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Southwestern Pepper Medley

  “How about this?” I handed Suzen the first recipe I had found thanks to Google. “No,” she said in a flash. Had she read the recipe? No. Did I mind? No. It was the first one. She always rejects the first one. “Okay, how about this?” She got the second. She paused, actually scanning.…

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Green Bean and Asparagus Salad with Roasted Garlic and Garlic Vinaigrette

My mother was deathly allergic to garlic, so I never had garlic until I was about twenty-four and tried an Italian restaurant in East Baltimore. Cheap restaurant, so when the food tasted different to me, I made a face. A discussion with a waitress followed and I suggested she get her own fork and taste…

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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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Puree of White Beans with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

On a snowy Sunday, I found Suzen checking out our cookbooks. “What are you looking for?” I asked. I can be helpful. Sometimes. “Something interesting,” she said calmly. She’s not six feet tall so her hand was reaching up to manipulate the books on the top row. “Something chocolate?” I suggested. Suzen likes chocolate. “Go…

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