Suzi’s Blog

Frosted Maple Drops

As you wander the fall farmers markets, you are sure to see bottles and even jugs of a wonderful American product: maple syrup. When Suzen and I travel to Europe, we take a bundle of small bottles to give away to old and new friends. Eyes widen when they see the liquid gold and we…

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Cookbook Review: The Ultimate Cookie Book from Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens has titled this The Ultimate Cookie Book. And, doubling down, on the back cover there is the claim, “The only cookie book you’ll ever need.” These are bold claims, but valid ones. Suzen and I have hundreds of cookie books. Seriously, hundreds. We have old friends there on our cookbook shelves…

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Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review: Home for the Holidays by Ken Haedrich

  You may very well have a Ken Haedrich book sitting on your shelves. If you don’t, you probably want to. Pie and Apple Pie were published in 2011 and already are classic baking books. Ken’s list of books at Amazon is pages long. And buried there is a timely book from 1992, Home for…

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French Butter Pie Pastry from Pies, Glorious Pies

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies. The book has several lovely pastry recipes, all shown with a sequence of photos to guide you from flour to dough. Yes, pastry making is something that can trigger high anxiety. I can bake a cake or make a brownie. But dough making and that…

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Smoke Ham, Leek and Mushroom Pie

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies and glorious is what it is. Author Maxine Clark invented this dish for Christmas almost 20 years ago using her Scottish savory pie heritage. Suzen and I spent an afternoon quietly making the pie, decorating it, egg washing, baking, smelling, and finally, finally tasting this…

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Brian’s Triple Raspberry Treat

Yesterday I posted a cookbook review for Skinny Sippers, a volume of cocktail recipes with a twist [no pun intended]. Each of the recipes in Skinny Sippers gives you a lovely cocktail in under 150 calories. The recipes are dotted with ideas for using fruit, fruit and vegetables juices, and diet mixers to provide deep…

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