Suzi's Blog

Brian’s Ginrita: A Really Simple Cocktail

                  Part of the trick to entertaining is to maintain balance with the stages of the evening. When guests come to our house — which really means when they come to our kitchen where every party seems to focus — we always have an array of appetizers…

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Sparkling Mojito Martini for Flowing Bridal Showers

People come to Cooking by the Book for many reasons: corporate team building, birthday parties and — more and more — bridal events. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are on our calendar every weekend. I love the enthusiasm and joy of these events where women celebrate this most important step forward in life. Naturally, if…

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Grilling a Steak and Maximizing Meat Flavor

While nothing beats a great steak, we often struggle to attain that greatness. How often have you, or someone at your table, reached for salt, and salt, and salt, to get the flavor boost you are convinced that steak needs. Of course, there are the endless lines of bottled steak sauces all there for you…

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Grilled Succotash

Everybody probably recognizes the phrase “sufferin’ succotash.” The phrase was uttered by the cartoon cat Sylvester and at times by Daffy Duck. That was in a gentler time when F-bombs were not strafing our cultural environment. “Succotash” itself is an Indian word from the Northeast meaning “boiled corn kernels.” The dish was once very popular,…

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