New in Croton: Baked by Susan


A new bakery has arrived in Croton-on-Hudson where the baked goods are fresh, delicious, and expertly “baked by Susan” — Susan O’Keefe, that is.

The popular local baker, whose sweet treats are sold at farmers’ markets and distributed in the city, opened Baked by Susan this month. It’s worth a visit because there are “no stacks of cakes that have been sitting there for weeks,” she tells us, explaining that she will whip up a customers’ order with little notice. “You could walk in and tell me you want an apple pie in the morning and it will be ready in the afternoon,” she says. Even though Baked by Susan isn’t open full-time just yet, customers can place their orders by phone whenever the shop is closed. (Consider ordering the flourless chocolate cake. It’s a hit!)

Details: 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 914-862-0874;

— Latoya West


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. Dear Susan, I recently learned of the sudden passing of your mother-in-law and mother, Mrs. Rosemarie O’Keefe. I am a retired foreign language teacher from Sleepy Hollow HS/MS. Since I am retired 6 years, I couldn’t quite place in which area she worked.After a while it came to me:special education/ESL. I called some people with whom she would have worked:Ed Coviello, Patricia Maceyak, Kim Kaczmarek & Brian Tompkins. Rosemarie was one of the finest, erudite and accomplished individuals I had ever met in that building and I worked there 35 yrs. I would stop by her room/s almost every day usually at the end of school. We would ruminate on the decline in the schools and the incredible needs of the kids. She always had time to speak with me. A person also from SHHS had asked me about her, if I knew her. He told me,did
    not want me to contact you for fear of upsetting you. Please do not tell him of this email. When I heard his news, I wept. I live in Cornwall & hope stop by. Again, my very deepest sympathy.

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