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Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style

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Publisher Comments:

No one captures big-hearted, big-hatted Texas hospitality like Rebecca Rather. In Pastry Queen Parties, her eagerly awaited third book, Rebecca celebrates her home state's love of good company and great food. Traversing the Lone Star state's rich culinary landscape, Rebecca offers up a bevy of revel-ready menus for:

• A West Texas ranch-style supper

• Tex-Mex hacienda dining in San Antonio

• A Gulf Coast summer beach bonanza

• A small town homecoming picnic

• A big city cocktail party

• A sweet and sunny Hill Country garden party

More than 100 recipes for starters, sides, main dishes, desserts, and drinks showcase Rebecca's bold and bounteous style of cooking. There's mouth-watering inspiration on every page: dig into a West Texas—sized plate of Beer-Braised Short Ribs, Green Tomato Macaroni and Cheese, and Butter Beans and Mixed Greens; or savor soul food San Antonio style with heaping helpings of Rosa' s Red Posole and Fiesta Chiles Rellenos. But save room for one of Rebecca's justly famous desserts: maybe a piece of that sky-high Giant Chocolate Cake with Cowboy Coffee Frosting, or a couple of Chubby's White Pralines, or–hey, those S'mores Cupcakes look pretty great . . . .

Plentiful stories and useful cooking and entertaining tips from Rebecca and other great Texas hosts and hostesses, a roster of "party express" recipes to pull together quickly, and more than 100 gorgeous scenic and food photos from across the state, make Pastry Queen Parties an irresistible invitation to do it up big, Lone Star style.

Review:

"A former caterer, Rather (The Pastry Queen) knows how to entertain, explain and keep things fun and manageable. This entertaining title for home cooks by the Texas native is full of creative and fun dishes that span the state. The six chapters are broken down by region and event and include Gulf Coast Beach Bash; San Antonio Tex-Mex Fiesta; and West Texas Dinner Party. Recipes for appetizers, mains, side dishes, desserts and cocktails showcase seasonal produce and include designated 'Party Express' selections that can be prepared in an hour or less. Southern classics such as spoon bread, seafood gumbo, chicken-fried steak and sweet tea are balanced with Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes such as posole, fajitas and chiles rellenos. Kitschy selections like hostess-with-mostest cupcakes, Corona sorbet and layered salad in a jar add to the mix. Color photos and essays on Texas traditions, residents and life give readers a feel for not only the big, bold flavors but the unique spirit of the Lone Star state." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

No one captures big-hearted, big-hatted Texas hospitality

About the Author

IACP award-winning author REBECCA RATHER is the chef-owner of the renowned Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in the Texas Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, where she cultivates the gracious life with plenty of parties. Formerly a caterer, she has planned and cooked for hundreds of events throughout Texas and across the country. Rebecca has been featured in Texas Monthly, Gourmet, Ladies Home Journal, Food & Wine, Southern Living, Saveur, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her previous books include The Pastry Queen and The Pastry Queen Christmas.

ALISON ORESMAN has been a journalist for more than twenty years, writing and editing for newspapers in Wyoming, Florida, and Washington State. Her weekly columns as a restaurant critic have been featured in Miami and Seattle. Alison coauthored the IACP award—winning The Pastry Queen Christmas with Rebecca; this is their third book together.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

chapter one Hill Country Garden Party 5

Mini Okra Pancakes 8

Highs Hummus with Pita Crisps 9

Sweet-and-Sour Lamb Ribs 11

Rebeccas Table Caprese Salad 12

Sidebar: Party Tips from a Legendary Host 13

Fresh Corn and Pea Salad 14

Rustic Bread Salad 17

Sidebar: Artisan Cheesemaker Chrissy Omo 18

Roasted Beet Salad with Spicy Maple Pecans and Chrissys Fresh Chèvre 19

Watermelon Salads with Tequila-Lime Dressing 23

Avocado-Cucumber Soup 25

Grilled Quail Salad 27

Garden Tomato Lasagna with Pesto 30

Three Pigs Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Candied Carrots 33

