Carlee Cooks

Hi! I’m Carlee and I love to cook. I am a busy mom that loves to make family-friendly recipes. A lot of my recipes are from scratch, but I do throw in a shortcut here and there.

My degree is in chemistry and after working in an environmental lab for 10 years I started working as the environmental coordinator for my small town. It is a rewarding field that keeps me on the move. My food blog, Cooking With Carlee, was started on a whim back at the beginning of 2015. I wanted to collect old favorite recipes from my grandmas and other family members while I still had the chance. What started as a way to preserve family recipes and share them with my cousins has morphed into something so much more. It is a family affair. My husband and son are taste testers in chief. They let me know when something is just right or if I need to go back to the drawing board. My son is also my sous chef. He loves to help in any way he can.

While I consider myself a cook at heart, I tend to cook by feeling and not measurement. So while you will find plenty of meals on my site, desserts seem to reign supreme. I have a deep-seated love for playing with frosting and can never have too many recipes. There are so many flavors, textures and techniques to try!

My family and I think it is important to support small and local businesses whenever we have the chance. Being from a smaller more rural community in Illinois, we can see the impacts of our choices. We enjoy supporting our local CSA and buying handmade and small-batch items when possible.

Kalona SuperNatural’s mission supports so many of the values we hold dear. In fact, the yogurt was one of my son’s very first foods. I love that I could show up on their doorstep in less than a two-hour drive. I love the wholesome minimally processed products and how the cream rises to the top!

Please connect with me on all my social channels – I would love to hear from you!

See How We Like to Use Kalona SuperNatural Here

Once I tried kalonasupernatural Organic Whole Milk I now refuse to drink any other brand! My entire life I've been lactose intolerant but this doesn't upset my stomach at all! I can finally enjoy milk! This non-homogenized milk comes from small Amish and Mennonite family farms who treat their cows how God intended♥️ Happy cows = GREAT milk! Stop by and grab a gallon to try while they are $1 off! ~KARI #organicmilk #nonhomogenised #milk #kalona #creamtop #yummy #wholemilk #grassfed #pastureraised #happycows #centralla #centrallouisiana #oldpaths #oldpathsnaturalmarket #oldpathsmarket #oldpathsnw #natural #kalonasupernatural #kalonamilk
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What do you do when you’re stuck at home in the storm and somehow you have no butter??? 😱 Pull our the Kalona cream and make the wrong right!! Butter in less than FIVE! #butterisbetter #butterlove #pancakes #oldpathsmarket #kalonasupernatural
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Finally remembering to get this in here!  Oops!

So the flavor was awesome. I’ll probably reduce the amount of coconut flour next time because it was a bit too strong for my taste.  J and the girls loved it.  I knew the girls would though #becausecake but J liking it as much as he did surprised me.  Neither of us are huge dessert fans.

The chocolate was to die for. Seriously, we licked every bit of the pan, whisks, spatulas, everything! 😋

However, the custard didn’t have the texture I was hoping for and the cake was crumbly 😕 so I’m going to experiment with whey protein powder or gelatin for next time since it was moist but didn’t hold together properly. 👩🏼‍🔬 The custard is probably just operator error since it was my first time making it.  I’ll share the recipe once I get it right.

Either way, it was a huge hit and totally worth the extra time!

#ketocake #bostoncreampie #glutenfreecake
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Back in the days in India we used to get so much Malai from milk that there would be plenty of jars full of ghee always available in my mom’s kitchen all the time. Before moving out from INDIA I had never tasted ghee other than homemade and after that only I realized how different store bought ghee tastes compared to homemade. I have always enjoyed a dollop of ghee on top Chapati, parathas, dals, khichdi, curries and where ever I could sneak some. 
Today’s agenda is to convert this container full of malai into liquid gold, Which takes me back to my childhood where my mom used to perform the whole task of turning malai into ghee and I have learned the process of making ghee from malai from her only. Some traditions never loose their importance and some practices never get too old. At our home we still make ghee from malai😊 though not get enough quantity required then in between where in need for extra ghee I would rescue to the kerrygoldusa butter 🧈 I have collected all this malai using kalonasupernatural cream on top non homogenized Whole milk. 
#enhanceyourpalate #kalonasupernatural #kalonawholemilk #homemadeghee homemadebutter #homemade #ghee #gheebutter
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It’s snowing outside and the holiday season has officially begun.
No, I don’t mean putting up the tree, lights, or decor yet. 🎄 🎅 💡 
I’m talking eggnog! 🧋 Quarts and quarts (and quarts) of #organiceggnog !
Anyone else with me?!
(Santa said it’s ok to drink from the carton when you’re the only one in the household drinking it, and it’s nearly gone in one sitting) 😆
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Clarke’s helping out at his Grandpa’s Fudge and Ice cream store! 😍 #babyintern
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