Suzi's Blog

Carrot, Shallot, and Red Pepper Tarte Tatins with Cardamom

Sometimes a book can be a life saver. Almost literally. For a recent corporate team building event at Cooking by the Book, Suzen faced a serious challenge. The team of twenty had a number of food issues. The meal had to be vegetarian, but in addition, several of the team members had strong food allergies.…

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Muhammara Once Again: Topping Off Your Protein

Last month I posted this recipe for a classic Syrian dip that can only be described as addictive. For your Super Bowl party, I heartily recommend this combination of red peppers, bread, nuts, and spices. But, I just wanted to mention that Suzen and I have been experimenting with “non-dip” uses. We have tried muhammara…

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Muhammara: A Syrian Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Walnut Dip

All too often when we hear the name of a country in the Middle East, the story is one of sadness and torment. Recently, Syria has been in the news and it’s not good. Despite the ongoing adventures of troops, politicians, and fanatics, the societies continue to function, as best they can. Truly, everybody eats.…

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Sweet Corn and Roast Red Pepper Crème Brûlée

“Can you repeat that?” I asked my husband Brian. Of course, I had understood every syllable he has just said but I just wanted to see if he could repeat his tale with no sign of falsehood. I would not call my husband a liar. He can be quite a storyteller. “Okay,” he began. “I…

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