Suzi's Blog

Setting the Table: A Lovely Centerpiece for Your Holiday Table

People often bring things to a holiday party. For post-Thanksgiving party, Cynthia Beckman brought the centerpiece. It would be an vast understatement to say Cynthia is a decorating genius. It help, of course, that she simply loves making anything she is around beautiful. Cynthia’s centerpiece concept here is elegant, rich, and simply. First, get some…

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Size Does Matter: Substituting Round Pans for Square

“I looked,” I said. “I can’t find one.” Suzen turned and looked at me. She began to say, “That’s a load of …” But she stopped. “I’ll look,” she said. “We have one.” “Oh, I know we have one, Suzen. I just don’t know where.” We needed an 8” square pan. We were in our…

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Brian’s Ginrita: A Really Simple Cocktail

                  Part of the trick to entertaining is to maintain balance with the stages of the evening. When guests come to our house — which really means when they come to our kitchen where every party seems to focus — we always have an array of appetizers…

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Blackberry Sauce from Jeni

  In yesterday’s blog for corn ice cream, I mentioned that its creator, Jeni Bauer, suggested freezing the ice cream in alternating layers: ice cream and blackberry sauce. Instead, we made the sauce on the side and served it on top of the ice cream. Either way, you will consume it all. This is about…

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