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!
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