Suzi's Blog

Cilantro, Raisin and Almond Rice [Not my Grandmother's]

  Have you ever done something that seemed strange, maybe wrong, but you did not know why and you just did it anyway? I really never thought about it growing up. My grandmother did it, taught me, and always seemed naturally comfortable doing it. It was one of my earliest food memories. I knew, of…

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Red Cabbage Salad with Almonds: The Upscale Alternative to Cole Slaw from James Peterson

    I have this thing about cole slaw. Most of it is really not very good, particularly the deli styles that seem to have been processed through a lawn mower. You disagree? Take a deeper smell. And, Suzen and I can never agree if we try to make it for ourselves. I like mine…

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Slow Cooked Moroccan Chicken with Apricots and Almonds from Michele Scicolone

We need to clarify something. The phrase “slow cooker” does not refer to some dim-witted person in the kitchen. No, a slow cooker is one of those kitchen devices you may have ignored for some time. You may have one already, orphaned on a back shelf. Or you may walk by them in your local…

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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon

A couple of days ago I posted a blog about Lamb Chops with Black Currant BBQ Sauce. It’s a great recipe. Just one issue: what do you serve with it. You see, side dishes are perfect only when they meet the Goldilocks criteria: not too little, not too much, just right. You need to find…

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