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Hi I’m Suzanne and this is Izzy and Nando, Izzy is almost 13 years old and Nando is 13. They are my kitchen buddies and love to hang out with me. We live in Brooklyn, NY. I love everything about food, always have. I come from a large Italian family and grew up in or around the kitchen. I am actively developing recipes for my favorite food website Food52 and also contribute recipes to Whole Foods. Baking is a passion of mine and I am always ready to learn a new technique or try a new recipe.  The art of cooking well is a skill that comes from lots of trial and error, for me it seems like its more error sometimes and it’s a learning process. If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless. You can contact me at: apuginthekitchen@gmail.com

Nando

Nando

Izzy

Izzy

 

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  1. Pat #

    Love that you’re doing this!!!
    inpatskitchen

    January 20, 2012
    • Thanks Pat, I am not very good at it, a real work in progress. I want to make it as nice as yours or boulangere’s. Not a tech whiz kid but trying.

      January 20, 2012
  2. Hi Suzanne, I caught wind of your blog and am just now getting enough comuter time to check it out. Delicious recipes, I love your “trial & error” technique and your kitchen buddies! :)

    February 3, 2012
    • Thank you, I am trying to get this blog up and running. I’m afraid I am not tech savvy so its really trial and error. My best buddies are my inspiration and I love seeing their little faces in the kitchen with me.

      February 3, 2012
      • I totally know what you mean about trial & error and the “technical part” :) Hope you are having a glorious Monday!

        February 7, 2012
  3. Hi, I’m happy to discover your lovely blog via lapadia! Your kitchen buddies are very cute – my son is a huge fan of pugs. I look forward to checking out more of your recipes.

    February 8, 2012
    • Hi Hannah;

      I just saw your blog also and love it, congratulations. My little kitchen buddies are great, never more than a few feet away from me while I cook. Thanks again.

      February 8, 2012
  4. EmilyC #

    Hi Suzanne — So happy that you’re doing this blog…I look forward to following it!

    March 5, 2012
    • Hi Emily;
      Must say I am having a lot of fun doing this. I am featuring your orzo recipe on thursday. Thank you for checking my blog out.

      March 5, 2012
  5. I love the pugs! I grew up with pugs, but now I’m a cat owner. I thin I’m really going tolove following you and your food wanderings. So great to connect with you and I look forward to great food stories and recipes.

    March 6, 2012
    • Thank you so much, thank you so much for following. I’m still very new at this and hope to keep growing and learning. I love your site. When I saw the beautiful pictures on your header I looked at a poster that I have in my kitchen and it has the same images.

      March 7, 2012
  6. Love Izzy & Nando! My 2 German Sheps, Max & Liesl, love to watch me cook. I know, I know… they’re just hoping I’ll spill something but hey! Keeps my floor clean! So nice to connect with a fellow foodie, I will enjoy following your blog!

    March 11, 2012
    • I know, Nando hangs out in the kitchen while I cook just hoping something falls on the floor. I call him the vacuum cleaner. I really look forward to seeing more posts on your blog. So envy your beautiful farm and the apple cider looks so wonderful. Thank you for following and I hope to follow your posts also.

      March 11, 2012
  7. I’m trying to find you on twitter, but nothing came up under apuginthekitchen? Would love to follow you there too!

    March 11, 2012
  8. I have a miniature schnauzer that keeps me company while I bake!

    April 6, 2012
    • They do love to hang in the kitchen! My neighbor had a mini schnauzer, they are so smart its almost scary. I just saw your blog, I can’t wait to read through. It’s wonderful.

      April 6, 2012
      • A day in the life of a loaf #

        We’ve been wanting to add a pug to our family, seem like great little dogs.

        June 6, 2013
      • Thank you yes they really are, great with children, such sweet personalities. I love my two little old pugs.

        June 6, 2013
  9. Hey- cute puppies! Forgot to say thanks for my first (ever) comment!! It’s greatly appreciated!

    April 13, 2012
  10. susan g #

    I’ve always appreciated your input on food52, and finally made it here. What a beautiful job you’re doing!

    May 2, 2012
    • Thank you Susan, and I appreciate yours also. My first venture into the world of blogging and I am not a tech savvy person. Really appreciate the nice comment!

      May 2, 2012
  11. Janet Seaton #

    I’m following you now, too, Suzanne (“JanetFL” on Food52) – love your recipes, your dogs, and your blog!

    July 29, 2012
  12. Aleese #

    I was searching for Fishsticks and came across “A pug in the kitchen” which brought me great joy. Gracey, my 16 year old black pug, joins me in the kitchen each night for an experiment. Tonight we will try your fishsticks! Happy cooking, blogging and pug loving. :)

    August 21, 2012
    • Oh welcome, so happy you found me and my pugs, Izzy and Nando. Their favorite place to hang out is in the kitchen with me. Gracey is 16 yrs old, I am so happy to welcome another senior pug to the group. Izzy is 11 yrs and Nando will be 12 yrs old in November and he is nothing short of a miracle, living with diabetes. Let me know how you like the fishsticks, they are simple, no fuss food but I love making them. Thank you so much!

      August 21, 2012
      • Aleese #

        The fish sticks were delicious! I didn’t have everything I needed for the sauce so I had to fake it and it wasn’t bad….but next time I will be more prepared with all the right ingredients.

        August 24, 2012
      • Thank you Aleese, so glad you liked them. I just make the sauce with jarred mayo, lime and tarragon. I am too busy sometimes to make a homemade aioli. Thank you for let me know!

