I’m Dusty Hutchins-McNutt, creator of Cooking Mamas (and Papas too), an online recipe resource for home cooks and wanna-be chefs!
I am also the author of “Stirring Up Memories for Family & Friends” cookbook, a treasured collection of 350 tried and true family recipes.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, my recipes are influenced by an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and SEAFOOD. I love to experiment with new flavors and ingredients, incorporating different cultural influences in my cooking. I strive to create quick and easy meals that are nutritious and appealing for the whole family.
I’m married to my BEST friend and childhood sweetheart, Dan McNutt. We’ve been married for 38 wonderful years! Shortly after we were married, we started Candew Concrete, Inc., a local construction company. In 1988 we opened our deli Pioneer Pizza & Subs, a lifelong dream of mine. I worked as a full time Bookkeeper/Owner/Operator for both businesses, and later served as Head Bookkeeper for Haggen Food & Pharmacy.
We have five AMAZING kids, Nevaeh, Zach and his lovely wife Hannah, Caleb, and Allie.
We adopted our first son Zachary 26 years ago, he brought great JOY to our lives and we spoiled him rotten!! He was driving our boat and making French Toast by the time he was 3 years old…Seriously!
We had always dreamed of having a large family, so 16 years ago we decided to foster children with the hope of adopting again. Little did we know, God had BIG plans for us, we adopted three more children, Allie, Caleb and Nevaeh, each one a BLESSING. We can’t imagine our lives without them!
As a family, we spend a lot of time around the water, swimming, boating, fishing, beach-combing, and of course, COOKING together. Life doesn’t get much BETTER than this!!