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Wine and the Thanksgiving Table

Our Thanksgiving table has an iconic image: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, and maybe something less recognized, wine. I personally cannot remember a Thanksgiving feast without those components, but for most Americans, wine on the Thanksgiving table — on tables period — is actually a relatively new addition. A holiday table in the…

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Not That We Are Boasting, But This Is Post Number 2001

Suzi has been hosting clients at Cooking by the Book for 28 years. Our website was one of the first culinary sites in New York. And our blog began in 2008. We've picked up the pace of posts — now having ten or more each week. Do that for a few years, and, well, it…

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Thanksgiving Idea: Perfect, Perfect Mashed Potatoes

I posted this recipe last Christimas Eve knowing that at the last minute some of us panic. Mashed potaotes, for a crowd. Oh dear, what do I do. I've made these mashed potaotes following the recipe to the letter.This is, quite simply, the best mashed potatoes you will ever experinece. Just do it. Don't worry.…

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Casino Royale: An Agency Cocktail

This post is in honor of the new James Bond Film. I saw my first one at age 20 and I have never missed a Bond film. And, yes, I daydream about being Bond, but that is something I never discuss with Suzen. She would never understand. I have no idea how this cocktail got…

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