        August 24, 2012
  13. petit4chocolatier #

    Outstanding blog! Love your recipes and your doggies are beautiful!

    August 25, 2012
    • Thank you so much, love your blog too! My two doggies are the best, they will gladly eat anything I make for them and never complain.

      August 25, 2012
  14. We love pugs! Declan’s parents have a pug named Spike. We look forward to reading your blog more :)

    September 23, 2012
    • Thank you, I love the name Spike. Pugs are so much fun. Mine are real couch potatoes, but they are older. How old is Spike?

      September 23, 2012
      • He will be 7 in February. And he is a couch potato too!

        September 24, 2012
      • Izzy is 11 and Nando will be 12 in November. Laying around on the couch and eating is their favorite pastime. LOL!

        September 25, 2012
  15. lovely blog and dogs!

    October 6, 2012
    • Thank you so much, talk about beautiful though, your blog is amazing and your photography is just beautiful. So glad to have found your blog and thank you for finding mine.

      October 6, 2012
  16. Hi !
    I have nominated you/your informative/creative blog for the Liebster Award!
    Congratulations!
    Pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    http://vinca11.wordpress.com/category/my-first-award/

    October 10, 2012
  17. Do your pugs get under your feet in the kitchen? My labrador does – he’s always RIGHT AT MY FEET which can be kind of dangerous if I’ve got hot oil in my hand or something ;-)

    November 10, 2012
    • Nando does, I give him latitude because he is blind but it is so dangerous, sometimes I don’t see him and trip over him and you are so right if I had hot oil or boiling water someone (me or pug) could get badly hurt. Sometimes I feel like Elaine in that Seinfeld episode about the “sidler” I should attach a container of tic tacs to Nando so I know where he is.

      November 10, 2012
  18. Hi! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Here’s the link https://vinca11.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/awards/

    November 15, 2012
  19. Hi Suzzane, I love your blog and so I am presenting ‘The very Inspiring blogger’ award. Please visit http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/thanks-for-appreciation-and-awards/
    Thanks you!

    November 16, 2012
  20. daisyandthefox #

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award at this link: http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-sunshine-awards/

    congratulations! you deserve it! :)

    November 24, 2012
  21. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award !
    http://thehealthyepicurean.eu/2012/11/27/liebster-award/

    November 27, 2012
  22. Hello Here another nomination :Sunshine Award :)
    http://relaxingcooking.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/the-world-is-full-of-magic/
    Cheers
    Anto

    December 1, 2012
  23. so good page i like it ….
    maple syrup

    December 20, 2012
  24. I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!
    http://cambiosdehumor.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/time-to-celebrate/

    December 22, 2012
    • Wow, thank you so much hammonique! I will post this soon. You are so kind.

      December 22, 2012
  25. Hello !

    Happy New Year!

    Below please find my nomination for your blog on SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARDS.
    http://vinca11.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/starting-the-2013-with-love-and-awards/
    As always participation is an optional please feel free to check

    January 15, 2013
  26. Hi Suzanne! I told you how much I loved your Pandoro Bread Pudding, right? I finally posted your recipe (a bit revised-minus the cream +more marmalade) on my blog! I included a link to your blog and your original recipe! Thank you for posting it, I just LOVE it!! Here’s my post: http://christinascucina.blogspot.com/2013/01/orange-and-dark-chocolate-bread.html

    January 16, 2013
    • Christina, thank you so much, I am so honored. I have made your re-heated minestra over and over and it is my favorite. Thank you again.

      January 16, 2013
  27. I adore your picture of your two pugs. I too have a little helper in the kitchen a Norfolk Terrier called Bear. Sometimes I leave him fast asleep in his bed to go to the kitchen and next thing I know he’s beside me waiting for something to drop his way. A friend once said if you have dogs you need never wash you kitchen floor!!!

    February 22, 2013
    • I do the same thing, leave Izzy and Nando sleeping, tip toe to the kitchen but I can’t get anything past them. Nando is always first to come just waiting for something to drop on the floor. They are like vacuum cleaners, I have to be really careful though, they are senior and both diabetic so when I am cooking something sweet I have to quickly scoop it off the floor before they suck it up! I think Norfolk Terriers are adorable, sweet Bear!!

      February 22, 2013
      • Bear is eleven too. I hate cooking with dried fruit in case something drops on the floor. I have to quickly cover the food with my foot and then fight him off so I can pick it up, then I feel rotten so he gets a treat! At the same time have to watch his weight! Wouldn’t swap him for all the tea in China.

        February 22, 2013
      • Caring for our senior friends is challenging. I also have gotten pretty good at coving with the foot or bending and scooping quickly so they can’t snatch a morsel that falls to the floor. I totally agree, wouldn’t swap my sweet babies for anything.

        February 22, 2013
  28. daisyandthefox #

    Hey! :) I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!
    http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/
    Congratulations! You most certainly deserve it :)

    Daisy and the Fox

    February 22, 2013
    • You are so sweet, thank you so much!

      February 22, 2013
      • daisyandthefox #

        no worries at all! you deserve it! :)

        February 22, 2013
  29. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

    February 24, 2013
  30. Congratulations, Suzzane! You have been awarded: One Lovely Blog Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass it on.
    Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/awards-february-2013/
    Enjoy! :D Fae.

    February 27, 2013
    • Thank you so much Faye! I am honored that you nominated me. I so appreciate it.

