Welcome to Suzanne’s table.
My name is Kristi and Suzanne is my mother. I am a wife, stepmother, sister, friend and amateur cook. About thirteen years ago my mother assembled a collection of family recipes and put them together as a cookbook, dedicating it to me and my sister Jennifer. She wrote a beautiful introduction, attached below. Reading it, I can see the images she describes, imagining my mother as a young girl, I see the faces of my grandmother and great aunts. At the time, I didn’t realize what a treasure the book was, but now I realize how much love she put into every dish and I am so grateful to have these recipes and to revisit my family memories.
I grew up in a family of great cooks. After college, I moved into my first apartment, but depended on take out or my sisters cooking. In fact, when I met my husband, I told him I didn’t cook at all. My idea of dinner was a bag of microwave popcorn and a Diet Coke. My mother was always buying me kitchen equipment in hopes of jump starting an interest, but it wasn’t until a few years ago I truly began to appreciate the art of cooking and the fun you can have. I loved calling my mom to tell her what I had on the menu for that night or what I was going to attempt next. She was the one who not only inspired, but encouraged me to start this project.
My mother passed on in the fall of 2015, I miss her every day, and I miss calling her to tell her about my latest adventures in the kitchen and the new recipes I have created. She used to call me and ask me to print out recipes she had seen on all the Food Network shows she watched, I used to make fun of her for this, but now days I print just as many, have started creating my own recipes and spend hours researching food.
Suzanne’s Table is dedicated to the memory of my mother, a way to share some of my family’s favorites and delicious discoveries that I have found or created. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. I would love feedback, ideas and suggestions.