Suzi's Blog

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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Thanksgiving Idea: Stuffed White Onions as Enjoyed by Claude Monet

“No,” will be the response by my wife to this recipe. Not to the recipe itself, but to the timing. “Why?” Suzen will say, “Do you want stuffed onions, meat-stuffed onions, on Thanksgiving when you will already be having bread-and-sausage stuffing?” “Because I do,” will be my response. That's true. I'm just intrigued at the…

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Cipollini in Sweet and Sour Sauce

When I see the phrase “sweet and sour” I always pause. My memory cuts in, and I can taste the sweet and sour pork from my favorite restaurant in the Chinatown of Portland in the 60’s. I suppose those little pork nuggets were sweet but it was the pucker-inducing sourness that made me devour them…

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