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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Curried Lamb Shanks with Carrots, Chickpeas and Potatoes

        Whatever was wrong with me? I used to hate chickpeas. Hate. With passion. Now, I love. With passion. And I know why. This year we have come across an exceptional hummus recipe [http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recipes/red-pepper-hummus-smoked-paprika/] and now this sumptuous dinner treat from Curtis Stone. In a word, this recipe is magnificent. And just…

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Herbed Crushed Potatoes [well, really smashed]

Often we prepare our potatoes with swiftness. One [step] and done. Baked or fried or boiled. Salt, pepper, butter or mustard or sour cream. Quick and ready to eat. Consider a different, slower, more complex, but oh-so-good path. These potatoes are cooked twice: once in a simple boil and then roasted with oil you have…

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Potato, Cauliflower and Camembert Gratin

This post finishes the series on what we had for Easter dinner last Sunday. I’ve saved the best for last. If you google “what does cauliflower taste like” you have a quick descent into a tar pit. There are plenty of discussions, not about what it tastes like or why, but what to do about…

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