Suzi's Blog

Baked Eggplant with Lemon-Infused Couscous [and perhaps other things]

I’ve done a bad thing. It’s been bothering me for a couple of weeks and I would like to resolve it. Thing is, having done this bad thing, having confessed to it, I suspect I will do it again. And again. Oh, I did not do it alone. In fact, Suzen was the mastermind. In…

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Vegetable Crostata with Honey-Thyme Glaze

This year’s Valentine’s Day feast at Cooking by the Book featured duck breast — yes, that recipe will appear tomorrow. Now, duck is a little tricky. There’s the fat and how to cook it without generating duck leather. And with its own intense flavor, you have to wonder what to pair duck with. Working with…

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Thanksgiving Special: Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini and Eggplant

I'm repeating this recipe just in time for you to enjoy during this holiday season. It's absolutely delicious, vibrant with rich and caramelizing vegetable flavors. It's a match for anything in a major meal, say that Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing and gravy. Easily made, it presents like a Rennaisance painting on the table. Visual excitement…

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Grilled Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Salad

We return again and again to Olives, Lemons & Za’atar by Rawia Bishara. When she came to this country from Palestine, she discovered many new treasures in American markets, including those deep purple eggplants that seem to beckon us all. But, what to do with that eggplant? Rawia offers a Middle Eastern solution to that…

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