Thanksgiving Primer III

I like the number three- everything seems to come in trifectas!

Thanksgiving is no exception- where the First Part is guests/menu, the Second Part is sketching out what needs to be done and asking for help, and the third part is:

Actually doing it.

The week before Thanksgiving is such a rush!

And yes, I […]

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Thanksgiving Primer II

Like most anything else, if I break a big big thing down into smaller pieces, it doesn’t seem so unwieldly. Thanksgiving is like that too.

I like to think of Thanksgiving in three parts. Part One is to figure who is coming, and what (and how much) we’ll have to eat.

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Thanksgiving Primer, Part I

I love love love hosting Thanksgiving, after my first time many years ago. I was intimidated even just to cook back in those days, much less host a bunch of people for the best fall holiday. Doing it the first time showed me that I could do any dinner party I wanted… practice is the […]

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Catalyst Cooks : On the Road!

Does this sound good to you?

Crash Course: Cooking Party for Four!

Cooks of all levels: Come together in my kitchen – or yours – to whip up a meal based on a theme: Bastille Day!

I’ll provide food, two bottles of wine and instruction; you’ll come and learn how to assemble and cook […]

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Un, Dos, Tres

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I hosted my first Crash Course Cooking Class!

The party was on! Check out our cool decor >>>

The Prep Table was ready to go- only needed some aspiring chefs Mexicanos.

 

We made margaritas from only the basic ingredients: Fresh-squeezed lime juice, Grand Marnier, and Tequila.

Chef James was […]

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A Teaching and Learning Week

This week has been great fun. It’s all yin and yang, back and forth. Boomerang: throw it out there, it comes back to you.

Teach and Learn.

On Tuesday, I took the Grocery Shopping Class (led by the lovely Stacy Klone) at Byerly’s in Ridgedale. Lee, my first paying customer, accompanied me- I wanted to […]

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Catalyst Cooks Future Classes…

At this point in developing the company, I’m drafting a course offering and would love your comments and feedback.

Here goes…. take a look and please comment on what looks interesting and would bring life into your kitchen (or in the kitchens of people you know!)

CRASH COURSE: DINNER PARTY

My first class just […]

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A Bit ‘o’ Trivia

(Repeat opening) YES- this is the Catalyst Cooks website- for the time being! I’m excited you’re here, if you typed in www.CatalystCooks.com, you are not in the wrong spot!

Some of you may be here for the first time- this blog is the story of how I started this new business.

However~ I’m doing a […]

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Holiday Cards for Catalyst Cooks

Hi Peeps!

YES- this is the Catalyst Cooks website- for the time being! I’m excited you’re here, if you typed in www.CatalystCooks.com, you are not in the wrong spot!

Some of you may be here for the first time- I just sent out my first round of 2008, or 2009, or maybe 2010 Holiday cards. […]

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Getting down to Business

OK. I have a statement to make. Maybe a couple.

I’M STARTING.

I am unapologetically a self-trained cook. (Thanks to a little nudging from Pam over the phone long distance, when I was in Paris preparing a Thanksgiving menu, and she was telling me how to do “real” mashed potatoes: “Cook them. Mash them with […]

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