Suzi's Blog

Roasted Strawberry and Jalapeno Freezer

There is that old tale, promoted by real estate agents, that if your house is going to be shown, then you should have chocolate chip cookies in the oven. The aroma will sell your house. Not that pool. Nonsense. You should have strawberries roasting. It’s far more poetic. From Cocktails for the Four Seasons, by Jenny…

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Sugar Syrup Revisted

Whack. Bam. Crunch. It’s a melody that has been occurring periodically in our kitchen. “Don’t hurt the marble.” Suzen is very protective of her counter top. I’m protective of my plastic quart container. My fridge always has a quart of sugar syrup on the top shelf, ready for use in cooking and certainly needed for…

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Sparkling Mojito Martini for Flowing Bridal Showers

People come to Cooking by the Book for many reasons: corporate team building, birthday parties and — more and more — bridal events. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are on our calendar every weekend. I love the enthusiasm and joy of these events where women celebrate this most important step forward in life. Naturally, if…

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Wildberry Sangria

It’s Father’s Day. And I am posting this late, but this idea will be perfect for any Sunday afternoon from now until the snow flies. Sangria is one of those terms that can inspire delight or disgust. The bottled “sangrias” you can buy are generally lamentable, distant and very poor cousins to something freshly made…

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