Suzi's Blog

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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Brian’s Ham and Green Chili Empanada Filling

A miracle occurred. I can’t explain what happened except to use the “M” word. I have often said that I misplaced my copy of Empanadas, a slim book from 1984 that was my introduction to empanadas and had the most heavenly dough. The other day, without intent, I walked out of the kitchen and went…

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Cipollini in Sweet and Sour Sauce

When I see the phrase “sweet and sour” I always pause. My memory cuts in, and I can taste the sweet and sour pork from my favorite restaurant in the Chinatown of Portland in the 60’s. I suppose those little pork nuggets were sweet but it was the pucker-inducing sourness that made me devour them…

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Yeasted Overnight Pancakes from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

Joy Wilson’s Homemade Decadence believes that brunch is the key meal of the day, or of the week. I know, brunch needs to be special and that means work and we all like to sleep in a bit on Saturday and Sunday. So, if you don’t want brunch to be served at 4PM, just before…

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