Suzi's Blog

TBT Recipe: Coffee-Walnut Layer Cake [okay, I used pecans!]

I first posted this recipe three years ago. And once a year or so, Suzi and I make this. For ourselves or for a dinner party. Totally rich to your eye and then to your mouth, it's a classic winner. So darned good. I took one look at this cake, in Retro Cakes and Cookies…

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Candied Pecans from Nuts by Patrick Evans-Hylton

Ever had a recipe you could not make? Ever? Over and over again? I love candied nuts and I have tried recipe after recipe. From books, from friends. And they were all disasters. Some disasters so bad that I had to throw away the pan, hide gooey or burned results from my wife, and pray…

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Thanksgiving Idea: Smoked Beets with Charred Pecans and Buttermilk-Goat Cheese Crema

If you are seeking a side dish that is powerful in flavor, one that won't get lost amid the turkey and stuffing, then this is your choice. Elegant, sophisticated and probably the first dish on your table to be completely devoured. I do like beets, but it was not the “beets” word that got me…

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Pomegranate-Ginger Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Pumpkin Seeds

In My Perfect Pantry, Geoffrey Zakarian uses simple pantry elements to forge wonderful, full flavored dishes. He has a list of 50 pantry ingredients that he employs in appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts. Here the simple ingredient is the pecans. It’s an addition that cooperates with pomegranate, ginger and pumpkin seeds. This is,…

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