      February 27, 2013
  31. Just visited your site for the first time. Love it :)

    March 4, 2013
  32. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! If you wish to accept the award you can follow the steps on my post here: http://misschriscreations.com/2013/03/06/super-sweet-trip-to-vegas/

    -Christine

    March 6, 2013
    • Thank you so much, of course I accept the award and will post the award and steps thank you so much, I am honored.

      March 6, 2013
  33. Naaaaw! Your pugs are so beautiful… and well done to them for reaching 11 and 12 (and their mama, of course, for looking after them so well). Love your blog. It’s beautifully honest, well written and inspiring. I’m a follower now!! :)

    March 20, 2013
    • Thank you Laura, they are now 12 and 13 battling old age and diabetes but still going strong. Thank you so much for the follow.

      March 20, 2013
      • The blessing is definitely mine. And so glad that they’re going strong. I have such a soft spot for older dogs… their greying whiskers, soft little ageing faces and stiff limbs!! My husband and I still weep a bit when we think about dogs we’ve lost… they’re definitely family members through and through! Hopefully your Izzy and Nando will be strong for a long time to come xx

        March 20, 2013
      • Thank you, I love the senior dogs so much. I too still weep when I think of the ones before Izzy an Nando that are no longer with me. My two sweethearts are family, no question about it and I do my best to care for them. Thank you your kind words mean so much to me.

        March 20, 2013
      • Sending you a hug. And I definitely understand everything you’ve said. I’m pretty sure Izzy and Nando treasure their time (inside the kitchen and out!) with you! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures x

        March 20, 2013
  34. Congratulations, Suzzane! You have been awarded: Pirate’s Admiration Award & Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/awards-march-2013/
    Enjoy the Awards! :D Fae.

    March 27, 2013
  35. Do you have an email address I could email you at to ask you about doing guest post? :)
    Thanks,
    Tamara
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

    April 1, 2013
  36. Now I see that you live in Brooklyn, NY and don’t feel so bad as we never made it to Brooklyn! ;) Let me know if you’re ever in LA! ;)

    April 6, 2013
    • Oh I will definitely let you know. Maybe next time you can stop by Brooklyn, lots to do here!

      April 6, 2013
  37. Love your site. I made it part of my “Lost Cafe” blog. I really love it. http://whereiblogonblogging.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/over-a-cup-of-tea/

    April 10, 2013
    • Thank you so much! Just followed you, over a cup of tea is very cool! Can’t wait to see more!!

      April 10, 2013
  38. Thanks for the follow! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. As much as I love the network of bloggers I’ve found all over the country, it’s great to know there are other Brooklynites out there!

    April 11, 2013
    • Hi Melissa; I am so happy to have found you on food52 and our blogs. I am sending you an email. We are having a potluck at my house this month and would love to meet you.

      April 11, 2013
  39. Hi, MANY Thanks to you for visiting my Blog, & Following it, MUCH Appreciated. :)

    April 12, 2013
  40. Thank You. MUCH Appreciated. :)

    April 12, 2013
  41. Lovely blog here! I was leaving a comment on fleur de sel and your “apuginthekitchen” caught my eye! Cute! I like your blog!

    April 16, 2013
  42. Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: 7 x 7 Link Award!
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/awards-april-2013/
    This one is a fun award check it out!
    Enjoy the Award! :D Fae.

    April 24, 2013
    • You are so sweet, thank you so much. I am honored to accept this award and I thank you for thinking of me. I will acknowledge on my blog maybe not immediately, things are crazy busy right now but I promise I will. Thank you again and you totally deserve the honors bestowed!! I just love your blog.

      April 24, 2013
  43. Suzanne, Izzy and Nando!! Here’s another blogging award for you… the Sisterhood of the World blogger’s award. You can check out the link here but no pressure to do the whole ‘acceptance post’ if it’s not your thing. I just want you to know that you’re an appreciated blogging sister! xx http://laurasmess.me/2013/05/01/awards-and-acknowledgements-ii/

    May 1, 2013
    • You are so sweet thank you so much. One of the best things about doing this blog is the lovely people I have met, thank you again.

      May 1, 2013
  44. Hi Suzanne–Love your blog! In case I haven’t already told you :) I nominated you for a slew of awards including the Liebster Award, Versatile Blogger Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Check out my post to claim them and pass the torch! http://bklynlocavore.com/2013/05/01/awards-from-the-people-that-count/

    May 1, 2013
  45. ha ha that picture is awesome. I have recognized you on my blog for the Best Moment Award- Congrats! http://lillysuesbitesandbrews.com/2013/05/10/tribute-to-my-mom-pear-cocktail/

    May 10, 2013
  46. Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: Shine On Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/05/29/awards-may-2013/
    Enjoy the Award! :D Fae.

    May 29, 2013
  47. thehomesliceblog #

    i love your blog! and your pugs look adorable! really original recipes – but I’m starting with the strawberry & rhubarb ice cream!

    May 31, 2013
    • Thank you so much, the ice cream is delicious and I do hope you enjoy.

      May 31, 2013
  48. Love this blog :)

    June 23, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I just discovered your wonderful blog, subject matter is two of my favorite things eating and traveling. Just subscribed, can’t wait to see more Those doughnuts are calling me…

      June 23, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I just discovered your wonderful blog, subject matter is two of my favorite things eating and travelling. Just subscribed, can’t wait to see more Those doughnuts are calling me…

      June 23, 2013
  49. Thanks so much Phoebe, I emailed you.

    July 10, 2013
  50. I think your blog is creative, unique, and full of delicious recipes! I’ve nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award. If you would like to participate, see my post for details: http://cupcakeartist.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/kreativ-blogger-award/

    Congratulations!

