chef and more …

I’m Susan Nye. I love storytelling and I love to cook.  Happily, I’ve  found a way to combine the two in Susan Nye – Around the Table. Every week I share some of my favorite recipes along with personal stories or a little advice.  Over the past few years I have shared tales of bike riding on Jackson Road, Christmas shopping with my Dad and baking pies with my Nana Nye. These are the stories that my family tells and retells around the table, sometimes laughing, sometimes cringing a bit but always happy to share our favorite memories. You’ll also find cooking and entertaining advice and a menu or two.

More than a food writer, I am also a caterer and the chef at a local private club. I’d be delighted to help you with your catering and private chef needs. Please feel free to take a look at my latest private chef and catering menu.

In addition, I’m a cook with a cause and hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good.  Every month I invite old friends, new friends and soon to be friends into my home to help raise money  for the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s a fun and festive evening and I look forward to welcoming you around my table.

Ever wish you had a camera handy? After years of missing special shots,  I have begun snapping bits and pieces of my day and sharing them on Susan Nye 365. From flora and foliage to food to family and friends, you can check out where I’ve been and what I’m doing.

Finally, as one of the founding  members of  NH Writers’ Network, I blog about marketing and social media for writers.

That’s all in addition to a steady flow of articles for magazines and newspapers throughout New England. Along with food, I write about green living, family fun, entrepreneurship and small business.

For my latest writing adventure I’ve given a go at fiction. My short story Murder on the Mountain is one of twenty in a new anthology of crime stories set in the Granite State. Aptly named Live Free or Die!, Die! Die! (PlaidSwede, October 2011) you can buy the book on-line or in your favorite New Hampshire bookstore. Although it is not  particularly gritty, I hope you’ll enjoy reading my tale of mystery and mayhem as much as I did writing it.

I enjoy speaking on a variety of topics at events and clubs. I have delivered workshops and keynotes and participated on panels. Topics have ranged from sales, marketing and  entrepreneurship to re-invention, cooking and entertaining. I also give cooking classes and make regular appearances on  local ABC affiliate, WMUR/Channel 9. If you’d like to watch me cook, you can find most of the clips on on my YouTube Channel.  For cooking tips, updates and more, follow me on Twitter or on Facebook.

I am delighted to share my joy of writing and memoir with a terrific group of fledgling writers. We started last year as a six week course under the auspices of Adventures in Learning, a community-based adult education program sponsored by Colby-Sawyer College. We continue to meet weekly with breaks for the holidays and summer. From first days of school to weddings, births, military service, careers and more, the group’s members are writing and sharing their lives, one story at a time.

I have had some requests to start a second group and would be happy to do so. I need three to five more writers to get started. No experience required, just the desire to write, share and learn. All students are expected to share their stories with the group and early sessions include a combination of lecture and discussion with class readings and critique. Contact me by email if you are interested in joining this new group.

And when I’m not writing or cooking? I’m living life in glorious New Hampshire. Skiing and snowshoeing when it’s cold and walking, hiking, kayaking when it’s not and reading any time I can grab a minute or two.

Do you have a question? An idea, a few thoughts or an opinion you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. Alternatively you can  contact me by email.

I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. Just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and every week you will automatically receive a new story and recipe.

© Susan W. Nye, 2010-2012

21 thoughts on “Susan

    • Andrea – I was delighted to meet you. Your site is beautiful. If at some point you need to rent a kitchen for your bakery – email me at the WCA – or call 526 7934. We have a profession kitchen and rent it out by the half day and day. If you want to come by and see – 64 Village Road in Wilmot. I’m there M-W 9-noon. Take care – S.


  1. I came across your blog through the Live to Write – Write to Live site and I’m so glad I found it – writing, food and support of Alzheimer’s are some of my favourite things too. You seem to be a true example of someone who can actually do it all 🙂


  2. Hi Susan! I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and saw your link that Lynn Ruane shared. What a great website you have and you’re doing so many wonderful things. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!! Judy Cameron Nunez (SLU ’77)


  3. Hi, Susan,
    Looking for a galette recipe for Mother’s Day and thought you’d probably enjoy tossing out some ideas. We’re making one of those tart galettes and it has to be vegetarian. What springs to mind?


    • Peter – You’re making me hungry! I’d go with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and goat cheese. Roast some grape tomatoes with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper. I usually do the onions in the oven as well – I don’t have to keep such a close eye on them. I toss onions with olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar, s&p. Sometimes I finish them with a splash of white wine or cognac. Put the veggies in a tart shell ( Add just enough custard to hold it together – 2 eggs and 1/2 milk or half & half should work – add 1/2 cup grated parm if you like. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Put the tart in a preheated 425 oven. Reduce to 375 degrees. Cook until set and the crust is lightly browned. Slice and serve with a drizzle of pistou ( for a nice finish. Have a great weekend – Happy Cooking and Moms’ Day – S.


  4. Susan
    I love your blog, love the recipes! As a fellow writer from just south of the border (Groton MA), it’s nice to connect with a kindred spirit. And btw, my day job is at the Alzheimer’s Association–thank you for your great support.

    Betsy Fitzgerald


    • Betsy – Many thanks for your kind words. Supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is near and dear to may heart. Thank you for all the help you give families like mine. Take care, S.


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