Cooking Advice for Busy Moms Heather Hopson January 1, 2014 Fashion, Food & Fitness, Mom This year, my family allowed me to contribute to Christmas dinner. Yes, you read that correctly—allowed. I made a chicken casserole and sweet potatoes. The recipes were easy peasy and pretty tasty, according to everyone around the table. So why didn’t I bring a dish until 2013? Well, my family is filled with not only good cooks but people who love to cook. You know, the kind who buy a house based on the size of the kitchen. The kind who shop at three specialty stores to make one recipe. That joy of cooking didn’t pass down to me. In fact, the apple fell far from the tree. Right now, my kitchen cabinets are a bit bare. The food filling my refrigerator is in takeout containers or in my mother’s Tupperware—which I promise to return after leaving with leftovers. Don’t get me wrong. I can cook. Once I prepared a Thanksgiving Day dinner for 20 friends in the Cayman Islands. OK, that was 2007. I just come up with reasons not to make meals—being a busy mom is one excuse in heavy rotation. But in 2014, my resolution is to spend more time around the table with friends and family. I want to write on the pretty meal planning calendar, which is currently only kitchen décor. I want to pack lunches for work and save money from eating out. Like most moms, I can’t do it alone. It takes a village to cook a meal—oh, that’s not how the saying goes? At any rate, I sought the advice of a sought after chef—Marcus Samuelsson. Recently, he held a cooking demonstration at Macy’s. To help celebrate the season of giving, the Chicago location teamed up with Chef Marcus and the Make- a-Wish Foundation®. They granted the wish of 17-year-old Sara Opseica , a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma patient who dreamed of cooking next to a top chef. If Sara doesn’t make excuses, why should I? Sara inspired me to tie on an apron, and Marcus inspired me to try out some new recipes in the New Year and dished cooking advice for busy moms. Other advice—Chef Marcus says to save family recipes and create cookbooks, which can be given as gifts throughout the year. He says you should share your family’s experiences and create new traditions. Hopefully, I made Chef Marcus and Sara proud! Maybe he’s so impressed with my culinary skills that he’ll come and cook in my kitchen. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. In the meantime, he shared a couple of recipes, of some of which are great way to sneak in extra veggies into a finicky kid’s diet. You can check out his turkey meatloaf with tomato, fried chicken and waffle shooters and more tasty recipes on Macy’s Culinary Council website. You can also try out recipes from other expert chefs. If you don’t cook often like me, there’s a video library to walk you through your culinary journey. Hey DFTM Fam—What new recipes are you making a resolution to make in the new year? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.