Suzi's Blog

A Meal for Mothers’ Day: Rice and Cabbage Minestra

Mothers’ Day approaches. Fathers and children are perplexed. You would love to cook a wonder for Mom, but, let’s face it, the kitchen is her domain. Her cooking skills are better than yours, much better. Now what? Time for a history lesson. Before there was a Rome, Central and Northern Italy had a wonderful civilization…

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Yellow Basmati Rice with Sesame Seeds

Yes, that’s the same picture from yesterday. Now, ignore the salmon but focus on that rice, and the lovely tomato cream sauce. They are a wonderful combination. The rice has plenty of flavor but that whole experience is amplified by the sauce. With yesterday’s salmon and this rice, you have a magnificent meal! Yellow Basmati…

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Coconut Rice from Madhur Jaffrey

Rice. It is staple food. Just what does that mean? In many cuisines rice is a component you expect to see on every plate, no matter what the main entrée. Particularly in Asian cuisines, rice is there — not just as a base — but as an integral part of the overall dish. Rice adds…

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New Year’s Menu Idea: Wild Rice Pilaf with Cherries and Pecans

I grew up as a nice Jewish girl in Brooklyn. I learned to cook, to be ready to be a good Jewish wife. My training did not include Christmas turkey. Brian and I easily reached our holiday menu compromise. We both love that Thanksgiving turkey. For Christmas, we strive for something new. This year it…

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