Hey! You Mother Cooker!

Mother cookers are a special kind of cook. They can whip up a meal impossibly quickly with seemingly nothing in the house!

The art of mother cooking is becoming a lost art. Its death is being hastened by fast food, takeout food and foolish notions about what’s fit (read: safe) to eat and what is not.

She's a mother cooker!

She’s a mother cooker!

If we brought back and celebrated mother cookers there’d be fewer overweight mothers, fathers and children!

What distinguishes a mother cooker from a mother or a cook? These characteristics:

  • Not afraid to use whatever is on hand to create a tasty meal
  • Understands that balance and moderation isn’t necessary with every meal. Balance and moderation is a matter of how meals and snacks add up over the course of 2 or 3 days.
  • Doesn’t preach about “healthy food and junk food.” Approaches and treats all food with neutrality.
  • Would rather fix a meal at home than “grab something.”

Mother cookers give special consideration to their tools of the trade. Having the right tools is as important and having something to cook.

As a mother cooker with roughly 35  years of experience, here are my preferred tools.Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 9.53.17 AM

A selection of knives is preferred, but in a pinch one really good, sharp paring knife can be used to cut just about anything. Mother cookers don't stand on principle. If a can of soup is needed to pull together a casserole or add some creaminess and flavor to some baked chicken, a can opener is essential!

A selection of knives is preferred, but in a pinch one really good, sharp paring knife can be used to cut just about anything. Mother cookers don’t stand on principle. If a can of soup is needed to pull together a casserole or add some creaminess and flavor to some baked chicken, a can opener is essential!

Look for more blogs on mother cookers. I’ll share the secrets of the ingredients to keep on hand, the fastest, and therefore the best methods of cooking them and a few of my favorite mother cooker recipes!

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.