Cathy Schreiber

I work in consumer marketing communications at Meyer Corporation (follow us at Facebook.com/potsandpans!), where my focus is culinary writing, editing and special projects. My food roots are familiar to lots of food lovers and cooks: my grandmother and mother were excellent cooks and bakers, and I somehow learned to bake at home without being purposefully “taught”. Ours was the house with treats like homemade lemon meringue pies, cream puffs (or “profiteroles” as I later learned to call them), German chocolate cake, decorated Christmas cookies, and popcorn balls. We ate “exotic” food like tostadas, homemade pizza and enchiladas for dinner while my friends were eating tuna casserole (thanks, Mom!).

After college, graduate business school, and a career in marketing communications, I attended culinary school for pastry arts, worked as a pastry cook, and started a specialty food business… all the while addicted to cooking shows featuring greats like Jacques Pepin, Lorenza de Medici, Sara Moulton, Martin Yan, and yes, Julia Child. I cook now for my husband – the perfect match for me since he loves to eat and has the metabolism of an Olympic athlete – and, on Saturday nights, for the priests and their guests at our parish house. Mostly, my cooking style is “Gourmand” with a good helping of “Sustainably Selective.” Sometimes I’m “Healthy Habits.” And sometimes, I just wanna eat. Let’s cook!

Articles & Recipes by Cathy Schreiber

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  • Mom

    Mom – Family Food Traditions

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    When I got married (more than twenty years ago!), my mom started signing her cards and letters to me with her name. As in “Jean.” Up until then she always signed “Mother,” but I always called her Mom, even after … Continue reading

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    A Good Soak – How to Marinate Meats and Fish for Best Results

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    To marinate or not to marinate? That is the question we posed to expert chef Bruce Aidells, author ofThe Complete Meat Cookbook and founder of Aidells Sausage Company. His answers to this and other questions were generous, open and friendly, like … Continue reading

  • Chocolate

    Beyond the Hype – Discovering the Healthful Properties of Chocolate

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    Is chocolate a health food? Sadly, no. But, chocolate does have some healthful properties that, when taken in moderation, can be part of a wholesome balanced diet. You’ve probably heard this before. For several years now, there’s been buzz around … Continue reading

  • Canning

    Capture the Season All Year Long – Canning and Preserving

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    Everything old is new again, so the saying goes. Canning and preserving is no exception, and it’s definitely back. For starters, canning is “on trend” with several current food philosophies – like eating locally grown foods more often, practicing more … Continue reading

  • Dirt

    Dirt On Our Hands – Community Supported Agriculture Encourages Healthy Eating and Supports Local Farms

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    Community Supported Agriculture may not be brand new, but it is an idea whose time has come. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, have become increasingly popular as a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal … Continue reading

  • Blooming Beauties

    Blooming Beauties

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    Make your flower arrangements a day or two in advance of a special event. This gives the flowers a chance to open up in time for the big day, and it “checks the box” on what can be a time … Continue reading

  • What’s Next?

    What’s Next?

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    For any larger special event, give yourself a hand by writing a timeline for the food – there’s nothing worse than reaching to serve the roasted potatoes, only to realize you forgot to put them in the oven! Any cook … Continue reading

  • Cinderella, Cinderella!

    Cinderella, Cinderella!

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    Iron the linens and set the tables (whether seated or buffet-style) the day or more before a special event. If necessary, cover tables with large clean sheets to keep everything in pristine condition. Cover stacks of plates on a buffet … Continue reading

  • Dust Up

    Dust Up

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    Give the public areas of your home a thorough cleaning the week before a party, then do “touch up” cleaning the day before, or day of, your event.

  • Shop, So You Don’t Drop

    Shop, So You Don’t Drop

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    Do the food and beverage shopping for an event as far in advance as possible. Most beverages will keep for several weeks if not longer, so decide what you’ll be serving and shop a couple of weeks in advance, then … Continue reading

  • May I Borrow a Cup of… Dessert Forks?

    May I Borrow a Cup of… Dessert Forks?

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    Count silverware and glassware a few weeks in advance of a big event – remembering if you need salad and dessert forks in addition to main course forks. If you’re short on supply, consider borrowing from a friend or renting … Continue reading

  • Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs

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    Don’t forget the chairs! Make arrangements to borrow from friends or rent any extra chairs you might need for party day.

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