Suzi's Blog

Vanilla Julep from Infused by Susan Elia MacNeal

Ah, the photo grabs you, doesn’t it? The photos in Infused were taken by Leigh Beisch and reflect great skill. The hardest things to photograph, besides kids, are liquids: cocktails and soups. The photos in Infused will entice you. And then there are the recipes. We always speak about mint juleps because the two words…

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Ice Cream Bases, Melissa Clark, and Philadelphia: A Road to the Best Ice Cream

If you are a fan of the Wednesday New York Times Food Section, as I am, then you recognize that picture above. Red hair, strong nose, wide eyes, and studied intent. Melissa Clark is my favorite Times writer. When I pick up the Wednesday paper, I scan first for her. Does she have an article…

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Cookbook Review: Pure Vanilla Offering Vanilla Bourbon Maple Syrup

Mankind can probably never repay the Totonac Indians. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any Totonacs left. In 1519, they were conquered by the Aztecs. Now, the Aztecs did take prisoners, but only so they could take their hearts. So, I’m afraid there are no descendants left. They were clever people. Orchid lovers. Foodies. Somehow,…

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Very Vanilla Layer Cake

Have you ever wanted that classic white cake of your childhood? Very white? Very vanilla? With a great chocolate frosting? Oh, you may not even know quite what I’m talking about. Your age needs to have a first digit that is bigger than 3, because I’m talking about a classic cake that you either got…

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