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Hi, I’m Cathy. I wrote the blog Not Eating Out in New York for four years. Two of them were spent not eating out as a strict rule within the city where I live in. I wrote a memoir about those experiences, called The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, and host a weekly podcast called Let’s Eat In on Heritage Radio Network. I still enjoy cooking more than eating out, and have gone on to try growing my own food, too.

These are the stories, the characters, and the food of my life now, making lunch at Sixpoint Craft Ales. I cook healthy, family-style meals for the staff that brews the beer here, and friends. We grow a lot of it on the roof — vegetables, fruits, herbs and chickens who lay eggs. For a small company, it provides enough to make some kind of lunch throughout the harvest months, and it’s a fun challenge figuring out what that is. I think “lunch” could be more prioritized in our working class culture, and I’m interested in the efficiency and nurturing power of the communal meal. Throughout the recipes on this blog, I’ll be trying to make the most nutritious, accessible and likeable dishes that folks can really fuel up with for a long afternoon of work. The working man’s lunch, revisited. They often work well for large groups, but can be adapted for single servings. I’ll try to explore foods like this from all sorts of cuisines and time periods, which have perfected the art of “lunching.” In addition to homegrown produce, these may involve other artifacts from the brewery, like beer and spent grains. And just like all the recipes on Not Eating Out in New York, practicality and frugality is key.

Follow me on Twitter: @cathyerway

photo by Michael Harlan Turkell


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Time June 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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Comment from Mark Hayes
Time July 16, 2010 at 12:23 am

Cathy, just wanted to say that the new blog is great. I can’t wait to continue reading about the evolution of great food at the brewery. I also have to tell you that your book is probably the best food writing that has come out in the past 12 months (and that’s coming from someone who reads entirely too much about food). One question that maybe you could help with, or maybe answer on the radio show. With your hapa roots, can you recommend a couple of great cookbooks that you think could really help an avid cook, with little asian flavor background, find the promise land?

Comment from cathy
Time July 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hi Mark: Of course! And wow, thanks so much. Let’s see, I like Washoku: Recipes from a Japanese Home Kitchen for Japanese, and Hot Sour Salty Sweet for Southeast Asian. For Middle Eastern I love Arabesque by Claudia Roden. Fuchsia Dunlop’s Sichuan and Hunanese cookbooks are pretty good, though I like collecting vintage (and for the most part, pretty bad and inauthentic) Chinese cookbooks for some reason.

Comment from Michelle
Time July 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi, Cathy! I’ve been reading your blog, “Not Eating Out in NY” and saw that you had this new website. Thanks for sharing your recipes and experiences. I’m constantly on the search for healthier yet flavorful recipes so I’m excited to see what I will find here. I look forward to reading more posts in the days to come.

Comment from Joslyn @ missfitbliss
Time August 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

This site is great Cathy! I just found the donut peach recipe (which I love) but after reading up more about the site’s roots, I’ll def be a regular visitor:)

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Comment from SuzanneM
Time October 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Cathy, I am smack in the middle of your book and enjoying it so much. I just had to look up your blog, and was directed to this one. I love the idea of having a freshly prepared, hearty lunch to bring to work. What do you recommend for us single girls (and guys) – should I consider freezing? Or only cooking small portions at a time? My biggest problem is that my groceries often go bad. Yours truly from Portland, OR.

Comment from Ailsa Hebert
Time January 7, 2011 at 1:15 am

Garden huckleberry, sunberry, wonderberry. Found something you wrote on another site. I am looking for a recipe for sunberry and/or garden huckleberry JELLY….We grew them last year and the juice is awesome!
Take care,

Comment from Lorena U.
Time May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

Comment from Jenks Farmer
Time July 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

Cathy, I a horticulturist in SC. Working on a book, in spare time, a history of home veggie gardens & a projection of where we need to be headed. Looks like you are leading us. Is there any chance I could see your garden & interview you when in NY next week? I can bring you some cool seeds too! Thanks for considering this.
My book is lessons for new gardeners told thru stories & profiles of amazing gardeners.

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