Lamb Chops with Pasilla Chile Sauce from Rustic Mexican

  Suzi was doing her semi-annual labor of love: fashioning a new menu for her cooking school, Cooking by the Book. It’s the only fully hands-on cooking school in New York City, so she has to find recipes that a team of twenty can prepare in about one hour in our...

TBT Cookbook Review: The Gentle Art of Preserving

It seems impossible that this TBT cookbook appeared five years ago. Suzi and I turn to books by the Caldesis almost every day. This book on preserving is in a class by itself, an encyclopedia of all the preserving techniques that mankind has fashioned. It will...

TBT Recipe: Blueberry Crumb Cake

  Summer heat means the berries are ripe, rich and sweet. So, for this week's TBT recipe here's a Blueberry Crumb Cake that you can use 7X24. It's great for breakfast, of course. Cake always is. Brunch? This can be the star. And at night, after dinner or on your...

Cookbook Review: Cook Like a Local in France

  Suzi and I will always remember our first morning in Paris with total recall. Well, the afternoon with recall. We had taken a Red Eye from New York and got to Paris around noon. We were dead tired but far too excited to get a nap — which most travel experts...

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Ballymaloe Irish Stew

  Suzi and I are on our last weekend of Spring Break out in the Southwest. I’m gambling in advance as I write this [April 5] that spring has not yet arrived in the East. If it is still chilly, ...

Molasses Chews from Jean Anderson

    Jean Anderson is one of our favorite cookbook authors. Her From a Southern Oven in 2012 is a staple for us. We’ve tried with delight recipes like her Peppery Cheese Rounds and her...

Cookbook Review: Pickles and Preserves

  Suzi and I are in Utah, somewhere on a trail. Our backpack has some noshes for eating along the way. And that will include pickles. From my 2014, here’s a great, great book for pickling...

Fast Apple and Mint Side Dish

  When Suzen has classes at Cooking by the Book, everybody gets to work in the kitchen. The whole team coming to us is divided up into smaller groups, each group prepares one dish of the meal,...

Macaroni Pie Ferrara Style

    As a kid Fridays were tough for me. I ate at public school but, in deference to Catholics, they served only fish-sticks mac-and-cheese. Friday night at home, my mother was only...

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