    July 23, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I really appreciate the award. It means so much to me.

      July 24, 2013
  51. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Shine On Award, have a look! http://wp.me/p3EeAS-d9 …you deserve it, congrats! :)

    July 26, 2013
  52. Hi! Just came across, you have a lovely blog and lots of amazing recipes! :)
    Cheers,
    Mila

    July 31, 2013
    • Thank you Mila, I appreciate it and just checked out and subscribed to your beautiful blog, I look forward to receiving posts and making my way through your blog. Thanks for the follow too!

      July 31, 2013
  53. Izzy and Nando are two super cute pugs out there…we have had 4 kittens and 5 puppies in the past…so know exactly how they accompany the cook in the house and how they sneak some goodies too…aren’t they cute?….u have an awesome blog…glad we found it :-)

    August 6, 2013
    • Thank you, they are my little cuties and love to hang out in the kitchen trying will something to fall on the ground so they can snatch it up! I also just saw your blog, just lovely and I am very happy you like my little blog. Glad I found your blog also.

      August 6, 2013
  54. Congratulations, Suzanne! You have been awarded: Very Inspiring Blog Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/08/28/award-august-2013-part-2/
    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

    August 28, 2013
    • Thank you so much Fae! I am so happy to receive the award and will try to pay it forward soon. Thank you again.

      August 28, 2013
  55. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award, so if you are interested please check out the link below for my post and the rules for accepting it. Please do not feel that you have to participate. Happy food blogging! http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/sunshine-award/

    August 29, 2013
  56. ohlidia #

    I’ve seen your image on many blogs that I’ve been following and I finally checked you out. Glad I did! Your blog is absolutely amazing and I love it! The recipes, the photos… and the fact that you’re Italian like me! Cheers!

    August 29, 2013
    • I am enjoying looking through your posts which look totaly delicious. Fellow Italians, yes we certainly are. Thank you so much!

      August 29, 2013
  57. ohlidia #

    Oh Suzanne! Thanks for the follow! I guess we’re on the same wave length this morning… checking each other out at the same time! Funny that!

    August 29, 2013
    • Yes we are! Am still working my way through your blog, which is lovely btw!!!Thank you for the follow and look forward to more posts from you.

      August 29, 2013
  58. So happy to have just found your blog! I love the name…Pugs make great helpers in the kitchen! My floor is always free of crumbs :)

    August 31, 2013
    • Thanks Crissy, just checkout out your blog and it looks like it’s full of great information. I have to figure out how to follow. Will be reading more today. Yes the pugs are like little vacuum cleaners, they are constantly under my feet waiting for anything to fall to the floor.

      September 1, 2013
  59. I too love to cook … and my two pooches are ALSO my constant kitchen companions … ready for ANYTHING that falls. Looking forward to reading more from you !! Stay hungry !!

    September 9, 2013
    • They do love to hang out when I am cooking, I can feel their breath on my legs, they stand that close almost willing something to fall on the floor. Thank you so much, checking out your blog now!

      September 9, 2013
  60. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m liking yours !! Welcome !!

    September 9, 2013
  61. tracyrose2013 #

    Hi,

    Healthline is interested in contributing a guest post to apuginthekitchen.com. We would be open to contributing any blog that would be of interest to your readers. Healthline bloggers have been featured on a variety of sites including:

    Washington Times: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tango-mind-and-emotion/2012/aug/10/how-healthy-choices-easy/
    Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/036515_diabetes_strawberries_prevention.html
    Patch.com: http://strongsville.patch.com/blog_posts/where-and-what-to-eat-in-cleveland-to-beat-the-winter-blues

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Warm Regards,
    Tracy

    September 17, 2013
  62. Hi Suzanne! Hi Erin!

    My name is Emily Sweet and I am a casting producer with Relativity Television. I’m working on a new television show all about home cooks. I would love to chat with you about it. Is there a good email where I can reach you? you are welcome to email me at emily.sweet[at]rtvshows.com Hope we can connect!

    September 17, 2013
  63. I have seen you post elsewhere,I have even visited here a few times…how did I miss that you were Italian? I’m half,(my mother).I strangely have not run across all that many Italian food-bloggers. A few that I have have mostly been in Italy.(Although if I look,I bet I find a million in a minute!)
    Or maybe, like with you,I didn’t look!
    Darling doggies!

    September 27, 2013
    • Yes. half here also, my Mom is French/Scotch-Irish, Dad Italian. I know of a few Italian bloggers also lapadia’s kitchen is a really nice blog. It’s funny I often don’t even think I am half the Italian side takes over completely. Nice to meet you and thank you so much for stopping by,

      September 27, 2013
  64. Suzanne, you are so right! My father’s side is mostly Irish,in America for some generations.My mother was born in PA, but her parents and some siblings were ‘off the boat’. It took me well into life before I realized that ‘the other side’ was not just something phantom!

    September 27, 2013
  65. You have a beautiful blog Suzanne, with so many stunning recipes I can’t wait to try! I often see/read your comments on ‘Feed The Piglet’, but hadn’t found enough time until now to explore your own lovely blog – great to have found you! Margot

    October 1, 2013
    • Thank you Margot and I too am glad to have found your lovely blog. I love Johnny’s “Feed the piglet”, he always has something delicious on the horizon and now I have found your blog and really look forward to what you are making, Thank you for the follow I so appreciate it.

