Suzi’s Blog

Maple-Glazed Apple and Sweet Potato Gratin

Ah, here’s that sweet potato again. And again, the question is simple: how to transform this beast into something delectable. In The Thanksgiving Table, Diane Morgan has fun with both sweet potatoes and words. She calls this dish a gratin, but do not worry about the cheese calories: no cheese here. Instead, this is dish…

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Cookbook Review: The Cornbread Book

Jeremy Jackson has, to my knowledge, written only two cookbooks: Desserts That Have Killed Better Men Than Me [2004] and The Cornbread Book [2003]. I haven’t seen that Dessert book, yet, but I have The Cornbread Book and it’s what you might call a tidy little gem. At just over a 100 pages, there is…

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Maple Spice Cookies from Ken Haedrich

“Delicious,” Suzen said. Coming from my wife, on a scale of 1 to 10, that’s an 11. To my shock, she reached for another. Now we are up to a 12, an appropriate number actually for baked goods. You see, Suzen does not like cookies. At all. If we sat down with a plate of…

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Cookbook Review: Extreme Brownies by Connie Weiss

“Another brownie book?” Suzen asked and she was not happy. We do have whole shelf of brownie books in New York City. And another upstate. “It’s not a brownie book,” I answered. I had to be careful not to sound defensive. Blood in the water. Shark circling. “Brian, read the title,” she said. Hands on…

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Crunchy Candied Pecan Brownies

Love pecans? Relish brownies? Time to double down. Author Connie Weis has just the solution for you in her new and modestly decadent book Extreme Brownies. There are fifty saliva-inspiring recipes in this book. This one caught my eye because I do love my pecans and I adore candied pecans. The thought of marrying candied pecans…

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Tipsy Cornmeal Cake

Soft, delicate, subtle. Not this cake. If you want a cake with “texture” and “flavor” that bites you back, resists your bite, then here is a recipe for you. And, it’s one to absorb any leftover berries you might find before fall freezes us all. The cake uses equal amounts of cornmeal and all-purpose flour.…

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