cooking class in Cambodia

I’m a middle school science teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I run a lot, love vegetables (and dessert), read books and knit whenever I find the time, and take way too many pictures of food. Oh, and my husband Mike and I are the proud parents of the cutest little girl in the world, born September 12, 2011.

Mike and I spent a year traveling and teaching English in Asia in 2009 and it was pretty incredible year. We spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and South Korea and ate a ton of amazing food, met a lot of wonderful people, and saw some phenomenal places.  There were some struggles as well, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I was lucky to grown up in a family that valued good food and always put home-cooked meals on the table.  My mom taught me some basic kitchen skills when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until a home ec class at school that I fell in love with cooking.  I cook a mix of healthy vegetarian recipes, indulgent desserts, and love to play around with flavors from cuisines all over the world.

Questions, comments, and concerns can be sent to catesworldkitchen@gmail.com. I promise I’ll write back!

44 Responses to “About Cate”


  1. 1 knowledgetoday March 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. 2 H2babe April 11, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Your adventure is very inspiring! Please keep on writing about your experiences (food, life, and everything in between..)

  3. 3 jeff May 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    i’m subscribed! anxious to see/read about your new adventures. thanks a lot for coming into the shop today. it was great seeing you guys.

  4. 5 Briana June 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve been living in Seoul for ten months, and, left to my own devices, I’ve been eating the same three things: mandoo, tuna with mayo, and pasta with tuna and mayo.
    I’ll try some of your ideas, seeing as I have none of my own 🙂
    And I’ll subscribe too, as soon as I figure that out….
    Nice work!

  5. 6 Keith July 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Nice blog.

  6. 7 Miri August 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Cate! Love your blog. I spent a lot of time in Thailand after college and absolutely loved it. I admire your appetite for adventure! I look forward to reading more soon.

  7. 8 sylvia September 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Cate,
    I just love all your recipes—I”ve been a vegetarian for about 30yr. so I can totally adapt any recipe. PLEASE keep up the good work.

  8. 10 michelle September 24, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Oregonians know it best! I grew up in Corvallis, went to UP and then moved to Australia. I totally know what you mean about wanting to see the world through food…it’s my life as well. I am followin you for sure!

    Coming back to Portland anytime soon?

    M

  9. 11 Catie Hill September 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Cate!

    I was just googling “pumkin, coconut milk and chocolate chips”…looking for recipes to play with. Found yours and noticed your name. Wanted to say hi!

    🙂

    Catie

  10. 12 Emily Roemmich October 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Wow, you are so lucky! I got bit by the travel bug in high school and went to Croatia and Brazil. Then I got married and had a baby– that kind of puts things on hold. Have fun teaching in Korea!

  11. 13 Evelyn Love December 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Your grandmother Betty Wise wrote us about your blog in her Christmas letter. World cuisines, baking, and cooking interest me a lot. Your blog is fascinating. Keep up the good work!

  12. 14 Mōsh January 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Cate – Congrats! Finally a web site with recipes that I spent hours just browsing (and putting on the menu for the week)! I travel a lot and half of what I like to do is eat and cook everything along the way. (fried bamboo worms in Thailand). You’ve got a fan in Breckenridge, Colorado!

  13. 15 Wizzy February 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hi Cate,
    Just stopping by to say thanks for ‘adopting’ me.

  14. 16 Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul March 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Love the blog, and your awesome story.
    I just started a blog too, and am always on the lookout for more kitchen inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. 17 Eleanor Hoh (WokStar) April 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Love your site and what you’re doing. Great to see you’re using Asian influences in your cooking. Head on over to my blog for some ideas on veggies. My background in teaching word processing and many other hats have helped me with figuring out how to make cooking creative and fun vs following recipes. I know this is how I enjoy cooking and it’s what excites me to share it with others.

  16. 18 shuey May 18, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Hi Cate, I like your site, keep it up. Will keep your site on my blogroll. 🙂

  17. 19 Su Chin June 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Cate, after reading your blog for a year without leaving a comment, i wanted to express how much i love your blog and your cooking style! as a korean living in germany i was especially interested about your reports from my home country. all the best, su chin

  18. 20 Sarah @ Mum In Bloom June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Stumbled onto your great blog from Food Gawker. You take beautiful photos and I’ve bookmarked many recipes to try. I’m a new follower now 🙂

  19. 21 Sara July 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I have tried a few of your recipes and bookmarked a ton more. So delicious, and great pictures to accompany the recipes!

  20. 22 The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I love your blog; fabulous recipes and wonderful content. Keep up the great work Cate!

  21. 23 Anna October 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I stumbled across your website & I’m so glad I did! Your oreo cookies & cream cupcakes and your oreo cheesecake cupcakes are gorgeous & definitely new family favourites at my house. There are so many more of your recipes I want to make!

  22. 24 Lindsey @ Morningstar Project November 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog from CNC and see that I have a lot in common with you. I”m also in the education field and studied abroad in Thailand (god I love south east Asia), so I’m excited to keep reading!

