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!

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  • The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Bach…!?

    The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Bach…!?

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    Organize the music selection several days before a party. The earlier the better… the music won’t spoil and it’s another important detail that can be crossed off a long to-do list. Turn on the music and set the lights before … Continue reading

  • The Early Bird

    The Early Bird

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    Anything that can be done in advance should be done in advance, no matter how small it seems. Make a goal of having all of the advanced tasks done 15 minutes before the guests are due; then, a few minutes … Continue reading

  • Location, Location, Location

    Location, Location, Location

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    Remember the oven space! When planning your menu, keep in mind the oven space available and plan the menu accordingly. If you’re serving warm appetizers, don’t fall so in love with them that you don’t cut the supply when it’s … Continue reading

  • Dessert has Food Groups?

    Dessert has Food Groups?

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    To plan a balanced dessert buffet, select at least one item from each basic dessert “food group”: chocolate (truffles, brownies, chocolate dipped fruit), non-chocolate (macaroons, sugar cookies, nut bars), and fruit-based (tarts, pies, crumbles). For extra credit, select a custard/cream … Continue reading

  • Think Big

    Think Big

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    To save time but still have variety on your dessert buffet, make trays of desserts and cut them down to buffet size. Instead of making individual lemon tartlets, make a tray of lemon bars and cut them down to two-bite … Continue reading

  • Food in Balance

    Food in Balance

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    A basic balanced menu will include a protein (i.e. fish, poultry, pork, lamb, beef, tofu), a grain (i.e. rice, potatoes, bread) and a vegetable. Build a dinner menu starting from these basics, and fill out the meal from there as … Continue reading

  • Plan for Success

    Plan for Success

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    The key to a successful event is planning, beginning with the menu. Take care to balance dishes that require last minute active work with dishes that can be made in advance and / or cooked “passively” (i.e. in the oven, … Continue reading

  • Don’t Spoil Their Dinner (Too Much)

    Don’t Spoil Their Dinner (Too Much)

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    When deciding appetizers for a dinner party, consider lighter fare so guests aren’t overly stuffed with heavy rich snacks when they sit down to the beautiful meal you’ve prepared. Foods like specialty Italian and French olives, pickled carrots, cherry tomatoes … Continue reading

  • Building the Bar

    Building the Bar

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    Creating a full cocktail bar can be expensive, so build your bar over time. Start with the liquors, liqueurs and mixers needed for your personal favorites. Then, ask new guests in advance what they like to drink, and add to … Continue reading

  • Drink Smarts

    Drink Smarts

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    Keep a drink reference guide near the bar set-up so you can easily look up your guests’ favorites and be the host with the most. Check out The Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich.

  • Bar Equipment for Beginners

    Bar Equipment for Beginners

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    Basic specialty bar equipment includes a cocktail shaker and a shot glass – anything else you might need is probably already sitting in a cupboard somewhere. That zester in your tool drawer? That’ll work for the bar, too! When you’re … Continue reading

  • Glassware for gimlets?

    Glassware for Gimlets?

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    The proper glass for a specific drink lends sophistication and style to any gathering, but never let convention keep you or your guest from enjoying anything from the bar. Basic glassware for the bar includes a tall glass (often called … Continue reading

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