Suzi’s Blog

Book Review: Infographic Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

I am a big fan of infographics. These are the “information graphics” we see more and more, particularly in print and on the web. Early trends in this style of presentation began with USA Today. The paper was derided at times for the “comics.” Today, the comics or pictures or infrographics fill the pages of…

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Thanksgiving Appetizer: Warm Maryland Crab Dip with Lemon Panko Topping

If your Thanksgiving Day feast is a long one, starting in the early afternoon and extending deep into the evening, then you’ll reach a point where an appetizer or two is in order. It’s a day for culinary richness, and this crab dip — although it comes from Maryland — seems to be from Fort…

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Classic Cornbread Stuffing from The Cornbread Book

In his little tome devote to cornbread, The Cornbread Book, Jeremy Jackson includes some recipes from Missouri and his mom. Northerners call it stuffing and Southerners call it dressing. But all of us love the side dish that makes for a complete holiday meal. Turkey without stuffing? Without dressing? That would be holiday heresy. This…

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Buttermilk Maple Spice Cake

  This cake is not gingerbread. Now, I personally love gingerbread, the spicier the better, but some folks have a different palate, one that does not appreciate the assault of too much ginger on the tongue. For those of you, and I respect you ginger sensitivity, here is a subtle substitute. “Subtle” by way originally…

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Cookbook Review: Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking by Jim Peyton

There are three kinds of “healthy” cookbooks: The bad ones The very bad ones The handful of thoughtfully written ones with recipes you can actually enjoy and possibly relish Jim Peyton is one of those very thoughtful writers who has researched and written cookbooks, a half dozen now, we can all enjoy. This book has…

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Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good from Around My French Table

This was first posted four years ago when Dorie Greenspan's magnificent Around My French Table was a soaring and stunning rage. While the buzz may have abated, there is no decline in the importance of Dorie's work. This recipe is surely one you might consider for this holiday season. You are going to have stuffing…

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