shop.prep.cook #3 with The Soanka’s


The experience
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with The Soanka’s: Derek, Christie, and Baby Olivia for a shop.prep.cook session. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting their home and helping them with meals three times now. Since they’ve been in and out of town the past few weeks they’ve been eating on the go and were eager to have me back in the kitchen.

Derek requested more fresh salsa (which Baby Olivia helped make), peanut sauce, and Simple Slaw. Christie wanted more Simple Slaw and fresh salsa too (we made her own batch because she likes it mild), and she wanted to use up the abundance of squash from their garden.

Their food, their way right in the comfort of their home!
Christie grocery shopping with me guiding her
Baby Olivia helping me make the Fresh Salsa — Young Chef in training
The Soanka’s personalized menu:
– Teriyaki & Peanut Sauce -Cucumber Sauce -Fresh Salsa
-Baked Tortilla Chips – Simple Slaw
-Sautéed Squash and Tomatoes -Stuffed Squash
-Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs -Lemon Rosemary Chicken -Grilled Herbed Butter Lobster Tails
Fresh salsa


Prep work
Squash and tomatoes ready for sautéing
Stuffed Squash
After all the prepping and cooking we needed a food break.
So impromptu we paired the cucumber sauce with Naan, garden fresh tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, andFeta Cheese for a Mediterranean experience.  Local blueberries added a taste
of sweetness.
Derek joined us but he opted for a taste of Stuffed Squash
After our break…
Grill time
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I’ve been here, there, and everywhere in the community teaching cooking classes and delivering healthy lifestyle presentations. Now, I want to bring my passion for food and cooking right to you in your home. shop.prep.cook is a more personal experience. The way I see it, this is your food, you should have it your way. Having it your way means being involved in the entire process from meal planning to cooking. What I’ve learned is most people may want to cook at home but their busy lifestyles make it challenging, some are looking for new ideas, and others may just not know where to start. No matter where you are I want to help. I’m full of ideas and passion for home cooked food. 


Chrisetta Mosley

Chrisetta Mosley

I am a product – and now a survivor – of childhood obesity. As a child, my family always told me that my extra weight was merely baby fat and I’d eventually grow out of it. I never did. Instead, my childhood is filled with memories of not being able to ride a bike, flattening its training wheels from being over the recommended weight, and avoiding P.E. classes by any means necessary. For years, I wore my fatness like a wounded soldier wears a Purple Heart - with pride. I owned the look. I dressed it up. I worked the room. There wasn't a skinny girl who intimidated me. I made sure my hair was laid just right. Nails polished. Outfits coordinated to the tee. Accessories to compliment every outfit. But everyone has a breaking point, and mine came in the spring of 2004 when I tipped the scale at nearly 400 pounds 388 to be exact. I was MISERABLE trapped inside of that body. I no longer wore my Purple Heart with pride. Rather, I was ashamed and frightened. Ashamed that I had allowed food to become my everything – frightened I would die because of it. Drastic times called for drastic measures... Today, I’m bound and determined to live a better, healthier, active lifestyle. I realize I’m no longer a passenger in my life, I’m the driver. I’m overcoming my inhibitions and I’m slowly but surely saying farewell to my old childhood nemesis, obesity. For once and for all, Farewell Fatso!

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