Suzi's Blog

Fudgy Pumpkin Squares with Gluten-Free Option

For some reason, we tend to eat pumpkin only in a short window of time each fall. Frankly, a lovely pumpkin pie seems to be an appropriately colored Easter dessert. Pumpkin cookies or squares are actually welcome any time. Suzi’s corporate customers at Cooking by the Book just keep picking this dessert year round. Whether…

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Karleksmums or Chocolate Coffee Squares from Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

I recently posted a review of a lovely book, Fika: The Art of Swedish Coffee Break. We often think of coffee or espresso being consumed in a Paris café or an Italian square. But the Swedes drink more per capita and they do it with fervor. Coffee is not enjoy in solitary. The Swedes have…

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TBT Recipe: Coffee-Walnut Layer Cake [okay, I used pecans!]

I first posted this recipe three years ago. And once a year or so, Suzi and I make this. For ourselves or for a dinner party. Totally rich to your eye and then to your mouth, it's a classic winner. So darned good. I took one look at this cake, in Retro Cakes and Cookies…

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Baked Churros with Dark Chocolate Ganache

For her customers at Cooking by the Book, Suzi knows that the dessert has to be the perfect cap for the evening’s meal. Teams come into her kitchen, cook together, and then dine on their creations. That final dish, dessert, has to fabulous. When you have 20 or 30 people in your kitchen, you can…

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