Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012: Meet Guest Blogger Sue Dorien


Hi. My name is Sue Dorien, and a perfect day for me is bread dough proofing on the counter, the Dutch oven filled with braising veal shanks, and a cutting board piled high with raw vegetables ready to be manipulated.

I grew up in the Hudson Valley in a big family of eight children. Both parents worked so we kids were left to make dinner. To my siblings’ horror, my cooking expertise was limited to tuna casserole with crunched Wheat Thins on top. Wallpaper paste was more palatable.

Through the years, however, I’ve honed my cooking skills.┬áMy Ham and Cheese Scones were chosen by Cooking Light magazine (Sept 2002) for their Lighten Up feature. What was a past time soon became my passion. All the fame and glory must have gone to my head because I now eat, sleep, dream, and live food. I love everything about food; shopping for it, prepping it, cooking it, and sharing it.

I look forward to blogging for Small Bites during Restaurant Week. I’ll share my sights, smells, and tastes with you all.


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