Meet our member of the month, Otehlia Cassidy,

the blogger behind, Madison Eats.

What was your original motivation for your blog? What keeps you motivated?

My original motivation for my blog was sharing the stories and recipes that inspired me and connected me to people on my travels. I experienced so much personal growth and connection to humanity, myself and others on those journeys especially when sharing meals or learning to cook. Now my blog focuses more locally on Madison and the partners that I work with. I think they similarly inspire me; they are passionate about what they cook or create and connecting to others through their food. I feel inspired by that passion and want to share it with others through my tours and blog.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Wow, one meal. That’s tough. Could I say tacos? I think that really encompasses a healthy array of flavors and ingredients. My fave taco would be grilled fish with avocado, pico, pickled onion and cilantro.

What has been your biggest cooking disaster?

It’s pretty silly, but I’m known in my house for burning bacon. I get side tracked and in that one minute it needs to crisp, I forget to pull the bacon out and it burns.


Holiday cooking usually leaves us with some leftovers! What is one of your favorite meals to make from leftovers after big holiday meals?

I love stuffing and can always go for a plate of leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy.

How do you stay sane during Wisconsin winters?

I used to love winter so much, but it has gotten harder to enjoy as an adult (shoveling, snowblowing, outerwear dropped all over the floor:). I try to encourage my kids to go outside, so that usually means I have to go outside, too. Once I’m out, I am always glad. I love fresh snow, the quiet of a winter day and sledding with them. And enjoying a hot drink upon our return.

December Member of the Month: Otehlia Cassidy

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