Suzi's Blog

Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving

Once the snow disappears, and that was just a month ago, we watch the emergence of wildlife upstate. We have three acres, hundreds of trees, and many animal visitors. There is a family of wild turkeys that patrols our neighborhood. At any time, anywhere from one to seven turkeys can appear on the meadow in front…

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Happy Easter from Cooking by the Book [and a selfie]

Suzen and I wish you a most Happy Easter and Passover Season. We hope your kitchen and your household are filled with warmth and joy. Our newest family member is Winnie. She took this selfie this week. Technically, it was me holding the camera with my finger on the shutter release. But it was Winnie…

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Grandpa’s Cheese Barn and Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Last fall Suzen and I drove from New York City to Knoxville. We did not quite drive directly. I wanted to see the famous West Side Farmers Market in Cleveland, Ohio, a brick monument to meat. It’s a treat to visit, but it left us a few hundred miles off course. South of Cleveland and…

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Bar Cyrk: Where to Drink and Eat on Thomas Street in Tribeca

Thomas Street in Tribeca is narrow and one way. Really just one lane, an amplified alley. At 88 Thomas, between West Broadway and Hudson, there is a new establishment: Bar Cyrk. The inside is perfectly beautiful, an Art Deco hall room flawlessly and exceptionally decorated. The music is old jazz, soft and inviting. The food…

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