      October 1, 2013
  66. Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/10/29/award-october-2013/ … Or, after one month at: http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

    October 29, 2013
  67. Just stumbled upon your blog and am glad I did! It’s awesome that you’re doing all this :) Look forward to all your posts!
    xx
    B

    November 13, 2013
    • Thank you so much and thank you for finding me, now I found your blog also!

      November 13, 2013
  68. Hi! I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://tastytreats13.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/awards-2/ Congratulations!

    November 13, 2013
  69. Congratulations Suzanne! Three stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award!
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/11/16/awards-november-2013/
    … Or, after a month, look for it
    here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

    November 16, 2013
  70. Your pugs are so cute! My cocapoo likes to hang out in the kitchen with me too (only because he’s hoping I’ll drop something for him). Anyway, you’ve got some fab recipes here! I’m gonna follow you and keep tabs of your future posts. Celeste :)

    November 17, 2013
    • Thank you Celeste, I love cocapoo’s they are adorable. I also followed you and must say your GMO post is amazing. Really eye opening and informative. I looked through and love your vegan recipes. Look forward to more.

      November 17, 2013
  71. I love your blog and I am passing along the Blog of the Year 2013 Award to you. As usual, participation is optional. If interested, please visit this link: http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/awards/

    November 18, 2013
  72. I really enjoy following you and have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. If you’re interested in accepting, pop by http://matchamochimoo.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/thanks-sunshine-award-november-2013/ for more details and follow the rules. If you don’t like it, don’t worry, just leave it, that’s fine! :)

    November 20, 2013
  73. I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and another Blogger of the Year Award. Here’s my post in case you’d like to participate & pass on the recognition: http://theseasonedtraveler.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/thanks-giving/comment-page-1/#comment-314
    Congrats!

    December 2, 2013
    • I am catching up on emails and saw this, thank you so much!

      December 3, 2013
      • No problem – I was late notifying my nominees and just wanted to make sure you knew! And as always, no action is necessary unless you want to – just enjoy your award from an admirer :D

        December 3, 2013
  74. Sue #

    Hi Suzanne,
    I want to try the Whipped Cream Frosting, however; part of the recipe makes NO SENSE at all.
    At the beginning of the recipe you state to put the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan,
    then add 1/2 cup of whipping cream…etc… But in #3 of the directions on how to make this, you state
    “While still beating add the powdered sugar mixture a little at a time.” This makes no sense at all, since
    I would have already used the sugar and cornstarch at the beginning to thicken the 1/2 cup of whipping
    cream. Please tell me what I’m suppose to do. Nowhere in the recipe does it state, “divide in half” or the like
    so there would be some left to add later on. I need the answer to this as I need to make this Tuesday this week.

    Thank you,
    Sue
    starshine@teksavvy.com

    December 7, 2013
    • Hi Sue;
      So sorry you are confused. You take 1/2 cup of the heavy cream and mix with the corn starch and powdered sugar cooking it until it thickens, very much like a pudding. You let it cool. Whip your cream and add the cooled pudding to the whipped cream. I hope this makes sense to you and best of luck.
      1/4 cup powdered sugar
      2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
      2 cups Heavy whipping cream Divided
      1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
      Place metal bowl and wire whisk beater or beaters in freezer to chill.
      In a small saucepan combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch whisk until mixed. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream whisk until smooth. Place on medium heat and stir constantly to prevent scorching at the bottom stir constantly until mixture thickens and almost comes to a boil. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside stirring occasionally until it reaches room temperature.
      In the chilled bowl combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and the vanilla beat with the chilled whisk of your stand mixer or your hand held mixer until the cream begins to hold shape. While still beating add the powdered sugar mixture a little at a time. Beat just until the mixture forms stiff peaks when the beater is raised and is spreadable, be careful not to over beat. Use immediately.

      December 7, 2013
      • Sue #

        Hi Suzanne,
        Thank you very much for responding so quickly! Yes, I was confused, since it stated to add the sugar and cornstarch mixture to the 1 1/2 cups of whippng cream. It did not say to add the “cooled mixture” to the whipping cream, just the sugar and cornstarch. I will give it a go and see if it turns out ok. And thanks again!
        Cheers
        Sue

        December 7, 2013
      • You”re so welcome. Let me know how you like it. I have been using this recipe for years and love it.

        December 7, 2013
    • Sue #

      Hi again,
      One more question. It says “be careful not to over beat”. What happens if I do? I like my whipped cream THICK, even without this recipe? I’ve never had regular whipped cream do anything funny if I do over beat it. Maybe it’s different for this recipe, I don’t know.
      Cheers
      Sue

      December 7, 2013
      • Well when I say over beat I mean beating long enough to turn into butter. You just want to beat so that is stiff and spreadable. Hope it works well for you. I love whipped cream frosting and this recipe was a revelation. It’s not very sweet so If you like it sweeter just increase the powdered sugar a little. Enjoy!

        December 7, 2013
    • Sue #

      Hi again Suzanne,
      Yes, it all worked out great. I was really happy. The cheesecake always turns out great, no matter what I do to it…;-) Oh, and I did use the cornstarch to thicken the liquid from the sour cherries. That turned out great too, just thick enough. And yes I am diabetic, but I still use sugar. I just cut back on sugar in recipes, they don’t need as much as they call for. And, above all, I eat a very tinny piece as well. I’d rather have the “real” thing, than substitutes and what not. And yes, I’ll give you the recipe here. I’ve used this recipe for well over 15 years and it turns out great every time, as I said, no matter what I do to it, as in, what I add to it. It’s very creamy if you make it as is and just put a topping on it. If you add cocoa, it becomes more of a drier cheesecake. But I solved that too by adding extra sour cream, and sometimes an extra egg. If I’m making it a chocolate cheesecake, and because I have to add a lot of cocoa powder, I will add both, extra sour cream and an egg. It’s a relatively thin batter, probably twice as thick as a crepe batter. Just to give you an idea.

