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Kasey Rogers

Kasey Rogers has 4 articles published.

Kasey Rogers spent much of her career life in New York City's commercial film industry. After running “The 2Beans Café” in Alexandria, Ontario for several years, Kasey continues to pursue her love of cooking and passion for writing. Granting both a huge part of her life, she has been cooking and writing and writing about cooking ever since returning to the States.

What’s in it?

Stracciatella satisfies and nourishes with surprisingly little fuss, photo by Kasey Rogers.
Stracciatella satisfies and nourishes with surprisingly little fuss, photo by Kasey Rogers.

We all seem to have these pivotal moments in our lives. Moments that have come to define us. They’re not necessarily big moments. They’re moments that we easily recall. Moments that influences the way we approach life, for better or worse.

I had this type of moment as a teenager. My mother decided to use food can labels to wallpaper the bottom half of the wall in our kitchen. Don’t ask where she got the idea, but she started collecting labels from friends and family. When she had enough, she trimmed them and I helped her as she used wallpaper paste to stick them to the wall. Soon the lower half of the kitchen wall had a colorful array of labels. Whenever we sat at the kitchen table, it was hard not to read them.

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Kasey à la mode: A little Valentine’s Day Sweetness

Kasey's New York Style Cheesecake; photo by Kasey Rogers.
Kasey's New York Style Cheesecake; photo by Kasey Rogers.

My husband Paul was born on Valentine’s Day. He once told me his mother wanted to name him Valentino. I’m so glad she changed her mind!

The first time I made dinner for him was to celebrate this double occasion. I wanted it to be extra special so weeks before his birthday, I started planning.  First, I consulted my Aunt Lil. She was an excellent cook with an extensive collection of cookbooks. She suggested I come over and she would help me comb through some of her recipes. 

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Our daily bread

The rewards of homemade bread really do outweigh the work; photo by Kasey Rogers.
The rewards of homemade bread really do outweigh the work; photo by Kasey Rogers.

I’ve been thinking a lot about bread lately. As a child, I use to pester my neighbor Mrs. Swanson for bread and butter. Somehow, hers always tasted better than my mom’s. She coated each piece with a thick layer of butter. It was heaven to me.

My love affair with bread never ended. No matter how many loaves I bake, there’s still an excitement when I take a loaf out of the oven. I can almost hear the steam that escapes when it’s sliced. The long, cold nights in the Berkshires where I live might be one reason I have bread on my mind. Is there anything better than dunking a piece of chunky buttered bread into the bowl of soup? It’s so much better than using a spoon to get the last of the liquid.

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“Kasey à la mode,” a column of flavorful phrases, debuts

2Beans Café & Tearoom, the former bistro owned and run by Kasey Rogers, author of "Kasey à la mode."

Ah, food! Is there anything more delightful than eating a home-cooked meal? Yes! Preparing one! As a child, I picked wild blueberries in the woods behind our house. Then I’d help my mother roll out a pie crust. I remember eating cucumbers straight from the vegetable garden in our backyard. Cooking was a creative outlet and an expression of love. Was it Cesar Chavez who said, “the people who give you their food give you their heart?”

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