Suzi's Blog

Irena’s Hollywood Brownies from Best-Ever Brownies

“I need a brownie recipe. For the bake sale.” Suzen was not yet frustrated, but she was getting there. A few times each semester, the wonderful kids from the Culinary Club at Hunter High School for Mathematics and Science in New York City come to Cooking by the Book for a few hours of dedicated…

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National Pie Day and the Coconut Cream Pie Made by My Parisian Cousin Zachary

  Today is March 14 or 3/14 or 3.14. Ah, 3.14 is the start of the mathematical constant Pi, a number that has been entertaining, mystifying, and satisfying us for thousands of years. The pursuit of mathematical Pi has been a complicated and ultimately productive journey. We depend on Pi everyday. If don't inflate our…

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Crème Brûlée with Caramelized Blood Oranges

  I’m not sure what it is about crème brûlée that makes it so positively addictive. It is addictive, you know. But, that addiction could never be considered bad. Fattening, but not bad. It may be the creamy texture that coats your mouth. It may be the coolness. Though of course, warm out of the…

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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Glaze from Northwest Bounty

This cake was the very first dessert we ever made at Cooking by the Book. Back in 1988, the same year Northwest Bounty was published. We turn to this recipe at least once a year, and, if you make it, you’ll find it on your favorites list for sure. The flavor comes from that magical…

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