      North West Cheesecake

      Ingredients – Cheesecake:
      4 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, if chocolate, I use two of the Philly chocolate cream cheese, means you don’t have to add as much cocoa powder, and only extra sour cream
      1 cup of sugar, I reduce this to just less than 3/4 cup, no need to add so much sugar!
      3 tbs flour, if making chocolate, I replace the flour with cocoa powder and add an extra 3 to 4 tbs of cocoa, even if using two containers of Philly chocolate cheese. I like mine really chocolatly
      4 eggs
      1 tbs vanilla
      1 cup of sour cream, if making chocolate and adding more cocoa powder, add an extra 1/3 cup, depends on how much cocoa powder you are using, you may need to add an extra egg as well
      Crust:
      Spray springform pans with cooking spray, especially the sides. Helps to keep the cheesecake from sticking to the sides when you remove the ring. I spray it on and use a piece of paper towel to spread it around so you don’t get too much cooking spray in your cheesecake. Sometimes I need to make an extra bit. Don’t know why, but sometimes it doesn’t seem to spread as well as other times, go figure.

      Ingredients-Crust:
      1 cup graham crumbs, I use 2 cups, since it makes two cheesecakes, and I use Oreo crumbs for this one
      3 tbs sugar, which I DO NOT ADD with the chocolate crumbs
      3 tbs butter melted
      Mix together and place on bottom of springform pans, spreading out to cover bottom. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, remove and set aside.

      Directions – Cheesecake:
      Beat room temperature cream cheese until soft and creamy, add sugar and beat until well mixed. Add well beaten eggs, mix well, then add sour cream, again mixing well until all is well blended, add flour, or cocoa powder. You need to taste it to see if it’s as chocolaty as you want it, if not, add more and adjust liquids. Easier if you use half, or all, Philly chocolate cream cheese though. No need to add as much cocoa powder. If you use all Philly chocolate cream cheese, you could probably get away with adding just the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and no extra sour cream or eggs. I’d still add an extra 3 or so tablespoons of cocoa powder though, but that’s me, and maybe an extra 1/4 cup of sour cream.

      Pour batter into pans and level. Place in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 250 degrees for 50 minutes. Sometimes I need to leave in for an extra 5 minutes or so. You can judge. It should still jiggle a bit in centre, but not a lot. This is not a cheesecake that should be solid when baked. It will cook the rest of the way on it’s own when removed. Remove from oven. Place on baking rack to cool. After 10 minutes I use a very thin hot knife to go around before removing sleeve, so the cake won’t stick when ring is removed. Cool completely before refrigerating. Use a hot knife to slice.

      Now, this recipe makes one 8″ and one 7″ cheesecake, or one honkin huge 10″ or 12″cheesecake, depends on how thin or thick you want your cheesecake.

      Ok, have a great day!
      Cheers
      Sue

      December 16, 2013
      • Sue #

        One more thing, sorry, I usually add a teaspoon of instant coffee, or you can add espresso if you like, and a pinch of salt, since it brings out the chocolate flavour better. Sometimes I also add a 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Adds a kick to it and no one can quite figure out what it is. Doesn’t make it spicy or hot, just adds to it big time. Depends on your guests of course and if they like spicy or not. I put cayenne in my cocolate chocolate chip cookies too. GREAT!
        Cheers
        Sue

        December 16, 2013
      • Thank you for the recipe, I always have problems with cracking. Can never quite get it right. I love chocolate cheese cake and am so glad you included that. Definitely will make it!

        December 16, 2013
      • I love adding a bit of hot pepper, cayenne or whatever I have to chocolate from time to time. You are right, it’s not spicy hot but adds a really interesting kick. You are also right about adding espresso powder to chocolate amps up the chocolatey flavor!! Thank you.

        December 16, 2013
  75. Sue #

    Oh, figured that much. I wasn’t sure if over beating with this recipe may make it thin. I’m using it to decorate a chocolate cheesecake. Which is why I need it to hold it’s shape for a few days. And I want to pipe it onto the cheesecake. Hopefully it will be thick enough and it will look ok when I pipe it. I hope it works well too, believe me. I can’t afford to make a mistake, no money to replace the whipped cream…;-) So it has to be right the first time or I’m sunk!
    Cheers again,
    Sue

    December 7, 2013
    • I have piped this frosting before and it worked well. Please let me know how it turns out. Best of luck. It has held its shape for me for several days.

      December 7, 2013
      • Sue #

        Good Monday morning Suzanne,
        Well, the cheesecake is gone, took a few days, but the whipped cream frosting held up and did NOT go thin and run. I’m really impressed and will use this recipe again. I did add a bit more sugar to it. I don’t like it too sweet, makes my toes curl. If I were doing it just for myself, I would not have added anymore than the 1/4 cup, but most people I know like things really sweet, why, I don’t know and don’t understand. I try to strike a happy medium. Anyway, thank you so much for your help with this. Have a great week! Oh, and the cheesecake was GREAT too.
        Cheers
        Sue

        December 16, 2013
      • Oh thank you for letting me know and I am thrilled that everything worked out. I sometimes add a little extra sugar, I’m like you and don’t like things too sweet but a lot of people do. So glad the cheesecake was delicious, would love to see the recipe!!

