Creativity with cooking: Alum finds YouTube success with unique recipes

By: Guy Brown, Contributing Writer

From her No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake, to her unique baked “fried” pickles or Buffalo Chicken Dip Cupcake recipe, 2010 alum Caitlin Gola has prepared all sorts of meals on her Youtube channel “Cait Straight Up,” which has gained over 100 thousand views in just four months.

Her channel is all about, “Good food, strong drinks & straight talk,” according to the “Cait Straight Up” about page.

Gola always had a passion for cooking, especially for the people she loved.

Her friends would gather together at Gola’s apartment in Towson for a good meal after finishing their homework for the day.

Although she pursued a major in the Mass Communications department, Gola credits her alma mater for much of her success and passion for using new media as a way to explore her interest in cooking.

“Enrolling in Towson University’s mass communications program was one of the best decisions I made,” Gola said.

In 2010 when social media was just starting to take off, Gola was able to utilize her mass communications degree and dabble in the culinary arts and create her brand.

In June of this year, Gola decided to create her YouTube channel as a way to share her recipes and cooking tips and tricks. With just over 30 videos currently posted, Gola has 168 followers on her YouTube page and about 9,600 on Twitter.

Game days and holidays are some of Gola’s favorite times and most memorable moments, and her videos reflect that.

She recommends viewers watch her rib tutorial, which is easy enough for any beginner-level chef.

“It’s perfect for any game day,” Gola said.

Gola also offers many seafood tutorials inspired by her time on the East Coast.

“There is nothing like experiencing seafood in Baltimore during the summer time,” Gola said.

To see some of Gola’s unique recipes, visit her YouTube page, “Caitstraightup.”

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