Suzi's Blog

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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Chile Fried Rice

I love Asian cuisines. The colors, the aromas, and the flavors are so bright, so intensely different, that I crave finding a new great Chinese, or Thai, or Japanese restaurant. And no matter what kind of restaurant I’m in, I want that rice. Ideally fried, filled with flavor, and steaming hot. I also love being…

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Creole Ham, Sausage, and Shrimp Jambalaya

I was enjoying lunch, and then Suzen spoke. “Such a goyisher meal.” “What?” I asked. “You are going straight to hell.” “I’m eating a hot dog, for Christ’s sake.” I said. I lifted up the hot dog. I hoped it was Hebrew National. I didn’t have a clue. “Not the dog, this,” she said, lifting…

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