Suzi's Blog

Creme Fraiche Scones from Sweet by Valerie Gordon

    I recently blogged Sweet by Valerie Gordon, describing the book as a “goldilocks” gift. That ideal baking book that is not too simple, not too complex, but is just right. Just right for you to succeed and create wonderful baked goods [and candy, too!]. Before we blog a book, Suzen and I do…

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Sour Cream Cookies and Frosting

  Sour cream and chocolate are intimately compatible. The overlay of flavors in your mouth is rewardingly confusing. Here are two recipes from Mable Hoffman’s Chocolate Cookery, a paperback gem from 1978. The cookie is puffy, but not soft. It bakes to the point of being firm, and the nuts inside provide a crunch. There…

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Chili Mocha Frosting

Sometimes life does get better. And easier. For example, a couple of years ago, a Starbucks opened on our block. It’s around the corner, to be true, but in a short walk of 400 feet we can have our java anytime we want. There is no excuse, no matter how wet or snowy or windy,…

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Still and Forever: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

How many times have you made chocolate chip cookies?  Honestly?  Yes, you have to start counting from childhood, when you tugged on Mom’s apron and got one big serious lick of cookie dough.  That’s when our common addiction started.  Long after Mom is gone, that craving for dough, for the smell of baking cookies and,…

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