  23. 25 caroline November 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Just found your blog and am loving it! you are awesome cate 🙂 Let me know if you are ever in downtown SF for a fun workout class or run 🙂

  24. 26 Valerie Tonner November 11, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Greetings Cate
    I love your original blog. I love world food that is healthy. I have a live link on my blog for my visitors to visit you to find inspiration and healthy recipes.
    Best Regards, Valerie

  25. 27 Cate January 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    CATE! My name is Cate too, and my greatest loves are running and cooking. I also wanted to start a blog about both of those things. No idea how I found your site, but I’m happy I did.

    Woweeeee, the internet is so cool! Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

  26. 28 Deborah March 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Hi Cate,

    I love your blog. I have been following for several months now and feel that I need to leave you a comment! I’m Canadian living in Uganda for work. I was recently bitten by a spider (this story has a point, I swear) and had to get the bite on my leg drained and cleaned and now I have to get the hole in my leg unpacked and packed with clean gauze daily. So I am house-bound because I can’t really walk and I’m too lazy to be working from home. I’ve just spent the last hour or so reading through your past blog posts – and they are all great! I really love the stories that accompany your wonderful photos and recipes. My spirits have been instantly lifted in the past hour and I am inspired to try out many of your recipes. I also really love to run (which I wont be doing for a few weeks while my leg heals…sigh) and I’m really excited that you’ll be run/walking Boston. I can’t wait to hear about it!

    Thanks for your blog and for lifting my spirits today!

    All the best,
    Deborah

  27. 29 Caitlin March 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hey there!
    I’d like to pass along a Stylish Blogger Award to you. I love your blog and I love to come here for inspiration when I’m in the mood for a vegetarian dish. You can pick up the award on my blog post here:
    http://meandmyroommate.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/stylish-blogger-award/

  28. 30 Bobbywayne May 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi Cate,

    Really enjoyed your site … I have been checking out sites to find recipe’s for diabetics. I sometimes cook for people who are diabetic and are Carb counters, finding it hard to cook for them.

    May God continue to bless you, your family, and all of your endeavors.

  29. 31 Jennie July 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Cate!
    I love love love your blog! So many amazing recipes and photos. I live right next to the border of Daly City in San Francisco…just thought that was a pretty awesome fact 🙂

  30. 32 Kyra July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Cate-

    I really enjoy your blog and love your recipes, I especially like the one bowl vanilla cake recipe, it’s my go to for a quick cake or cupcakes. I just love the fact that you’ve personally made all these recipes yourself and can give tips and feedback on them. Please keep it up!

    Regards,
    Kyra

  31. 33 Shayla @ The Good Life August 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hey local! 🙂 I just found your blog from Meghann’s site in the comments section and wanted to say hello since I live right by you here in San Mateo! Happy to find your blog and congrats on having a baby soon! My husband and I are currently trying and it’s such an exciting time 🙂 Nice to meet you and I look forward to following you along this journey!

  32. 34 Carol Newman September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I love your blog. I have been following for several months now and feel that I need to leave you a comment! I’m Canadian living in Uganda for work. I was recently bitten by a spider (this story has a point,I swear) and had to get the bite on my leg drained and cleaned and now I have to get the hole in my leg unpacked and packed with clean gauze daily. So I am house-bound because I can’t really walk and I’m too lazy to be working from home. I’ve just spent the last hour or so reading through your past blog posts – and they are all great! I really love the stories that accompany your wonderful photos and recipes. My spirits have been instantly lifted in the past hour and I am inspired to try out many of your recipes. I also really love to run (which I wont be doing for a few weeks while my leg heals…sigh) and I’m really excited that you’ll be run/walking Boston. I can’t wait to hear about it!
    +1

  33. 35 Molly September 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

    She really IS the cutest baby in the world!

  34. 36 Koko @ Koko Likes November 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    What a cute baby pic! She is gorgeous!

  35. 37 Vicky April 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and love it! That’s awesome you got to spend a year in Asia teaching English. My boyfriend and I are currently planning a 2 year backpacking trip through Europe and Asia during which time we’ll continue to run my food blog and also run a travel blog (http://acoupletravelers.com/). I’m planning on reading through all your travel posts and get some good tips!

  36. 38 Tricia Poblete June 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and love all the different types of vegetarian and dessert recipes! I can’t wait to try the Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. Hope your family and you have a wonderful summer.

    Tricia

  37. 39 angie July 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I think I accidently found your site looking for sweet potatoes recipes and your recipes are great! I’m not a vegeterian but am trying to find uncomplicated and new ways to use vegetables and your site is perfect! I like your stories too! 🙂

  38. 40 Debby September 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I just came across your website by accident when looking for spinach mushroom quiche….started browsing and I love your website! What great recipes! I’m bookmarking your website so I can always refer to it!

  39. 41 Anne September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Cate – I came across your blog looking for an egg nog cupcake recipe last Christmas and have been stealing cupcake recipes ever since! (My husband is still asking for the egg nog cupcakes though…) I am also a runner/triathlete, teacher and mother of a baby girl (2 months) so I also love hearing about your other adventures (besides cooking and baking). 🙂

  40. 42 Dani November 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Fantastic blog. love it. I’m inspired every time I read it to cook something yummy; now if only I liked running! One step at a time.

    you are a busy lady, thank you for sharing your time with this blog, it is appreciated by many.

  41. 43 jerzygirl45 January 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Really like your blog – the recipes and the style of it. I was wondering if there is a recipe for the pizza pictured in your header. It looks scrumptious. Thanks. Keep up the great work.


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