Pullman Loaves and Suzi

Pullman Loaves and Suzi

Suzi is a baking fool. It’s Friday and here in New York City she’s plotting the Saturday and Sunday baking schedule in our upstate test kitchen. What flour does she need, does she have, does she need to buy? Which recipes to tackle? What secret ingredients to use?...
Refreshing Crackers

Refreshing Crackers

  “You need to seal crackers up,” Suzen announced to me. The tone was a bit reprimanding. And I knew she was right but … But, how often do you open the wax paper container for a box of crackers, often with a knife or scissors, and then struggle...
Focaccia in the Round

Focaccia in the Round

Suzi bakes bread. Lots of bread. At her cooking school, Cooking by the Book, guests are always greeted with appetizers and beverages. Those appetizers often feature the different sourdough breads that Suzi makes each weekend. Her sourdough starter is 24 years old and...
Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

There is something quite beautiful about a head of roast garlic. Complex. Just a little alien looking and even puzzling. Okay, I roasted it. Now what? You can spread that roasted garlic over bread and pair with wine. No, I would not just eat cloves of roasted garlic....