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Welcome to Savory Notes! I’m Cathy. I’m 26 27 28 29 30, and I’m loud.

I was born and raised in Syracuse NY, and for 22 years, it was home. Then my older sister invited me to Southern California. I ended up falling in love with a boy and decided to stay!

Savory Notes is a culinary diary of things I love, like, and dislike, with articles, recipes, and photos along the way. You’ll always get my honest opinion, even when you don’t want it.

FAQs Etc:
What kind of camera do you use?

99% of my pictures on here were taken with a Nikon Coolpix P80. However, I’ve recently upgraded to a Nikon D3300 (but there are no pictures up from that camera, yet!).

Why don’t you show us more step-by-step pictures?

Because everyone knows what a bowl of sifted flour looks like. I do provide step-by-step pictures when things need to look a certain way in order to proceed with the recipe (like caramelizing, risen dough, etc).

Will you review my product if I send it to you?

Please use the form on the contact page for that type of thing.

Who designed your site?

My entire site was designed and built by Michael Dailey, of Boxhead Creative. He’s honest, fast at replying to my thousands of emails, and talented.

Have you gone to culinary school?



And it was too f#$!ing expensive.

So what are you doing now?

I’m studying Food and Nutrition as part of a Nutritional Science program.

Favorite foods?

Pickles, and giardiniera. I’m pretty sure vinegar has replaced my blood…

Least enjoyable foods?

Black/pinto/kidney beans, curry, beets, horseradish,¬†and bleu cheese. If a recipe calls for those ingredients, I’ll add them because I’m always open to changing my own mind… but it hasn’t happened, yet.

Anything else?


This is my husband, Mike. He’s a human garbage disposal; he’ll eat anything, (except watermelon). He’s the complete opposite of me: patient, calm, and logical. And I hope all of our babies have his adorable, curly hair.

I’ve moved 6 times in the past 6 years, and every kitchen we’ve ever had, has been tiny. Teeny tiny. If-more-than-one-person-is-in-there-at-a-time-someone’s-butt-is-getting-touched, tiny. But, I kinda feel like it’s my thing now. I’d probably drown in a big kitchen.


We have two awesome cats:
Gambit Zero Protoman Jr III. He enjoys lying all over clean clothes, belly rubs, and hiding… cuz he’s a big scaredy cat.


Harvey Nimble Oates. He adopted us, (he snuck into our garage one night.) His hobbies include getting into EVERYTHING, aggressive nuzzles, and having adorable thumbs.

On May 26th 2015, we became parents to the sweetest little boy. I refer to him as Little Bear on here:

I do not receive any products for free; every thing I have comes out of my own pocket. If I did, however, receive a product for free, it would absolutely be mentioned. I am not affiliated with any Kitchen/Food company or industry. It’s just me, doin’ my thing. All of my opinions are my own, and I do not get paid by anyone for runnin’ my mouth.