        December 16, 2013
  76. Sue #

    Great! If it worked for you, it should work for me, in theory…;-) I will let you know how it turned out.
    Thanks again!
    Cheers
    Sue

    December 7, 2013
    • Sue #

      Hi again Suzanne,
      I have another question, before I start this cheesecake. I have a bottle of sour cheeries in brine. I’d like to somehow thicken this and use it on top of the cheesecake. I don’t think there is quite enough brine, compared to cherries, but will settle for whatever I get. Any suggestions on how to do this? I cannot use any alcohol in this, since one of the people who will be eating it is allergic to alcohol. Is there any other liquid I could add to this to make more sauce?
      Thanks so much!
      Sue

      December 10, 2013
      • I would add jam or jelly. I made a cherry cheesecake once and used sour cherry jam but if you don’t have another kind would work also. As far as liquid juice would work but how are you going to thicken it? Cornstarch? I like jam if you add to the cherry juice and reduce it would produce a lovely thick topping.

        December 10, 2013
      • Sue #

        Hi Suzanne,
        Thank you! I don’t actually have any jams or jellies at all. I’m diabetic so I don’t use them. That is why I was actually asking you how I could thicken it. I was hoping you might know. I suppose I could use cornstarch and give it a try. Worse case, it doesn’t work and I have no topping other than the whipped cream. C’est la vie as they say.

        Have a good one!
        Cheers
        Sue

        December 10, 2013
      • I didn’t know you were diabetic, I’m sorry, in that case I would use tapioca or corn starch with the juice from the cherries. I think it will be delicious. Please let me know how it turns out.

        December 10, 2013
  77. Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded:
    — Most Influential Blogger Award —
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. I take pleasure in directing readers to blogs I enjoy.
    You have been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/12/11/awards-december-2013part-2/
    … Or, after a month, look for it
    here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Awards! :D Fae.

    December 11, 2013
  78. I love your blog… that’s why I nominated you for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award. ;) Participation is optional. If interested, please click this link: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/blog-of-the-year-award/

    Hope you’re having a fabulous day! xx Jhuls

    December 12, 2013
    • You are so kind, thank you so much for the award. It means so much to me.

      December 12, 2013
      • Oh! No worries! Thanks to you, too! xx

        December 12, 2013
  79. Sue #

    Yeah, I have the problem too. This time though, the 8″ one did not crack, the 7″ one did. But normally I don’t leave the smaller one in for 50 minutes, I take it out at 40 or 45 minutes, since it’s smaller. Also, I find if I use the “non stick” springform pans, the crust tends to burn a bit, and the side of the cheesecake and top edge will have a bit of darker crust on it. I don’t have a 7″ non stick springform pan, so I just live with it. All my other springform pans are the regular ones, so don’t have to worry about that. Doesn’t seem to matter if you reduce the heat because it’s a “non stick” either. They say it should, but it doesn’t! If I’m not putting a topping on the cheesecake, other than maybe whipped cream when I serve it, I will put a pan of water on the bottom rack in the oven. It does help with the cracking. You may still get some smaller ones, but not nearly as bad. I also find this cheesecake will, more times than not, sink in the centre when you let it cool. Never figured that one out. I even drop the pan on the counter before I put it in the oven, and sometimes it still sinks. Go figure. This time the larger one did not sink, the smaller one did. Since I was putting the sour cheery on top, I didn’t care, and the fact it sunk a bit in the middle helped, so the topping didn’t go over the side, it was a nice little cave for the topping to sit in…;-) So long as it tastes good, I never worry about what it looks like. We can make a silk purse out of a sowes ear when needed! And no one is usually ever the wiser!
    Cheers
    Sue

    December 16, 2013
  80. I found you!! What a beautiful site!! Will def save this link so I can share your posts on my pinerest account in the future :) everything looks very aesthetically pleasing and tasty. best of luck in beginning the new yr!

    January 3, 2014
  81. I came across your site from Fae’s Tango & Twist site. I was so surprised to see another blogger putting her dogs front and center! I created my site with my two dogs as part of the focus because they are such a part of me in the kitchen. If you check out my most recent post you will see my dog, Ginger, wearing almost the same New Year’s Eve hat as your pug’s; too cool! I am glad I found your site and am excited to read more!

    January 4, 2014
    • Just checked your blog out, love it and the name is fantastic. So glad we found each other, I also am very excited to read more from you. Izzy and Nando hang out with me when I cook but especially Nando he is my “foodie” pug has been from the first day he was home. A real lover of food. Your two cuties look like they love their food too!

      January 5, 2014
  82. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your pugs! My Yorkie Clemmie would love them too, no doubt. I bet they help you out a tonne in the kitchen ;)

    January 28, 2014
    • Oh Izzy and Nando had a little yorkie friend. They are so cute, I am such a dog lover. Well, they like to think they are a big help in the kitchen, they are ready, willing and able should any morsel fall to the floor, they are quick at cleaning it up.

      January 28, 2014
      • Oh I KNOW! Food on the floor is definitely fair game for Clems too – it doesn’t stand a chance. I guess it’s my fault for telling her what a good job she’s doing :)

        January 28, 2014
      • Nando is blind but he can still hone in on food when it falls to the floor. They are quick, I do the same thing, LOL, I thank them for helping me clean.

        January 29, 2014
    • Did you say Yorkie? I have the most adorable one named Buddy! Fell in love on the spot and he has been keeping my floor clean ever since. Who says good things DON’T come in small packages?

