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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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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Milk Chocolate Frosting from Flour Flavors by Alice Medrich

I know, Hanakah and Christmas and New Year's are past us. But, the holiday season now does not officially end until Super Sunday. So, you still have time for holiday baking. We should all thank the NFL. And this extended holiday season truly is, for many of us, the peak baking season of the year…

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