Mar 9, 2022 • 58M

Cathy Barrow’s Leftover Pierogis with Steamed Asparagus and Two Samoas

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Hey everyone,

This week’s Lunch Therapy patient, Cathy Barrow (aka: Mrs. Wheelbarrow), is the highly accomplished author of four cookbooks — Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry (an IACP Winner for best single-subject cookbook), Pie Squared (a James Beard-award nominee for baking and desserts), When Pies Fly, and her most recent, Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish

In today’s session, we talk all about the bagel, how she came up with a winning recipe, how she left her career in marketing to become a landscape designer, learning from her grandmother and great-grandmother in the kitchen (recipes like chopped liver, chicken soup, and cinnamon-swirl coffee cake). We also cover the time she ran a fish market, getting discovered by the NYT, how she makes her latkes with no matzo meal, and how “a nice piece of fish” isn’t just something my grandfather said.

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Cream cheesily yours,