Suzi's Blog

Basil Lemon Sorbet [and an herb substitution chart]

On the top edge of the picture above, you see some Double Berry Polenta Cake, which I posted about a few days ago. I said then that the cake was so good that it could stand on its own: no adornment needed. While that is true, Suzen often loves to pair cake with ice cream…

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Lemon Bellini

“I need you to make cocktails on Thursday. Sparkling cocktails,” Suzen told me last week. “How many people?” “32.” “Oh, time for punch.” I gave my natural reaction. I was not making cocktails for 32 people. “No, individual cocktails. I suggest you do research.” Apparently I was. And so I have. For that many people,…

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Herb Sorbet to Add to Your Holiday Fare

Here’s a savory trick. You are having a holiday meal, a traditional one. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and something cranberry. What can you do to make that meal different? You can’t take away the gravy or the stuffing, but you can add something fresh and bright. Offer your dinner mates a little break between…

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My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats

Here is a cookbook review and note on a recipe-in-progress. Suzen and I were at a farmers market in Lower Manhattan last fall. That fall was warm, and lacked the surprise snow we have just experienced. I was lugging food and very thirsty and there I saw something wonderful. Fany Gerson, a very serious pastry…

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