Suzi's Blog

Brian’s Frozen Banana Pineapple Calmer

To be fair, it was my fault. To be honest, he should have known better. Most evenings my kitchen is filled with 20 or more people cooking a meal together. Cooking by the Book is a leader in culinary team building, so we have firms from around the world coming to learn and laugh and…

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Banana Cake from Sweet Chic

  Constant communications confusion causes kitchen catastrophes. Say that five times quickly. Or, this one. Big banana bunches briefly bring baking bounties. Brian said something about getting bananas. As a favor, I did it for him. He did it for himself. We now had a bowl of rapidly aging bananas. Lots of them. And no…

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Mango Banana Salsa

There you are in the produce aisle. There it is: big, colorful, obviously ripe and juicy. You try to walk past, but it murmurs “Buy me” and you succumb. It’s okay. You are only human and mangos have that tropical reputation. Don’t feel guilty. Who could resist? But, but, now that you have those mangos…

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Portland Cream Pie

Growing up in Portland, one of my favorite desserts was Boston Cream Pie. I used to fantasize about what kind of city could have created such a magnificent array of vanilla cake, custard filling and whipped cream topping dotted with bananas. Yes, it’s called a pie, but this really is a richly endowed cake dessert.…

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