In the Kitchen With: Latrice Fowler of Raising Chefs

| Jan 14, 2010 Food & Party

  • Meet the Family


     Raven, Tyanna, and LaShun Jr. of Raising Chefs.


    My family consists of myself, my husband, LaShun Sr., and our children LaShun Jr., Raven, and Tyanna. We're a very close-knit family, and we practically do everything together. The kids are home-schooled by me, and my husband has been in the trucking industry for the past 12 years. The kids and I have been running a successful blog called "Raising Chefs...not just good cooks" for the past four years in hopes to one day turn our passion for cooking with kids into a series of cookbooks/videos. We've been demonstrating our cooking talents throughout our community through local food expos and our local news stations for the past two years.

  • The Blog


    LaShun Jr. and Raven in the kitchen.

    Raising Chefs is about starting early with kids: getting them involved in the cooking process early on so they can become comfortable, independent, and confident chefs in their own kitchens when they reach their adult years. It's about sharing with them the skills of using fresh ingredients and choosing to make healthier choices that they can implement while they're young, and throughout their lives. We also stress the importance of bringing back family bonding at the dinner table. Lets face it: No one's eating as a family anymore and Raising Chefs is here to help! We're like super dinner heroes!

  • The Cooking Style


    Tyanna in front of the refrigerator.

    I grew up in Texas, Nebraska, and Holland, so my cooking style has turned to a more eclectic style rather than focusing on one particular cuisine. We love Tex-Mex, American, Mexican, Caribbean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian, Cuban, Cajun, and Soul food. We decide what we eat based on what we're in the mood for, and then we get in the kitchen as a family and voila...dinner's served! 


  • The Raising Chefs' Kitchen


    Cutting sweet potatoes at the butcher-block table.

    Our kitchen is relatively small. The sink is right next to the frig, and when you turn around slightly there's the stove. Our favorite spot in the kitchen is right in front of the sink using our butcher-block-table, which was passed down to me by my grandmother who we call Gran. We chop everything on that thing. It makes for a great "George-Foreman Grill" table where we make some of the best grilled cheese you've ever had.

  • Finding Inspiration


    Cake mix and mixer.

    We watch a lot of cooking shows on the Food Network, of course. But I got my original start watching PBS, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Yin Can Cook, and Caprial's Kitchen. I love Nigella Lawson, Rachel Ray, Sandra Lee, Giada De Laurentiis, Sunny Anderson, Paula Deen, and The Neely's. Oftentimes I'll run through a mental list of what's in the frig, pantry, and or cabinets, and if there's something I've seen on TV and I have all that's required to make that particular recipe...soup's on! 


  • Traditions, Indulgences...


    Angel in the Raising Chefs' kitchen.

    There are a lot of recipes we get from both my grandmothers. Having a simple conversation with my mom can spark a culinary idea, and we both rush into the kitchen and make up recipes on the spot!

    My one indulgence? GOUDA Cheese. I remember it like it was yesterday, walking into a cheese shop right in the heart of the Brunssum Centrum in Holland. I can't wait to go back over there and be able to take my family. Being over there made me feel a freedom I've never felt before and the food was out of this world!

  • The Recipes


    Raising Chefs' roasted chicken grilled cheese panini.

    What's the one thing I make better than anyone else? Roasted Chicken Grilled Cheese Panini and...

  • The Recipes


    Raising Chefs' coarse salt homemade pretzel dogs.

    ...Coarse Salt Homemade Pretzel Dogs!

  • Raising Chefs' Favorites


    The kids of Raising Chefs.

    My favorite ingredients are: Cilantro, Cilantro, did I say Cilantro? I love that stuff. Also, we love our garlic and onions no doubt. Chocolate whenever we can add it in somewhere. Nutella! I didn't mention that it, love it! Did I mention I loved NUTELLA?

    My favorite food blogs:

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