Suzi's Blog

Thanksgiving Idea: Roasted Baby Carrots with Balsamic-Bitter Chocolate Syrup

And now it begins. My wife and I rarely fight, but late October and into November is our debate season. We are focusing on what to serve during Thanksgiving week when we are feasting with friends and family. Each year now we want something new to adorn the table. We agree on that. We do…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies from Dorie Greenspan via Paris

Some foods are just American. Apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, … Ah, well, about that pie. There is tart tartine from France which is certainly a forerunner of our treat — and to be truthful a good tartine can give a good apple pie a very strong run for the money. Or the Euro. But…

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Chocolate Nutmeg Cupcakes & Glossy Coffee Frosting

“We’re making this,” Suzen announced. We had a family dinner to attend and, as usual, our contribution was dessert. I had a Roasted Banana Bread Pudding in mind, because I always bring chocolate and I was feeling guilty about that “always” stuff. Time for something new. So what does my not-so-fond-of-desserts wife hone in on?…

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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Glaze from Northwest Bounty

This cake was the very first dessert we ever made at Cooking by the Book. Back in 1988, the same year Northwest Bounty was published. We turn to this recipe at least once a year, and, if you make it, you’ll find it on your favorites list for sure. The flavor comes from that magical…

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