Suzi's Blog

Chocolate Brioche Pudding from Nick Malgieri

For her corporate and private events at Cooking by the Book — over 250 a year — Suzen prepares menus to let clients customize their meal. If you look at all the combinations of appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts, it is mathematically improbably that any two events would have exactly the same menu selection.…

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Devils Food Cake from Flo Braker

There are a hundred versions of Devils Food Cake, or Devil’s if you still believe in English grammar. The “standard” ingredients have shifted substantially over the past century. Variations abound: with chocolate or with cocoa, with sour cream or with buttermilk or both. With water, even, as appears here in a lovely version from Flo…

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Bombin’ Blondies from Extreme Brownies by Connie Weis

I do remember my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Decades ago. Before two, or is it three, massive expansions. Now, the Museum is as big as a cruise ship. Then, it was smaller, more intimate. There were fewer people and it was quieter. And the paintings seemed to have more impact. There…

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Cinnamon Sugar Roll Cookies

    Fans of this blog know that I have a favorite cookie: the Maxine, a refrigerator cookie with a chocolate-nut center wrapped in a dough, sliced and baked. I’ve made it for Christmas for over 30 years. Suzen and I no longer have a tree every year, but we do have this cookie. Here…

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