Cooking the Book and Hurricane Sandy

Cooking the Book and Hurricane Sandy

  Just so you folks know, everything and everybody at Cooking by the Book in Lower Manhattan is fine. Well, the power is is out, won’t be back for a few more days and we are going to have to purge our refrigerators. We live a quarter mile from the Hudson, and it...
Pear Infused Silver Tequila

Pear Infused Silver Tequila

Fall is upon us. Fruit abounds and there are many ways to use it. “I’m going to make this so we can deglaze with it. Think of the flavors,” I said. “That would be flambe,” Suzen rebutted. “I’m not setting fire to this,”...
Michael’s Pedernales River Chili

Michael’s Pedernales River Chili

Chili or chile? Bean only, meat only, or both? My son Michael settled on “chili” and has offered this chili recipe at the annual Halloween party for years. It’s a great recipe, full of meat and beans. It’s easily scaled up for a party size and...
Candied Bacon Cashews

Candied Bacon Cashews

This recipe is for anyone who loves cashews, bacon, and sugar. Okay, it’s not a kosher recipe, but in that case you can see how to quickly modify this for use in Israel, Muslim lands, or places where bacon is not loved. This is a brilliant way to serve up...
Swizzle with Sizzle and Fear

Swizzle with Sizzle and Fear

      If you are throwing a party, like a Halloween party, here’s a way to spice up the beverages. Add a swizzle stick that evokes fear, concern, or a giggle. The one shown here uses lime slices, maraschino cherries and cloves. Arrange the pieces as shown in...