Suzi's Blog

Holiday Idea: White Chocolate Banana Spice Mousse from Marcel Desaulneirs

If you do have a Christmas dinner, and most of us do, how do you go about planning for it? There is always that resistance to just “do Thanksgiving over again” right down to the pumpkin pie. Yes, heresy. Let’s start over for Christmas. From Marcel Desdaulniers’ I’m Dreaming of Chocolate Christmas here is a…

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Brian’s Tropical 1-2-3 Delight

  How do you make a great cocktail? Mixologists are in constant migration, searching, testing, tasting, and celebrating. There are an infinite number of combinations and techniques. It’s tough to say something is the best, the ultimate. So, on that scale of 1-10, I’m going to call this a 9.99. Maybe even better. Rather than…

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Banana Black Cake from Maida Heatter

  In last week’s Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review, I featured one of the works by an American icon: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts, http://www.cookingbythebook.com/cookbook-reviews/tbt-cookbook-review-maida-heatters-great-book-of-american-desserts/ This is a wonderful and important book, as valuable for its headnotes as the recipes. You can get a real survey of American desserts by reading those headnotes and…

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Molasses Banana Cobbler

There was no way I was not going to make this. First, the header notes says it is a “decadent dessert for cold winter days.” Second, it has the word “molasses” in the title. “You are a sucker for titles,” Suzen says to me. “You are just lucky I happen to like a pretty face,”…

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