Suzi’s Blog

Cookbook Review: Skinny Sippers

I enjoy a good cocktail. I do. The intensity of flavor, the splash of color, the relaxing effects — it’s no wonder that the cocktail hour prevails, whether at home or in the happy hour activities at every bar in town. Growing up in the 1950s, my parents were just like everyone else on the…

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What’s Coming This Fall

Two weeks ago I had hopes that summer might continue. This weekend in Olive, Suzen and I used the fireplace and enjoyed the leaves along every byway. Fall is here. The deer in our front yard all have their dark winter coats. And they are nibbling away at the parts of herb garden they missed…

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Beef Empanadas

  Yesterday I posted a recipe for cream cheese pastry, the perfect cover for an empanada. Today, here is a classic empanada filling: beef accented with onion, spices, raisons, olives, and — yes — just a little honey. Empanadas are a treat because they typically pack both flavor wallop and surprise. Savory + sweet is…

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Cookbook Review: Potato Salad

There is a hotel near us upstate — the Emerson — with a gift store that Suzen and I often visit. There is an exceptional blend of good things here: clothing, jams, dinnerware, coffee, and cookbooks. Suzen looks at her things and I look at mine. We do share coffee and we do find little…

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Cream Cheese Pastry for Empanadas and More

I am a fan of empanadas. I remember my first one and I remember making them decades ago. I had, then, a lovely little paperback with a pastry recipe that was part cream cheese and part butter. I moved, lots of times, and the book was lost and I just stopped making empanadas. I wanted…

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Watermelon, Mint and Chile Gazpacho

The leaves are yellow now. As yellow as that watermelon in the background. Before the leaves are gone, before the last watermelons disappear, before the mint blackens in that first frost, this is a recipe to capture the last lights of summer. This gazpacho is best served very cold, in shot glasses, perhaps with some…

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