Courteney Cox: ‘I’m cooking so much, I’m exhausted from cooking’

Courteney Cox was on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, and I really enjoyed her interview. Courtney is promoting her docuseries 9 Months, which is on Facebook Live. It follows women throughout their pregnancies and the second season is premiering on Mother’s Day. Courteney told Jimmy how much she’s cooking lately and she described some recipes she’s made. I related a lot to her as I’ve been cooking and baking a lot, I really enjoy it. Plus I also have a teenager at home, my son is 15 and Courteney’s daughter, Coco Arquette, is the same age. My son eats a lot! I don’t know where he puts it, but he’s a champ. I bet Coco is the same. Here’s some of what she told Kimmel. She previously told Ellen that she’s quarantining separately from her boyfriend, Johnny McDaid, due to their travel circumstances (he’s stuck in England) and that it’s tough.

I’m cooking so much I’m exhausted from cooking.

What are you making tonight?
I’m going to make turkey burgers with poblano peppers chopped up with onions. I’ve made a lot of steak. I’ve made a ton of roast chicken. I met this chef in NY [who’s] been zooming with me and teaching me certain things.

Do you know if your daughter, Coco, is planning anything for Mother’s Day?
I’m just glad the store Spencer’s is not open. Last year Coco got me a book, “The Sound of Farts.” I love farts, but I don’t want that. I want to get a nice handwritten letter, something talking about her feelings for me.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

I agree with Courteney about the kind of Mother’s Day present I want. I’m going to have my son read this post. Our printer works great, by the way.

I’m jealous that Courteney has a zoom cooking coach. Last night I actually made Asian chicken burgers and they turned out great! Here’s the recipe I used. I didn’t have any hoisin sauce so I substituted teriyaki sauce and I also substituted sriracha for sambal oelek. I didn’t make the sauce either. We had buttermilk mashed potatoes with it. The dinner tasted great and I had to break out the food processor at one point, so I felt accomplished. Also, with the meat shortages I feel like I have to be more creative with less in-demand meats and with vegetarian meals. I recently made a potato and black bean stew that was very good, and a vegetarian lentil chili that was a hit.

On the upcoming Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, #51 out Sunday morning, Kaiser/Chandra and I talk about the lockdown cooking inspo posts and how that makes her feel like she’s inadequate for not enjoying cooking. I get it! I’m sure I wouldn’t cook as much if it was just me. I often mention this, but I dislike crafting (and gardening!) and find it annoying. Cooking is like that to some people whereas other people find it satisfying and relaxing. Even our current situation wouldn’t make me start knitting or embroidering, and I’ve tried. I’ve also considered starting a garden and have realized it’s not for me.

Oh and Courteney and Jimmy thanked two nurses from Little Rock Arkansas, mother and daughter team Uchenna and Ona Onyia, who both are in New York City helping with covid care there. Mom Uchenna is from Nigeria and worked her way through nursing school as a waitress at Waffle House, she’s got an LPN, RN and is a nurse practitioner too! Her daughter is also a nurse and had the idea to come to New York. They said that everyone at the hospital in New York was so welcoming and thankful to see them and that things are getting better there compared to when they first came. Here’s that segment, it’s well worth watching and I got choked up.

Here’s Courteney’s interview:

Coco can really sing!

Jimmy and Courteney talked about these photos of Courteney shopping at Whole Foods in like full protective gear last month. She said she was surprised the paparazzi knew it was her! I think the guy is an assistant type but she didn’t say anything about him.
Courteney Cox and a friend stock up at Whole Foods

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  1. Tina says:

    Thanks for the link to the chilli recipe. Sounds delicious I think I will try. I wonder if red lentils will be fine. That’s what I have.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I think you can use either kind of lentils and it will work out! @Alissa I hear you about the dishes. I meant to mention that too and forgot.

    • Heather says:

      @Tina – red lentils will work, but you won’t notice them once everything is cooked; they will become a part of the overall sauce. 🙂

  2. Eleonor says:

    Courtney I feel you! I am cooking a lot, and I have improved my panna cotta , and now I am exhausted too.
    On Monday here in France we will start the phase two, so tomorrow I will have a full Libanese dinner delivered. I have avoided delivering because I didn’t want someone taking risks for me. I decided that tomorrow night I want to have something special.

  3. Alissa says:

    I am cooking so much and I’m really over it. I miss going out to eat so much. I also really hate the never-ending stack of dishes.

    • Joanna says:

      Oh me too! The worst part about cooking is the cleanup

    • Also Ali says:


    • minx says:

      Oh yes! I don’t like to cook anyway but it’s the mess that I hate more than anything. Thank god shortly before the lockdown we just happened to replace our older appliances….stove, fridge and especially a dishwasher that hadn’t worked for years. I can’t imagine having loads of dirty dishes to wash on top of all the extra cooking—there’s enough stress as it is.

    • Adrianna says:

      Things have changed at my house and it has made a huge difference to my sanity! I make the meal. When it’s over, I get up and walk away, back upstairs to my computer/my books/ my Netflix or whatever. My husband does all the clean-up. A couple of years ago, I was complaining about the never ending cooking and he actually offered to take on that chore. It really is such a help. I did it all for decades so have zero guilt.

  4. Lisa says:

    Cooking is fine the problem is with the dishes.

