Suzi's Blog

TBT Recipe: Juliet’s Kisses from La Dolce Vita by Michele Scicolone

I first posted this recipe three years ago. And every couple of months since, when I have wanted a cookie, a great cookie, I've returned to it. These display the power of confectioner's sugar combined with cocoa: you achieve a soft texture that is like a chocolate pillow. And as comforting. Here's the original post. Bake…

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Jamaican Coconut Cake

When the chill factor is 50 below, and you can’t make it to your favorite tropical island, then you can bring a bit of the islands to you. This lovely cake, which is gluten free, has an intense flavor of intertwined coconut and almond. Added in, of course, are a half dozen spices, lightly applied,…

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Gingerbread Loaf from Warm Bread and Honey Cake

Warm Bread and Honey Cake is lovely book with two components: interesting recipes from around the world — ones I’m sure you won’t have seen before — and very detailed background histories on each treat in the book. Take gingerbread. This cake is not served as often now as in the 1950s and 1960s but…

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Almond-Olive Oil Sable Cookies with Chocolate from Theo Chocolate

My wife is a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, where the only olive trees are in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, under glass. And her great-grandparents and grandparents emigrated from Poland where, again, any olive trees have to be grown indoors. Yet Suzi craves olives as if she was living under palm trees with her own…

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