      January 28, 2014
      • So true :)

        January 29, 2014
      • Yes totally, these little cuties come in a small package and they are all heart!

        January 29, 2014
  83. Victoria #

    Lovely blog! Thanks so much for the follow!

    March 2, 2014
  84. Happy to have discovered your blog. Love your pugs. Emma.

    March 17, 2014
    • Thanks Emma, just saw yours too and so happy to have found it. Thank you so much!

      March 17, 2014
  85. Love your blog! Everything is so pretty! The pictures, the food and the posts! Looking forward to stopping back!
    ~Kloé ♥

    March 18, 2014
    • Thank you so much Kloe, also so happy to have found your beautiful blog, that english muffin bread is on my list of have to make right away recipes!

      March 18, 2014
  86. Oh! Dogs and cooking! Two of my very favorite things ever!! And at least “in the kitchen” you can supervise them. “Pugs in the Pantry” would probably indicate they’d gotten into the raisin bread (what? No, that has never happened here… ok, maybe once). Thanks for your blog! I appreciate the fresh, real-food recipes!!!

    March 19, 2014
    • Yes my two favorite things the pugs and cooking. Thank you so much, when Izzy and Nando were younger they were a force to be reckoned with if anything dropped they were so quick to snap it up I didn’t have time to bend down, now that they are very senior pugs and one is blind, it’s a slow process. I loved the days of the quick retrieval. Thank you again and I am so glad to have found your blog.

      March 19, 2014
  87. Hi Suzanne! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

    See: http://calorielicious.wordpress.com/awards/

    March 21, 2014
  88. Hello, Suzanne! :D

    CONGRATULATIONS! You have been awarded: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/sunshine-award-3/.

    As usual, participation is optional. Have a wonderful day to you! <3 Jhuls

    April 3, 2014
    • Oh wow thank you so much, this is my first time receiving this award. I am so thankful and will try to do the required. Thank you again, it means so much to me.

      April 3, 2014
      • It’s my pleasure! Have a lovely day! ;)

        April 3, 2014
  89. Just come across your blog, love what I’ve seen so far (including, of course, the mascots… If I had a pug or two, I’d probably have to name my blog ‘a pug just got stepped on’, as my kitchen’s so damn small!)

    April 10, 2014
    • LOL, you made me laugh. My kitchen is not huge but not tiny either and even though there is plenty of room every day a pug gets stepped on because they stick to you like glue. Thanks for the follow and for stopping by, just followed you too and will be perusing the posts today.

      April 10, 2014
  90. I shall have to have to pass on your recipes to my cook. (My husband!)

    June 3, 2014
  91. Now I finally get the real meaning of your domain name, I was really dumb most of the time! I really thought that “Apugin was the name of your Kitchen”… Anyway, I ‘m really happy to know you and your adorable dogs.
    I wish to be like you who can contribute to a Cookbook like theFood52.
    Wish you more success in developing your own recipes!!!

    June 15, 2014
    • You are so sweet, thank you so much. Yes my pugs, especially Nando hangs with me in the kitchen. Food is his favorite thing in the world. I spoil them, LOL. I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more and try your recipes.

      June 15, 2014
  92. Hi Suzanne ! I can see I am not the only one who like your blog and loves reading your posts! I want to let you know that I have nominated you for The Wonderful Team Readership Award :) Congrats! You can accept it and check the details at: http://lapetitepaniere.com/2014/06/24/award-post/ Linda x

    June 24, 2014
    • Thank you so much Linda both for the kind words and the award. I accept the award and will follow the link to read about it. Really appreciate it and I love your blog also!

      June 24, 2014
  93. Suzanne- I am so happy you have recently joined my team! :-) As a thank you, here is the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!
    http://creatingbeautyinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/another-big-thank-you/

    June 26, 2014
    • Lori, thank you so much. I love being a team member. Thank you for the award. I will try to pass it on as quickly as I can.

      June 26, 2014
      • You are very welcome Suzanne!

        June 27, 2014
  94. What a great blog you have! And your pugs; how adorable.

    July 2, 2014
    • Thank you so much and yours too, I love how you have involved your little one in the cooking process, I’ve done the same. My fur babies are wonderful and a constant source of amusement and inspiration. Thank you again and I look forward to great recipes from you!

      July 2, 2014
  95. Hi Suzanne. The “ingredients” you sent for the serial on my blog (Chanterelle Mushrooms, Trifle, Gin) will be in Episode-9, which I expect to publish the weekend of August 10th. Thanks for coming out to play with the culinary mystery. Your ingredients are sure to take the story somewhere fun!

    July 11, 2014
    • I can’t wait to read it. Really looking forward to that chapter, well I look forward to all of them.

      July 11, 2014
  96. I had no idea you were a fellow brooklyner!! 😊

    July 13, 2014
    • Are you in Brooklyn? Yes I certainly am and love it here

      July 13, 2014
      • I am too!!! I’ve been here since I was 3 years old!! I love it here too!!!

        July 13, 2014
      • Thats incredible, I will email you, must find out where you are we have to connect.

        July 13, 2014
  97. A fellow foodie in Brooklyn! Thanks for the follow! :D

    July 15, 2014
  98. skd #

    Hi Suzanne,
    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger 2014 award. I am well aware that you have awards galore in your kitty but I will be happy if you decide to accept this. You can collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/07/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Regards
    skd

    July 24, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I gladly accept the award and will work on a post. Thank you so much.

      July 24, 2014
  99. Thank you so much,you are totally deserving!

    August 9, 2012
  100. :)

    March 22, 2014

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