Why ask ME what to make?
I’m Cathy. I enjoy baking as much as cooking; have deep affection for chocolate, salt and wine and love hosting impromptu gatherings around my kitchen island. Friends and family often ask me what to make….for a quick weeknight meal, a menu to feed a hungry crowd, or a special sweet treat for a birthday celebration. And I have loads of ideas.
The kitchen has been my favorite room in the house for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I loved being perched on a stool watching my grandma mix up cookies and it wasn’t long before I was standing on that same stool whipping up a batch of my own.
I made dinner for my family throughout my adolescent and teenage years and I give them tons of credit for stomaching plenty of my “experimental” creations. After college and a brief foray in the corporate world, I decided to follow my heart and attend culinary school in Manhattan. I’ve worked in restaurants, owned an online bakery, have a bordering-on-problematic cookbook obsession, and I cook, cook, cook.
The truth is, I just love food. All of it. Salty, spicy, sweet…and sometimes all of those in one dish. I take inspiration from everywhere…seasonal vegetables at the farmers market, a new dish at a fabulous restaurant or crafting a fast dinner from odds and ends in the frig. I’m a big believer in everything in moderation so you’ll see a good mix of healthy and decadent on this site. I’ll also share some tips for decorating all sorts of cookies and confections from my baking days.
So, next time you’re scratching your head and wondering, “what should I make for…”, I hope you’ll come see me so we can figure it out together.