Chuckletushy cooks with her daughter, Chynna
If there's anyone who can work wonders with only one pot it's Chuckletushy. She is Group Owner of Casserole Moms and Group Administrator of Crock Pot Moms. Today in our Cooking With... feature, she tells us about cooking with her two daughters, how she got her nickname of "Mama Carolyn" and, of course, one-pot meals!
CM: Tell us about your family.
I have two daughters: Kassaundra is 19...
...and Chynna is 8.
Kassie just moved into her own place and is attending college. Her first purchase was a crock pot (go figure, her mom is admin of the Crock Pot Moms...hehehe). I think she is addicted already. LOL. She loves to cook and try new recipes just like I do. Chynna has been diagnosed with early onset bi-polar disorder and ADHD, so I use cooking as a way to connect with her. She especially loves to make cake in a cup. The cake rises above the edge, and then settles back down at the end of microwaving it—she giggles every time.
Pumpkin pie with real pumpkin that Chuckletushy made with her daughter.
What are your daughters' favorite things to eat for breakfast?
Kassie is a toaster strudel junkie with orange juice. Chynna loves cereal especially if she can do it herself.
What are their favorite things to eat for lunch?
Because Kassie is a teen, it's about quick and easy: She likes salads, sandwiches, or those Oodles of Noodles. Chynna eats well if i get those little microwave meals because she feels independent, and that's pretty important to her.
Both of my girls always love when I make breakfast for dinner. My french toast is the best. Kassie loves to try new recipes with me but I think she would say her favorite is mama's lasagna. Chynna likes to make her "special soup," which is a quick beef stew—again it's because she's involved in the process so she gobbles it right up.
What is one thing you can make better than everyone else?
The kids in the neighborhood call me Mama Carolyn, and they rave about my cookies. I am particularly good at chocolate chip cookies.
It's all in the timing: They won't look done, but I take them out and when they cool they stay so chewy. Yummo! During the holidays I make at least 20 pounds of fudge, dozens and dozens of different kinds of cookies, and several brownies and bars to give to everyone.
If you could eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Soup. There are so many different kinds that you can satisfy any craving you are having. If i can only pick one soup, it would be chicken noodle, I guess.
What was the theme of the last birthday party you had for one of your daughters?
I don't really do parties for the kids. In our family the treat is to go out for dinner and then back to the house to do cake and ice cream.
I have two younger sisters and a brother and all together we have eight kids and my baby sister has one on the way so we keep parties to just family.
How did you learn how to cook?
I was the oldest so when my mom worked it was my job to take care of my three siblings. We weren't Rockefellers, so I learned real early how to be creative with minimum ingredients. The family jokes that I can make a delicious meal out of a few seemingly mismatched ingredients from the almost empty pantry. I think that's why I love one dish-type cooking so much. You really have a lot of creative freedom.
Chucktushy's family looks forward to the annual "waiting for dinner" snack platter at the holidays.
Do you have a favorite cookbook?
I am addicted to those little magazine-type cookbooks at the grocery checkouts. The "real" cookbook I always turn to if I need to is, of course, my Betty Crocker.
If you could meet one celebrity chef who would it be?
Emeril Lagasse because he seems to be so down to earth, and he plays drums. To be able to cook with him and hang out while he jams would be a dream come true for me.
Which food groups on CafeMom do you belong to?
I own Casserole Moms. I started that group because of my passion for one-pot cooking. My philosophy is if I can put it in front of my family and not have to have a side, then it's a casserole. I even include some salads in there but maybe that's pushing it a bit.
I help out with Crock Pot Moms. I am still amazed at what you can do with a crock pot. It isn't just for roasts, stews, or chili. I hear you can make a cake in there...LOL.
Another group I am a proud member of is Slow Food -- Living Deeper, Consuming Less. Its purpose is to share ideas about how we can consume healthy, delicious, safe food, and reduce our negative impact on the earth. There are really amazing ideas in that group.
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