Suzi's Blog

Karleksmums or Chocolate Coffee Squares from Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

I recently posted a review of a lovely book, Fika: The Art of Swedish Coffee Break. We often think of coffee or espresso being consumed in a Paris café or an Italian square. But the Swedes drink more per capita and they do it with fervor. Coffee is not enjoy in solitary. The Swedes have…

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Baked Churros with Dark Chocolate Ganache

For her customers at Cooking by the Book, Suzi knows that the dessert has to be the perfect cap for the evening’s meal. Teams come into her kitchen, cook together, and then dine on their creations. That final dish, dessert, has to fabulous. When you have 20 or 30 people in your kitchen, you can…

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Karen’s Chocolate Peppermint Bourbon Walnut Fudge from Marcel Desaulniers

I am a generous person. Why should Christmas spirit only appear in December? Why should we limit the treasures of Christmas food? Marcel Desaulniers wrote I’m Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas in 2007. Lots and lots of idea, all chocolate of course. If you are not a holiday baker, not into cookies or cakes or cheesecake,…

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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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