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Catalinans in the Kitchen
Catalinans in the Kitchen

The next time you're looking for inspiration in the kitchen, here are three Catalina alumnae you can turn to.

Marissa Anschutz Hermer '99 just released her first cookbook, An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a California Expat. (Hermer, who was a star of the Bravo TV reality series Ladies of London, recently moved back to Los Angeles with her husband and three kids.) She says: "The recipes are all of my favorite parts of my California upbringing mixed with homey British favorites. ... And I'm not a chef—so promise you will be able to do it all." Recipes include veggie curry, mushroom and tarragon pie, Irish stew, and her own "kitchen sink frittatas." Keep an eye on her website for any upcoming book tours.

Alyssa Dougherty '10 is writing up recipes for gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar-free living on her blog Alyssa Unsweetened. Recent entries have included an orange quinoa salad, blood orange chicken, seared scallops with quinoa and squash, and pumpkin spice crepes. She also offers recipes for natural beauty and lifestyle products, like a turmeric face mask or (just in time for summer) bug spray. Dougherty, who lives in Washington, DC, is a meditation teacher-in-training, so you'll also find posts and recordings that nourish you in other ways.

Dina Nassar Guillen '82, who lives in Folsom, CA, is a master of plank grilling—using alder, hickory, maple, or cedar planks to give your dishes that wonderful smoky flavor. She's written two cookbooks on the subject; her latest, Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Food with Flavor Using Wood Planks, includes Mongolian veal chops, spare ribs with blueberry barbecue sauce, and a variety of creative pizzas. You can get a taste of her recipes on Cookstr.

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