Katy Jordan joined our team in April 2016 as our Communications Director
How did you arrive at Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
I was first introduced to the organization in 2011, as a then-reporter looking for story ideas. I rode around with Ashley for a couple of days, wrote an article and produced a video on Lovin’ Spoonfuls. After that, I was hooked. I’ve followed the organization’s growth and success over the years, and have a been a proud friend and supporter. When I learned of the communications opening, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get on board!
Do your friends and family consider you a good cook? Any signature recipes?
I’d like to think so, since I do so much of it. I probably spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about food. A lot of my free time is spent cooking, and I try to use seasonal ingredients, which sometimes requires some planning.
I like to cook ethnic food, so recent favorite dishes have been Japanese and Indian-inspired things. I’ve been working on my sushi rice recipe lately, as one of my favorite meals is a bowl of sushi rice topped with grilled fish, ohitashi (boiled and marinated spinach) and Japanese pickles, sprinkled with seasoned seaweed. I could eat that every night for dinner.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
It’s the end of the week, so not much. Leftover pappardelle, some leftover grilled chicken thighs, and stray vegetables that need to be cooked tonight. I try to keep leftovers stocked so I don’t end up just feeding my toddler peanut butter and jelly. That also takes some planning.
You would also find an obscene amount of condiments (I’m a big fan of mustard), that are beginning to take up as much real estate as the actual food.
What’s your favorite childhood food memory?
My dad loved to cook — it was a delight to watch him in the kitchen. Homemade cookies and meatballs were two of his favorite things to make. He passed away five years ago, so I cherish those food memories. Every time I make meatballs, the act makes me smile because it reminds me of him.
Has this job made you more aware of your own consumption habits? Have you made any significant changes as a result?
I’ve adopted some habits to cook in low-waste ways (juices and smoothies, hooray!), and I think I’m generally pretty self-aware on personal food waste. I genuinely feel sad when I don’t cook something in time and it gets tossed. It feels like such a waste of all the effort and resources that were put into growing or producing a food item. I’m sure I can thank ‘Spoonfuls for that awareness.
What’s your favorite place/restaurant/neighborhood in Boston?
Place: Esplanade and Arnold Arboretum
Restaurant: Oh boy, I have many. Kaze in Chinatown for shabu, Giulia in Cambridge and Bar Mezzana in the South End, both for pasta, Myers and Chang for fun Chinese, and Toro for general awesomeness, to name a few.
Neighborhood: The brownstone-lined streets of the South End are hard to beat. I live in Jamaica Plain now, and can tell you that’s also a terrific place to get lost wandering the streets. It’s an absolutely beautiful place.
What is your motto?
It might not be a motto, but I’ve always liked the Nietzsche quote:
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
Who are your heroes?
I’m lookin’ at you, mom!