Catherine McCord’s Keys To The Kitchen {& Giveaway}

Photo by Maren Caruso

In anticipation of my first book event in Los Angeles this weekend, I ask LA-based mom blogger extraordinaire, Catherine McCord, of Weelicious, what her key to the kitchen is.

True to her style, she’s got an answer that’s key for busy moms everywhere. Speaking of which, her first book, Weelicious, has also just been published, which advocates the concept of one family, one meal, and, for the occasion, we decided to do a giveaway.

So, read on for her key to the kitchen then check below for how to win one of the two Weelicious cookbooks we’ll be giving away next week. 

Q: Catherine, we’re dying to know, what is your “key to the kitchen?”

A: My favorite key to the kitchen is my freezer.

I don’t know what I would do without all that precious frozen real estate. I organize and fill my freezer with a bit of almost everything I make during the week. I’m a big advocate of doubling up recipes as often as possible when you cook. So, on those crazy busy nights when you’re too tired to make dinner, or on those mornings when you need to be out the door fast but first have to get breakfast in your kids’ bellies, you’ve got labeled zipper bags or containers already filled with everything you could need: pasta sauce, ripe fruit, raw vegetables, pesto, muffins, waffles, lasagna, pancakes, veggie or chicken nuggets and more.

The convenience of having a variety of frozen items at your fingertips is only bested by the fact that your kitchen prep time is cut drastically as all you usually need to do is pop your food into the toaster or defrost and cook it briefly in the oven and you’re home free.

Even when I make cookies, instead of baking five dozen that will inevitably get eaten way too quickly, I only bake what we’re going to eat that day and freeze the remaining balls of raw cookie dough for later. So not only is the freezer the key to my kitchen, it’s also the key to controlling my waistline!

Catherine McCord Weelicious

Photos by Maren Caruso

Giveaway Details

9/27/12 — This giveaway has ended — congratulations to our winners, #4 Jeni and #38 Shannon!

Prize: Harper Collins is providing two (2) lucky readers with a copy of just-released, Weelicious, by Catherine McCord.

Duration: This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Wednesday, September 26th, 11:59pm PST.

Who Can Enter: Open only to residents of the USA 18 years old and older.

How to Enter: Leave a comment below and a way for me to get in touch with you (a Twitter handle where I can send a DM, an email you don’t mind sharing, etc) — one entry per person only please.

How Winner Will Be Chosen: The two (2) winners will be chosen at and will be notified via email, so please make sure the email address you list in the comment section is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

Technical Issues: Only one comment per person will be considered and any duplicate comments will be deleted.

Fine Print: I am hosting this giveaway so you can experience this book for yourself. I am in no way being compensated for this giveaway and Harper Collins has generously provided the (2) two prize copies of the book.

Follow Catherine’s adventures via her blog, Weelicious, by liking her on Facebook, via Twitter, or on Pinterest. And, be sure to check out her brand-new book, Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes, which is now available wherever books are sold! All photos by Maren Caruso and are copyrighted.

Though my new cookbook is called Keys To The Kitchen, the reality is that there are too many to publish in one single book. So, I’ll be asking some of my favorite food people from each city I’ll be visiting on my book tour to share his or her very own key to the kitchen in this interview series — read other interviews here.

Keys To The Kitchen