Suzi's Blog

Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes: The Ultimate Creation

    I cannot imagine a Thanksgiving meal without mashed potatoes. After a few decades of Thanksgivings, I have reached the stage where I can swap out the turkey for duck or maybe a stuffed pork roast, but there absolutely has to be mashed potatoes. I actually put that into my marriage contract with Suzen.…

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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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