I’m a mom and a writer and now I’m cooking with my celebrity son on national TV. Okay, I appeared once. Check out my Mom/Celebrity Son Blog!
Now Appearing on National TV!
I am a mom. I spent years -dare I say three decades – as a high school English teacher. These days, I am a writer.
I have never been a cook. I have never played one on TV. Until now.
Who’d have thought all those years ago as I worked full time and raised two boys (ok, their dad helped), as I taught, retired and started a writing gig, that one day I’d be cooking with one of those boys on national TV?
I certainly did not.
Sure, I fed my family. Casseroles and such.
So here’s the story. My older son Adam is a weather guy. He’s a meteorologist at Fox News in New York. I am incredibly proud. (I’m incredibly proud of his little brother as well.)
Adam is a great kid. (If you get a chance to watch the video of our cooking debut, you’ll see that calling him a great kid was the best this tongue-tied mother could do when the spotlight turned her way. Not my finest moment.)
Adam is also a smart kid. He has a Master’s Degree in meteorology. He was and is an adventurous spirit, and he loves to learn and experience new things. He’s traveled extensively. In fact, just one year out of college as he marked the first anniversary of his first real job, he announced he was quitting that job. “Been there, done that,” he told his bewildered parents. He moved to Spain for the summer.
Fast-forward four short years.
In January of this year, this great kid, a.k.a. my crazy son, signed on with Fox News. One month later, I received a text: “Wanna come and cook with me on Fox and Friends?”
Apparently this mom has an adventurous spirit as well. I texted back: “Sure!”
Just. Like. That.
I packed my bags, flew to NY and on February 16, Adam and I debuted the old family standby, Chicken Spinach Bake: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-and-friends/blog/2017/02/16/cooking-friends-adam-klotzs-chicken-spinach-casserole
I never saw it coming. But I’m so glad it did. Standing in the Fox Studio with the incredibly welcoming hosts of Fox and Friends, laughing and, yes, cooking, with my son is a memory that will forever make me smile. It was a “moment” – one of those moments when you absolutely know your life’s worthwhile.
Who’d have thought that “moment” would come in the capacity of the ol’ family favorite we call Chicken Spinach Bake?
Life. Is. Good.
And the casserole’s not bad either.
And be sure to check out our quick and tasty recipe:
CHICKEN SPINACH BAKE CASSEROLE
4 c. dried rigatoni or penne pasta
2 chicken breasts, baked and shredded
3½ – 4 c. baby spinach
1⅓ c. light thickened cream
1 c. sun-dried tomatoes
1½ c. Parmesan
1 c. shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 9”x13” dish.
In a large pot, cook pasta then drain. Add chicken, spinach, cream, tomatoes and 1 cup of Parmesan into a large bowl. Toss well and season with salt and pepper. Add in cooked pasta.
Spoon pasta mix into baking dish. Top with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella.
Bake 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted on top.