Suzi's Blog

Brian’s Banana Sauce for Cake, Ice Cream or Midnight Refrigerator Runs

The secret to a long marriage is to avoid confrontation. That takes time. And in the course of that time, the marriage can be strained or flail or fail. I’m in the safe zone with Suzen. At least five days a week. She is very sensitive to her cooking. It’s almost, always good to great.…

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Hard Sauce

  “No, you got it wrong.” Suzen said. “Again.” “Suzen, the recipe you gave me said sweet potatoes. I wrote the blog based on that.” “Change it, Sweetie.” So I am. This wonderful, wonderful dessert is made with pumpkin, not sweet potatoes. Point of full disclosure: one of us at Cooking by the Book did…

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Anchovy Sauce from Northern Italy

There are memories that seem to linger in your memory for decades, as clear as the moment you first experienced them. For Suzen and me, a trip to the fish market in Venice is one of those symbolic times. We were there one gray morning, the air cold and smelling of salt and fish, as…

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Butter, Fresh Sage and Walnut Sauce from Lidia Bastianich

With Thanksgiving behind us, but with frost on the ground, we can all use some lighter food with an autumn touch. Here’s a pasta sauce from Lidia’s Family Table that is deliciously different. This Butter, Fresh Sage, and Walnut Sauce is lovely over many pasta choices. Lydia’s book has recipes for freshly homemade walnut-flavored pasta,…

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