Catie is back in the kitchen!

After a summer off, I am officially back to school at BU. This is my third semester in the Gastronomy program. Not only am I back in class, but I am working again in the teaching kitchen, as the Julia Child Teaching Assistant for the Fall 2020 semester. I have never been so unmotivated to…

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That Creme Anglaise Life

During quarantine, I have been baking quite a bit. Since I was mostly chilling at home, I figured I could give myself some pastry practice. I’ve made scones, cupcakes, cakes, and more. I mostly baked to work through the stress of this difficult time, making myself feel better with a little sugar. I recently reached…

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Quarantine Cooking – Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry

Raise your hand if you panic-bought anything in the month of March. I think we all were guilty of making at least one panic purchase when the pending reality of Coronavirus hit. I shop for just myself, so I didn’t buy much out of the ordinary on that shopping trip in the midst of chaos.…

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Quarantine Cooking – Babka Bread Pudding

I haven’t written in nearly a week. I got held up in some school work. I am still trying my best to preoccupy myself during the COVID-19 lockdown. I have lost track of how much TV I have watched and how many naps I have taken. On a more productive note, I have been reading…

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Quarantine Cooking – Arctic Char and Noodle Salad

Hello everyone. I wanted to briefly check in before I get to work on my reading for Anthropology of Food. I just finished up with a simple but flavorful lunch using ingredients I had lying around. So, I wanted to talk about how to throw together a pantry meal. Oftentimes when I am cooking, I…

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Quarantine Cooking – Vegetable Stock

Do you ever cook with fresh vegetables? Do you have freezer space for one gallon-size bag? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you could be making your own stock. Ever since I went to the culinary certificate program, I am vehemently opposed to store-bought stocks. The reason being is salt. They…

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Coronavirus Anxieties and Spring Break Exploration at Democracy Brewing

It’s been a whirlwind of a week. This past weekend, I finished my last shifts at the tapas restaurant where I have been working as a host since I moved to Boston in September. Now that I am taking two masters courses and am working as a graduate assistant this semester, working four nights at…

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Cooking Up Culture

Part of my new job as a graduate assistant for Culinary Arts is assisting with our hands-on classes. Our department holds cooking classes for kids aged 8-17, called “Cooking Up Culture.” We are hosting two classes this term, and the first one was last weekend with Irene Li of Mei Mei. Last semester, I had…

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James Beard Food Waste Event

I am about a month into my second semester of grad school. I’m taking Food & Gender and Anthropology of Food as my classes. I also was hired as a graduate assistant for Culinary Arts. This is so exciting for me because it means I get to spend more time in the BU Kitchen. So,…

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Cannoli Battle

I think it is about time we settle a Boston debate. Which popular cannoli spot in the North End is the best? (For this post, I am only discussing the cannoli rivals Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry. I do acknowledge that there are endless places to get cannoli in Boston.) If you have not had…

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