Articles by Katherine Cassidy


Bottom Line: Needing to scale back my eating

on April 03, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Time to order some stretch pants, perhaps? Looks like it, unfortunately, from all angles. I’m not counting on a close friend to tell me this, because I know this firsthand, and for a fact, too. It’s been several months since I’ve seen the better side of 160 pounds. I started …

What I wish I had known 30 years ago about food

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
Things might have been different, had I felt differently about eating good food and cooking for myself in my 20s and 30s. I was simply too lazy and, at times, too pampered to care enough to learn to cook. Besides, my writing life as a sports reporter in Boulder, Colorado, …

My better breakfast: Over-the-top, steel-cut oatmeal

on Jan. 20, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
Used to be, in my 20s and 30s, I skipped breakfast. Then I got better about breakfast in my 40s, and a bowl of Cherrios replaced the cup of coffee, nothing else. Even while married, Cherrios was the most effort I could manage for breakfast for years. Then, about a …

Newbie cook self-reports: I’m a ding-a-ling no more!

on Jan. 03, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
“Why was I such a ding-a-ling all these years?” My mother hesitated. Maybe, before she responded the other day, she was considering in which way I was presenting myself as a ding-a-ling this time. (There are several possibilities). I meant, why did I never bother with cooking until now, when …

Cooking my first turkey became my own Christmas gift

on Dec. 27, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
Just like millions of households across America a few days past Christmas, my refrigerator holds the remains of a picked-over turkey. It’s ordinary post-holiday fare for most, but it’s extraordinary for me. My turkey isn’t fancy, but it’s flavorful. And best of all, it’s my first. This is the year …

Public suppers, casseroles make for perfect food fit

on Dec. 17, 2015, at 8:24 a.m.
To everyone who learned how to make egg noodle casseroles in junior high home economics class more than 40 years ago — I have now drawn even with you. Turkey noodle casserole got me there, last week. “Casserole” has seemed like the perfect kind of public supper dish, to me …

Learning to cook is same as learning to plan ahead

on Dec. 11, 2015, at 8:57 a.m.
My plan to learn to cook properly is still full-on, but the holidays seem to be stuffing it up. That, plus my inability to plan ahead for how I’m going to make this cooking plan work. I can shop for $50 worth of good food, which I did last weekend. …

How first-time pork chops led to a roomful of smoke

on Dec. 05, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
Good thing I live alone, because Thursday night was Pork Chop Night at my house. This wasn’t just any Pork Chop Night, the way my older brother used to do every Thursday night. Pork Chop Night was a staple for Gilbert, his wife and me, when we all lived in …

Food for our holidays, versus food for their lives

on Dec. 02, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
#GivingTuesday took place the world over online on Tuesday. (Likely you have heard more about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two days that preceded Giving Tuesday, about getting everything you want). Giving Tuesday began three years ago as the right response to excessive consumer craziness: Giving not until it …

Sweet potatoes, pies and Patti LaBelle’s recipe

on Nov. 22, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
Singer Patti LaBelle, who gave us 50 years of soul music, now offers us her sweet potato pie product. Heard about that? The Today Show let us know on Friday that the 8-inch, pre-packaged dessert, selling for $3.48 exclusively at WalMart, sold out across America in advance of Thanksgiving. Seems …

Dad, who died last week, loved his food, his way

on Nov. 18, 2015, at 10:06 a.m.
This blog could continue to be all about me, and learning to cook. Or, it could become all about us, and our appreciation for food, kitchens, dinner tables and entertaining with food, and gardens and farmers’ markets, and the so many more aspects of sourcing, preparation and enjoyment of food. …

Never heard of eggnog chiffon pie ’til I made one

on Nov. 10, 2015, at 9:36 a.m.
When the Lubec Memorial Library put out a call to contribute desserts for its fundraising dinner last weekend, I didn’t ignore the signup sheet like I always have. Full of myself and my new cooking intentions, I became the second name on the list: Katherine Cassidy, Pie. Never mind that …

How one Cooking Matters class moved me to tears

on Nov. 07, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
Clearly my approach to my plan of learning to cook this year has been more “Tell me what to do” than do-it-yourself, so far. That will change, but I’m not sure when. Right now, it’s working for me. On Friday, after making dinners (sort of) for others under the guidance …

Because Cooking Matters, I signed up for a how-to class

on Nov. 07, 2015, at 1:11 p.m.
Clearly my approach to my plan of learning to cook this year has been more “Tell me what to do” than do-it-yourself, so far. That will change, but I’m not sure when. Right now, it’s working for me. To date, I have done three good things with respect to learning …

My all-new kitchen calls for an all-new attitude

on Nov. 02, 2015, at 12:11 p.m.
My small house in Lubec was built in 1950. But the old-fashioned, 1940s-style stove that came with my kitchen wasn’t my style when I moved in, back in June 2012. Friends who saw my stove, fell in love with my stove. Not me, though. They all saw more possibilities for …

Take my dinner, please — what I asked of my friends

on Oct. 28, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
I wrote that starting with my 56th birthday, that I would learn to cook. (It’s complicated). So that happened, one day later. On the Friday evening two weeks ago, we put out the word — dinner at Berta’s house. The caveat: Katherine’s cooking Now, we could safely say this, because …
Katherine Cassidy

How lobster rolls cost me my seat in the Legislature

on Oct. 24, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
My public admission two weeks ago about my decision to learn to cook at 56, had its perils. Should I share the fact, beyond my inner circle, that I have never put a meal on the table for others? That would mean letting on to all my friends, enemies and …

Making “Joy of Cooking” part of my life, even at 56

on Oct. 20, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
“Joy of Cooking” served as the go-to cookbook for our parents’ and even grandparents’ generations. So it was a natural birthday present for me from my father many years ago. The copy I still have carries his hand-written note: “For Katherine, on your 27th birthday. Know that the way to …

Introducing the Late-in-Life Cook

on Oct. 14, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.
At 56, I think of myself as a great catch. But, that’s the catch: I am useless in the kitchen.

International marathon built on local support

By Katherine Cassidy on June 04, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.
The inaugural Bay of Fundy International Marathon, set for Lubec and Campobello on June 23, has attracted more than $20,000 in local sponsorship arrangements. “We are an international marathon, and also a very local marathon,” John Hough, race director, said last week. “We could not have put together this first …