Suzi's Blog

Babka ala Food and Wine Magazine

Babka is a yeasted bread that is loved by multiple cultures: Jewish, Eastern European and Russian. So, I was surprised when I asked Suzi, a lovely Jewish woman with root back to Bialystock, if she had ever made babka. "No," she said. "It's the cover of this month's Food and Wine," I said. "Get it,"…

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Savory Bread Pudding ala Suzen

My mother was not a great cook, nor a bad one. She was, I am sure, a very typical 1950s and 1960s, mom in the kitchen. She had a repertoire of a dozen, maybe twenty, recipes and these rotated across the days of the week. Fish on Fridays at first. Roast beef on Sundays. She…

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Focaccia from English Muffins

  "Now what do I do?" Suzen asked. It was rhetorical. She was standing with a large lump of baguette dough in her hand. Leftover dough. On yesterday's post, I noted that wonderful English muffins are made with baguette dough. But after those muffins have been cut out, there is dough left. Precious dough that…

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English Muffins from Tartine Bread

Everybody tells stories. They exaggerate. They may lie. It’s all part of life. When your spouse does, then you have to consider what to do. You can nod yes and let her think you believe her. You can make a face, but not say “no” to her, letting the face alone enough convey the message…

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