Hi, I’m Katie!
My friends call me Katiebird, or just Bird, and I love to bake. I created Katiebird Bakes with you, the home baker, in mind: here you will find sophisticated yet approachable recipes that anyone can bake.
I’m a lawyer, but my real passion in life is food. I believe that food has the ability not just to nourish us, but also to create memories that last a lifetime and communities that bring us together. Some of my strongest memories are food-related: the smell of my mom baking chocolate cake on my birthday; butter crackling and browning on a griddle in my grandmother’s kitchen on a Sunday morning; getting covered in flour from the mixer while making sugar cookie dough at Christmas; pumpkin bread filling the house with the warm spiced scent of fall at Thanksgiving. I am unabashedly in love with food because it reminds me of the people I love who made it for and with me.
These days, I try to keep a balance between from-scratch, indulgent desserts and healthier weeknight meals, and that’s what you’ll find here. I believe life is about balance, and I don’t believe in diets or calorie counting. Food should be delicious, make you feel good, and create joy. The easiest way to ensure that happens is by making it yourself!
I live with my husband Brian in a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago. We met in college, and after graduating we dated long distance for four long years before finally being reunited.
(Photo credit: the lovely Katie Whitcomb Photographers)
One of my favorite things to do is cook for him, although his preferred food groups are PB&Js, Diet Coke, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and Ruffles chips with ketchup. It’s a work in progress.
I am not a chef and am a completely self-taught (and mom-and-grandma taught) home baker and cook. This means that while I test all of my recipes at least once, I’m not an expert by any means. I mess up in the kitchen a lot and it’s always a learning process! It’s part of the fun, but please know that if you change a ratio or measurement in my recipe I can’t tell you for sure how it will turn out.
Other than baking, I love working out (barre, tennis, and running by Lake Michigan), Trader Joe’s, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, wine, indulgent brunches, the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), traveling to new places, and avocado toast.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you share these recipes with friends and family, create new memories, and never stop baking!
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