Mama Snow Cooks was originally created in 2017 to document pictorial recipes of my homemade food to share with my family and friends, to help me cook with a consistency taste since my eyeballing skills are terrible, and hopefully to help teach my children how to cook their favorite homemade food in the future. Then in 2019, I decided to merge my photography portfolio, teacher website, and crochet site together since maintaining multiple non-profit websites can be costly. One of my goal is not to embed annoying pop-up ads in my posts to distract the young readers and chefs-in-training. However, I do at times provide Amazon affiliate links to products that I recommend and use in my cooking, teaching, or for my crafting projects. When you choose to purchase any products through my Amazon recommended links, I earn some kind of percentage of commission.
About Ms. Lam (Mama Snow):
I am a crocheter, photographer, gardener, lifelong teacher, recipe developer, wife, and a mama of two little ones. Mama Snow Cooks and More is my blog where I share my work of love and passion.
My mom is my inspiration to improve my Vietnamese cooking skill. My family fled the Communist Vietnam in 1983. Our boat floated on the vast South China Sea for four days and nights, not knowing where we would end up. A rescue ship spotted us and took us into a refugee camp in Indonesia. In 1984, my family came to the United States. Mom raised my siblings and I to be responsible U.S. citizens. One of my goal in life is to master all the Vietnamese cuisines she made for us growing up.
About Little Chef Grace Nhi:
My daughter is my little foodie chef who loves helping me out in the kitchen since she was fourteen-months-old. She’s also an artist, a painter, a builder, a gardener, a talker, and a creative thinker with a great imagination. She hates puree food and started eating with us as soon she got four teeth at nine-months-old. She loves eating rice, noodles, pastas, and fruits.
One day, I asked Grace if she would like to “help” mommy cook. Her face lit up like fireworks; thus, marking the beginning of our cooking journey together. She loves to help. The help of a baby transitioning into a toddler means many spills and mess to clean up, and more things to wash, but that’s all okay. One thing important I know as a teacher is to never turn a child’s help down and to encourage any help when they are eager to help. Chef Grace started out by lining up cupcake liners, pouring ingredients into a big bowl, mixing, shaking, and stirring ingredients. She learns to shake in seasonings to make her first roasted vegetables. She hates vegetables but she will give any food she makes a try first.
By the time she was 21-months-old, she was in charge of helping mama mix marinade sauces. Cooking time with my chef Grace is also teaching time. During the prepping and cooking process, I teach my kids about colors, numbers and counting, patterning, sorting out and identifying fruits and veggies, and learning about the anatomy of an animal. Chef Grace watched me dissect a shrimp, eel, fish, chicken, duck, and maybe a frog someday. Oh there are so much that a child can learn just by cooking with mommy. Our attempt to prep a live eel once failed but she learned and remembered her experience with the word “slimy” and “slippery”. I didn’t even know the eel’s skin is slimy either. It was our “experimental cooking” and it’s okay if the experiment wasn’t quite successful as expected. Besides cooking and experimenting ingredients to stir up new dishes, we big and little foodies love to explore new food choices by eating out!
About Little Chef Ethan Gia-Bao
Chef Ethan Gia-Bao started helping Mama Snow in the kitchen at 14-months-old. He has his own way of helping and is still learning to observe, listen, and follow directions. He gets excited whenever he helps to cook. As long he gets to stir, pour, mix, dump ingredients into something, he will try to take part whether I let him or not. He makes a lot of mess and his favorite part in the kitchen is when he gets to mess with water.