Suzi's Blog

Suzi’s Caramelized Onion Tart

If you are reading this blog on our website, Cookingbythebook.com, then you’ve discovered the site for my wife’s cooking school. Several times a week, 20 to 50 people come to our Tribeca loft and cook a meal together in our kitchen. The large group is divided up into smaller teams with each team preparing one…

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Curry Onion Tart from The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan

I find onion tarts to be irresistible. The tart crust, gooiness of the filling, and the onion tang make for sophisticated comfort food. Sophisticated, yes, but still comfort food. It’s a recipe not to play with. And then I read The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. Using her Indian heritage and her British influenced baking…

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Corinne’s Pickled Onions

Corinne Trang is a central figure here at Cooking by the Book. She does many things, all of them well: teaching, creating menus, helping clients. But what Suzi and I always wait for is appetizer time. Clients coming into Cooking by the Book for a corporate team building event are greeted with beverages and appetizers.…

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Cold Beef a la Mode from Claude Monet

The recipe is one that Claude Monet enjoyed and he actually wrote this recipe down in his culinary journals — journals that were translated into the book Monet’s Table back in 1989. This is a modification, by Monet’s kitchen staff, of a classic French dish, which originally included cooking for hours with a pig’s or…

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