Suzi's Blog

Vitamix Holiday Squash Soup

We are fortunate at Cooking by the Book to have the blenders supplied by Vitamix. We actually do not call them blenders. To everyone, staff and guests, they are simply the Vitamixes. We use them, but privately many of us worship them. These are amazing machines whose power and versatility outdo anything else you might…

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Mexican Meatball and Pasta Soup

I, uh, wanted something unhealthy for dinner. Not really terribly unhealthy. Just a lot of cheese and some meat and … “No.” Suzen said. She took the magazine from me, sat, turned pages, stood up and showed me a picture. “You’ll like this. I’m making it.” Now, at that point I had choice of actions,…

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Michele’s Favorite Tortilla Soup

My daughter-in-law Michele grew up in Kansas City. But she went to college and graduate school in Texas and now lives in Austin. She is very proud of this soup. And I will say rightfully so. You remember how French Onion soup seems so satisfying. Well, this is a serious rival. The broth and chicken…

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Hot Fish Soup

  This is a recipe for a very authentic Southeast Asian soup. That authentic character means this is a multistage recipe, building to a sumptuous conclusion. There are a lot of ingredients and the preparation time is going to be about 3 hours.  Now, there is a tradition of fish on Christmas Eve. If you…

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