Carolyn Sutter

Carolyn Sutter


Title: Research & Evaluation Consultant

As Research & Evaluation Consultant for Pilot Light, Carolyn Sutter provides support to the Pilot Light team around research projects as well as yearly evaluation efforts of the Pilot Light programs. This includes helping to analyze Pilot Light’s teacher and student questionnaires used in the Fellowship program, collaborating on grant applications, and developing journal articles to share Pilot Light’s approach and success.

Carolyn is passionate about using person-centered research methods to gather data that can support students and teachers as they engage with Pilot Light and food education. In her professional life, Carolyn is a researcher with an interest in child and family health and nutrition. She received her bachelors from the University of California, San Diego and her masters and PhD from the University of California, Davis. Since then, she has worked at multiple universities and organizations as a Research Scientist. Currently she works at a private healthcare consultancy.

Favorite Food Education Standard: FES #1 – Food Connects Us to Each Other: 

FES#1 – Food connects us to each other resonates with me because it seems that food is always such a great way to meet new people but also to reconnect with friends and loved ones. My absolute favorite thing is to try new foods with friends! In the classroom, Food Education provides such a cool way for students to connect with and learn about each other.

A favorite food memory or recipe:

Some of my favorite memories growing up were helping my mom to make our family-favorite cheesecake that made an appearance at all family events. Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
5 tbl. melted butter

2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese (room temp.)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. sugar

Oven @ 375.
Mix crust ingredients until well blended. Press into a 9″ spring form pan (about 1/3 up sides).
Beat filling ingredients until satiny.
Pour into crust and bake about 20 minutes.
Remove from oven & cool for 15 minutes.
Turn up oven to 475.
Blend topping ingredients and gently pour over cooled cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Bring cake to room temperature (completely). Cover with foil and chill for 10-12 hours.

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