  5. Darla says:

    All of these comments about the dishes! My people! This is why I hate cooking. Cooking is actually fun. It’s the cleanup. Not worth it to me. I’ve been doing it of course, during our shut down. I hate it. I can’t wait to be able to go out and eat again.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I love cooking in general, but right now its exhausting. I go through phases. I’ll make something fun or different two nights in a row, then we order out. It’s just exhausting making three meals a day, lol. I feel like such a brat admitting that, but often by 5 pm I’m like you kids need to eat AGAIN??? lol.

    I find it goes much better if I plan on one or two new meals, then some standbys like spaghetti with meat sauce or tuna casserole.

    ETA I think this is why I’m liking baking so much now, because I don’t usually bake so its something different for me.

  7. Annika says:

    Dishes are the worst part of cooking! I love to cook but it’s time consuming. I do a lot of “freezer dump dinners.” Have you guys heard of those? There are a couple of YouTube cooking channels my group follows that post recipes that can be prepped, put into ziplock bags (or whatever containers you’d like to use) stacked into your freezer, ready to be placed into a slow cooker or instant pot so you can have dinner ready when you get home. One of the ladies has made printable labels. I have a deep freeze in my basement; one corner is designated for these meals. I use old Tupperware containers and also reuse the ziplock bags. One weekend a month my sisters and cousins and I will Skype each other while sharing and prepping these recipes. Crack open a bottle of wine, too! It’s saved us working moms a ton of time!
    Since I’m still quarantined from my kids and husband I have only been cooking for myself. I did make a pot of wild rice soup this week that I’ve been eating for dinner every night.

  8. lobstah says:

    You know, I’ve always said, if I could have one person “on staff” in my home, it wouldn’t be a house cleaner, it wouldn’t be a gardener, it wouldn’t be a trainer, it would be an amazing chef. Cooking is my struggle.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I don’t enjoy cooking either. All my friends love it, share recipes and photos of their meals (one of them has actually won big prizes for her cooking!), and I’m over here proud I didn’t burn the grilled cheese sandwich. Oh well.
    I’m definitely going to watch the video with the nurses later, but I love Courteney and Kimmel for having them on, and I truly LOVE those nurses for working so hard and risking their own lives to help others.

  10. Redgrl says:

    I love cooking and in “real life” don’t get enough time to try new recipes as much as I’d like. I’ve been working remotely since midMarch and so without the commuting and the slower workload I go through phases of cooking like mad, enjoying it, experimenting with new recipes and then “I am so sick of cooking I’m fed up with it”. Currently in the latter phase…I found that making extra of certain meals and freezing them helps for the unmotivated days…that and the fact that one of our favourite local restaurants has reopened for take out (poke bowls, Thai noodle soups etc, not to mention brownies!) helps.

  11. Seraphina says:

    I love to cook and bake and I’m over it all. And with teenage boys in the house it’s like I run a 24 hour diner. I told mine I’m taking the day off on Mother’s Day.

  12. Heather says:

    I have always LOVED cooking. But I am officially “over it” at this point. I make home-cooked meals nearly every night, and always did.
    But now that I’m working from home, and just always “here”, the thrill of stopping at the shop on the way home from the office, and cooking something creative for the family, just isn’t there.

    • Mara says:

      Completely agree, the opportunity for spontaneity is gone and planning’s also difficult when you get to the supermarket and find the ingrediants you want are still out of stock (eggs for me).

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m normally a pretty regular cook, but lately, we’ve spent too much money on local restaurant meals. We tell ourselves were helping, but we’re still spending too much lol. So the past few nights I’ve been busy. I tend to cook double and triple and spoon into servings then freeze. Last night I made a fridge dump meal to ready for a grocery delivery. The guys finished every last bite. I don’t have a recipe, but I sautéd onions and peppers, some garlic, added the rest of a jar of Tuscan blended portabellos and veggies, chicken sausages with spinach and feta, a bottle of chicken bone broth and pasta. When things were close to done, I emptied a close to expire container of Greek yogurt and cilantro dip and some feta. Stirred in fresh cilantro, parsley and basil. I need to kinda remember because there wasn’t a drop left lol. Serve with toasty garlic bread. 😁

  14. Faithmobile says:

    We Moved right before the lockdown mid March to a house that has a dishwasher and a garbage disposal. We had no idea how much easier it is to cook with these two wonderful appliances. We have two young kids so we switched to paper plates a while back. When you have to prepare 4 meals a day plus two snacks, washing plates is for the birds! Both my husband and I were trained chefs before changing careers, if anyone has any cooking/baking questions feel free to tweet me or dm at goodfaithtoys@twitter or goodfaithtoys@instagram

  15. Jaded says:

    I love cooking and have gotten a bit more creative with herbs and spices during lockdown. Last night’s meal was a chicken tagine with root vegetables, green olives, preserved lemons, red onion, chick peas and an amazing spice mix including garlic, Moroccan harizza, cumin and garam malasa liberally lashed with toasted sesame oil. Put it in the old tagine with a cup of chicken broth for an hour and it came out amazing. The tagine I use is made of cast iron – I wouldn’t recommend the painted clay ones as the paint flecks off into the food and the flavours seep into the exposed clay.

  16. Case says:

    I’m not much of a cook – I live alone and know basic stuff, but nothing fancy. That said, I’ve had the most wonderful time during this quarantine making myself a nice brunch. I missed going to diners so much that I decided to regularly make myself a simple but delicious brunch a few times a week – eggs, toast, sometimes avocado toast, OJ, pancakes, etc. It’s nothing special, but I love breakfast food and it makes me feel good when I take the time to feed myself something I love and put a little effort into, instead of just reaching for cereal.

    But wow, I really love eating out and miss it horribly. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe eating out again, but I look forward to that day.