Suzi's Blog

Brian’s Jalapeno and Cilantro Margartia

There is an upscale burger chain called Hopdoddy that began in Austin and now has over a dozen locations in Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California. If you find yourself near one, treat yourself and go. It’s fun. At the main Austin location, you’ll stand in line for almost an hour, just to get in the front…

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Cilantro Cream from Dos Caminos Tacos by Ivy Stark

There are no little things, or so someone said to me. Several times before she left. Anyway. It turns out, there are small things, tiny gems that can adorn a plate or a dish and promote it from good to great. Take sour cream. By itself, white and stingy to the palate. Put it atop…

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Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger, and Cilantro

  When Suzen tells a group that has come to do a group event at Cooking by the Book that they will be preparing a sweet potato side dish, you can see the frowns on many faces. “Trust me. You haven’t had anything like this,” she reassures her audience. We never have leftovers. Guests, who…

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Cilantro, Raisin and Almond Rice [Not my Grandmother’s]

  Have you ever done something that seemed strange, maybe wrong, but you did not know why and you just did it anyway? I really never thought about it growing up. My grandmother did it, taught me, and always seemed naturally comfortable doing it. It was one of my earliest food memories. I knew, of…

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