinuria. Similarly, to PKU, she has to have a protein restricted diet. She has really broadened my ideas for food and menus. I have more knowledge of different vegetables, fruits, and nondairy products than I could ever imagine having learned in culinary school. Nothing empowers you to learn more than experience. Thanks to my daughter and her needs, I have been able to gain such experience and through this experience I will share with you the recipes I have been able to recreate for her and our beloved HCU and Allied Disorders community.


Cheesy Vegetable Etouffee

Cheesy Vegetable Etouffee

Amber Gibson

My husband and I enjoy going to a Creole restaurant called Yats and my daughter always wants to try it. I came up with this recipe to be similar to the chili cheese etouffee that...

Marsala Mushrooms

Marsala Mushrooms

Amber Gibson

My favorite dish is chicken marsala. I just love the meld of flavors, so I wanted to make something Samantha could enjoy. Serve these with your choice of pasta or as an accompaniment...

Mock ground beef

Mock ground beef

Amber Gibson

This is the recipe I use when I want to make meatballs, "meat" for burgers, taco meat, etc. It takes a little time, but it is versatile. This is the basic recipe. You can add your...

Pineapple Sauce

Pineapple Sauce

Amber Gibson

This is a great way to use those leftover cores from cutting a fresh pineapple. They add just a hint of pineapple flavor and it is great to use for stir fry, jackfruit wings, or...

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Amber Gibson

I created these cookies as a means to use up leftover canned pumpkin. They are soft, cake like, and delicious! My dad really enjoyed them. If you can find them, you can use the...

Samantha's Favorite Cheese Sauce

Samantha's Favorite Cheese Sauce

Amber Gibson

I made this sauce for Samantha as an alternative to mac and cheese after begging for the boxed ones that are too high. It has good flavor and can be used for so many things- veggies,...

Vegetable Green Curry

Vegetable Green Curry

Amber Gibson

My husband's favorite Thai dish is green curry. I wanted to create a vegetable version with great flavor, but not as much spice. I came across green curry seasoning and it worked...