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Susan Viles Booker
Stewartstown, PA / Baltimore, MD
Part-time caterer, etsy shop proprietor.
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Mar 16, 2010
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Thanksgiving at Mary's house My favorite pumpkin pie, and the only one I ever make, is from the back of the Libby's can. It's so good that I even follow the recipe exactly. Well, almost...because I like eggy rather than creamy custards I add an extra egg, but that's it. I never substitute cream for the condensed milk, and I always (or should always) measure the spices rather than eyeball them - the balance of cinnamon, ginger and cloves is just right. I dot the filling with salted butter before baking because I like the slightly salty flavor in contrast... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
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Katharine Hepburn's Brownies Katharine Hepburn's brownie recipe was first published in Ladies Home Journal in 1975 and it is the perfect brownie. A crispy crust and fudgy middle, full of walnuts and almost caramel-like in its richness. A unique treat with a history...and 92% of the people who make this very simple recipe say they will never make brownies from a mix again. Tip: When baking brownies or other bar-type desserts, line the pan with parchment paper or foil, bringing it up and slightly over the edge. After baking and cooling the brownies, use the parchment/foil to lift them out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
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Salmon with Horseradish Crust I met many nice people at a birthday party I catered last night and during one conversation my favorite line from Douglas Adams' A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came up. The line belongs to dolphins as they are being transported away from earth, just before the planet is destroyed to make way for an interstellar superhighway. The dolphins had advance notice that this was going to happen, tried to warn us without success then rose from the oceans leaving one last message, "So long, and thanks for all the fish". It is no surprise to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
I hope to write a little about my father's service in WWII in the next week or so, but I wanted to get this post in today to at least mark the date. Not food, but very important and, although I helped him with his memoir of that time, to my regret I don't think I ever acknowledged his contribution on Veteran's Day. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
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Cream cheese icing on gingerbread cupcakes filled with lemon curd A great combination of flavors! For clients I make these with homemade gingerbread, fill them with lemon curd and top them with cream cheese icing. They're baked in these great mini panettone cups that are made in Italy, but they're not too expensive and can easily be ordered here for around $9.50/100 plus shipping (from NJ). Two alternatives: A quick and easy way to put these together involves using gingerbread mix, prepared lemon curd (often found with jams and jellies...Dickinson's is a little expensive but good) and prepared cream cheese... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
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If you don't know...Frank Zappa created Suzy Creamcheese for the Mothers of Invention's first album Freak Out!, released in the mid-60s. Here is his well-known question to Suzy - first 17 seconds. I was much more into Simon and Garfunkle than FZ, but for a long time after the album was released, I along with every other girl named Susan, Suzanne, Sue, Susie, etc. would be called Suzy Creamcheese every once in a while. Even though it really has no special meaning for me, the name reminds me of people and events from high school and college that were generally... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese
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Hmm - only if the blog and the shop can bring some quality, so that will have to be my goal. This is going out to friends and family who would like to see recipes and find out what's happening here. It's going to be a resource for catering clients, showing them what sorts of dishes I'm working on. It also allows me to participate in some online activities only available to food bloggers. And, it's an opportunity to share the beginning of an Etsy shop, put together very quickly to sell Bloody Witches Finger Cookies for Halloween (7 dozen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2009 at S u z y Creamcheese