Cafe Raymond Brunch – Pittsburgh, PA

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I got to visit Pittsburgh for the first time in about a year and a half. I did make a couple trips to see my family in New Castle over the past year, but given the situation with Covid, I did not venture past my parents’ house. This time, we made…

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A Seasonal Brunch

Today is my best friend’s birthday, so naturally I decided to write a post poking fun at him. Back in October, Chris and our friend Anthony came to Boston to see me for my birthday. Excited to have visitors after being in isolation for so long, I planned a three-course brunch to share with my…

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DC Harvest Brunch

I am kicking off an entire week devoted to brunch starting with a review of my latest brunch out. Last month, I reunited with my friends on my first trip back to DC after a year and a half. Feeling nostalgic for all things DC, I chose a few activities that I knew we could…

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The Year of the Cake

Let’s be blunt. This year was dreadful. This was one of the loneliest years of my life. There are so many things that I miss, but human connection is probably at the top of the list.   We have all had to find our own ways to cope with the challenges of this year. The one…

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The Best Bread Pudding Recipe

Bread pudding has a bit of a bad rep. Maybe it is the concept of making a dessert by baking leftover bread in a pool of custard that leaves some unimpressed. I, however, adore it. Bread pudding is the perfect combination of cake and custard, two of my favorite things. I do not know if…

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Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

This is a piece I did for my food writing class, inspired by Pastry Chef Janine Sciarappa. Apple Cider Doughnut CakeWith a Few Tweaks, Apple Cider Doughnuts Become Cake  Move over pumpkin spice. Apple cider is here to claim its crown as the ultimate fall flavor. Apple Cider Doughnut Cake, inspired by the popular fall breakfast treat, brings the harvest…

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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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Whoops! I made too much mayo

I had this hankering for some homemade mayonnaise. Weird vibe, I know. I don’t particularly like mayo, but the craving would not subside. I bought some burgers from work, and I knew some fresh mayo would add a nice touch. I made a traditional mayo seasoned with lemon pepper. The problem is that there is…

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What To Do With Leftover Ravioli Filling 2.0

If I had to guess, I would say there have been a lot of people making ravioli from scratch during Covid lockdown. A post I wrote way back in the early stages of this blog has been blowing up lately. Yes, I am talking about my post on what to do with leftover ravioli filling.…

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A Day in Maine

I’ve struggled a lot over the past month to find motivation to read and write, though I certainly got in some proper cooking and baking. In addition to several other factors, I’ve been feeling trapped in a life without purpose. I didn’t uproot my entire life just to experience that monster called unhappiness in a…

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