Lauren Lane Shares Summer Cooking Tips to Save Time, Reduce Food Waste, and Create Special Memories, Episode 185

Lauren reinvents herself at 50 and now pursues her dream of teaching others how to cook easily and entertain effortlessly. She inspires others to follow their passions no matter what their age.

Lauren is a Culinary Influencer who has a passion for creating – expressed through her original content, recipes, photography, and storytelling. Her authenticity shows through her voice, as she genuinely enjoys engaging with her audience.

Lauren teaches cooking classes and hosts private dinners in her home. She also works with select brands to build awareness by bringing the human element and a face to the brand. She creates content and shares it on her established social networks and in-person events to bring awareness and, ultimately, brand insistence. She’s worked with companies such as Wustof, Sprouts, Hexclad, ThermoPro, Belfonte, Wisconsin Cheese, and many others. Lauren Lane is a contributor to the FOX4 morning show and has recently appeared on the new Netflix cooking competition Easy Bake Battle.

Lauren Lane’s inspiring journey from the corporate world to the culinary world serves as a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue your passion and take charge of your life. By embracing adversity, prioritizing yourself, and implementing practical tips for efficient cooking, you can create a happier and more fulfilling life for yourself and your loved ones!

In this episode, you will hear these ideas expressed:

  • Transitioning from a 25-year corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur and influencer at age 50. 
  • Seeing adversity as a sign – find your calling
  • What can you do for hours that perhaps others wouldn’t be happy about?
  • Listening to others…like really listening
  • One-pot meals save time, cost, and sanity in the kitchen.
  • Time-saving and cost-saving tips for buying fresh fruits (ex. soaking berries in water and vinegar to make them last longer.) 
  • Discovering one’s true calling through conversations with loved ones and recognizing passions
  • Being a lifelong learner and addressing financial and security concerns in order to make a bold career move 
  • Prioritizing oneself as a mom can positively impact the family. 
  • Reducing food waste and creating special memories through one-pot meals, elevating store-bought goods, and using leftovers creatively
  • Setting timers and having a signature dish to improve cooking skills and create lasting memories for children
  • Embracing adversity and listening to those who know us well in order to find our true calling.

SHARE this episode with a mom founder, entrepreneur, or creator who seeks greater simplicity in your cooking for her family this summer and beyond.

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She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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