Suzi's Blog

Best Baked Beans Period

When our friends Cynthia and Robert asked if we could come to dinner, Suzen automatically said yes. And I was so happy. Robert is gentleman, with a talent for sangria. Cynthia is an exceptional party cook. Everything, and I mean everything, at her meals is wonderful. This Saturday there were spiced cashews on the first…

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Bulgarian Cast Iron Chicken with Bacon and Sauerkraut

  “I’M TRYING TO WORK HERE!”  Suzen was vociferous. “I was just trying to clarify a point about you, Suzi. You are really a Queenie.” “Brian, for the last time, I am a Brooklyn girl.” “No, your parents had their home in Queens.” “I was BORN in a BROOKLYN hospital.” “Yeah, well that’s a bit…

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Cobb Salad from Patricia Wells

I am, in a word, a fan of Patricia Wells. I love her cookbooks, packed with ideas that tempt me page by page. I relish her travel books: those Food Lover’s Guides to Paris and to France have given many of us perfect journeys along the timeless streets of cities or the rural byways of…

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Salisbury Steak with Wild Mushroom Gravy

“Salisbury” is one of those vague familiar words. You’ve heard it before, but no image may jump about in your brain. Just to remind you, Salisbury Plain in England is where Stonehenge is located. Salisbury Steak is something that has a less distinguished aura. James Villas, author of From the Ground Up, describes Salisbury Steak…

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