Suzi's Blog

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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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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Gooey Double-Chocolate Mocha Cookies from Theo Chocolate

The word “gooey” is increasing popular. If you use the Google Ngram app, you can track a history of word usage all the way back to 1800. Gooey did not appear at all until about 1900. Usage crept up to 1940, leveled until the early 1960’s and now doubles every 10 years or so. People…

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