Suzi’s Blog

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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Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review: Tapas by Penelope Casas

  This week’s Throwback Thursday cookbook review is a classic: Tapas by Penelope Casas. First published in 1985, and republished in 2007, Tapas was a breakthrough book. In 1985, how many of us knew what tapas was, or had ever sampled tapas at a restaurant? In fact, in 1985 in the United States, how many…

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On Fondant and Gum Paste and Modeling Chocolate and Modeling Paste: Edible Confusion

Yesterday I posted a review of The Icing on the Cake by Juliet Stallwood. It’s a brilliant book about decorating cakes and cookies with exceptional flavors and figures. Juliet is a specialist in making complex, and often 3-D decorations. In her book, she describes how to make some of these figures, like that lovely mouse in…

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