Were you looking for another recipe video? Then you’re in luck! Bwog has teamed up with GS students and the Food Pantry to produce a four-part series of cooking videos, where recipes are crafted using ingredients from the food pantry. This week’s chef is Megan Calderazzo, and she’s making scones with berries and cream!
Firstly, give us a quick introduction!
My name is Megan Calderazzo, and I’m a senior at GS majoring in History (Modern Europe). On campus, I’m involved with the Food Pantry, the GS Mentor Program, Reflect, and the General Studies Student Council, and served as the VP of Campus Life for this academic year.
Why and how did you get involved with the Food Pantry at Columbia, and what inspired you to make these cooking videos for them?
I got involved with the Food Pantry last year to help Matt Lynskey and to be more involved on campus. I had just gotten to GS and wanted to give back to a place that I felt had given me so much before I even stepped foot in NY. The Food Pantry was started, and I believe, still mainly run, by GS students and I wanted to be a part of it because of the important work they do and for the GS connection in particular. I contributed to the video at first as an assistant to Matt, and then became a featured chef! I am a home baker, and when the person who was going to do a dessert was unable to film on the chosen day, I offered to share my scone recipe as it is fairly easy and uses many of the ingredients the Food Pantry offers.
How did you get into cooking, and what is your favorite thing to cook?
I come from a large family, I’m the second of four kids, so my parents cooked a lot at home as opposed to going out to eat. Mealtimes always involved the six of us gathering to talk and bond in addition to sharing a delicious home-cooked meal. My grandmother (mom’s mom) had nine kids and has amazing, cheap, delicious recipes that feed a ton of people, and I liked that idea that she would cook for them all plus whoever had been at the house (often she was feeding a small army of neighborhood kids!). So my recipes are definitely family-style, mainly of the baking variety (large batch cookies and other sweets), and all fairly accessible with regards to ingredients and price. My favorite things to cook are enchiladas, roast chicken, cacio e pepe, scones, and cookies.
Where does this recipe come from? Do you use cookbooks for inspiration, or is it all trial and error?