Suzi's Blog

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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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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