Savory Smoked Tomato-Asiago Scones 35

Sidebar: Freds Party 36

Belted Galloway Ice Cream Sandwiches 38

Figgy-topped Pound Cakes 40

Plum Tart 43

Kimmie Cookies 45

Garden Party Cocktails 47

chapter two gulf coast beach bash 49

Chicken-fried Shrimp 52

Campechana 53

Marinated Crab Claw Cocktail 55

White Balsamic-Jicama Slaw 57

Seafood Gumbo 58

Farmstand Tomato Soup with Arugula Pesto 61

Sidebar: Gulf Coast Entertaining, Rockport Style 63

Cajun Catfish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise 64

Champagne-marinated Shrimp Boil 67

Crab in Shells 68

Sidebar: Beach House Memories 70

Big Easy Whole Flounder 73

One-Pot Cajun New Potatoes 75

Lemony Artichokes au Gratin 76

Pineapple Bundt Cake 77

Sidebar: Beachside Frozen Pops 78

Cocoa Cloud Icebox Pies 81

Vanilla Sand Dollar Cookies 83

Smores Cupcakes 85

Watermelon Mojitos 87

chapter three homecoming 89

Deviled Eggs 93

Layered Salad in a Jar 95

You Can Go Home Again Potato Salad 96

Curried Jasmine Rice Salad 97

Double-dipped Buttermilk Fried Chicken 99

Slow-baked Brisket with Bourbon Mustard Barbecue Sauce 101

Ralphs Six Rivers Tuna with Honey Grain Rolls 104

Sidebar: The Six Rivers Ride 106

Gangys Spoon Bread 109

Butternut Squash Bread 110

Walnut Baked Beans 113

Butterscotch Brownies with Brown Sugar Butter Icing 115

Peach-Almond Bars 117

Hostess-with-the-Mostest Cupcakes 119

Sidebar: Tailgating 121

White Chocolate Cake with Spiky Meringue Frosting 122

Peanut Butter and Jam Cake 124

Syrup Cake 126

Graham Cracker-Pecan Crunch 127

Grandma Olferss Malted Mocha Bars 128

Homecoming Iced Tea 131

chapter four San Antonio Tex-Mex Fiesta 133

Pork and Tomatillo Quesadillas with Ancho Dipping Salsa 135

Queso 138

Rosas Red Posole 140

Lime Soup 143

Fiesta Chiles Rellenos 145

Sidebar: Fiesta 147

Chicken with Banana-Basil Mole 148

Beans a la Charra 150

Cheese Enchiladas with Chile Gravy 152

Rib-eye Fajitas on the Grill 155

El Rancho de la Reina Casserole 156

Puffy Tacos with Bison Chili 158

Rosas Mexican Rice and San Antonio Refried Beans 161

Sidebar: Loncitos Food Salon 163

Cinnamon Crescents 165

Pequeño Chocolate-Pecan Tartlets 166

Chubbys White Pralines 168

Key Lime-Coconut Cream Cake 171

Corona Sorbet 173

Silver Bullet Margaritas 175

White Sangria 175

chapter five Big-City cocktail party 177

Savory Double Cheese Slice-and-Bake Cookies 179

Polenta Rounds with Cheese, Chive Pesto, and Red Pepper 181

Sidebar: Soignée soirees 182

Tuna Spoons 183

Party-in-a-Shot-Glass Oyster Shooters 185

Wild Mushroom Turnovers 187

Sidebar: Better All the Time 189

Lemon-Ginger Chicken Canapés 190

Homemade Potato Chips 192

Cheddar Soup Cups 195

Avocado Pancakes with Crème Fraîche and Trout Roe 197

Marys Crayfish Pies 199

Sidebar: The Buddy System 201

Lemongrass-skewered Quail Sausage 203

Lemon-Chip Cookies 205

Chile Crinkle Cookies 206

Chocolate Mousse Cookies Two Ways 207

Black-and-White Bars 208

Big-City Cocktails 211

chapter six West Texas dinner party 213

El Rancho Chopped Salad with Cornbread Croutons and Creamy Poblano Dressing 217

Iceberg Wedge with Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing 219

Mary Janes Bean Pot Soup 220

Not Really Son-of-a-Bitch Stew 221

Beer-braised Short Ribs 222

Blue Javalina Grilled Lamb with Quinoa Pilaf 225

Chicken-fried Steak 227

Stuffed Bandera Quail with Pepper Glaze 229

Green Tomato Macaroni and Cheese 231

Sidebar: Party Maestro Don Strange 233

Achiote-seared Chickpeas 234

Butter Beans and Mixed Greens 237

Sweet Potato Biscuits 239

Buds Mashed Potato-Creamed Corn Casserole 240

Jalapeño Cornbread with Cheese, Corn, and Arugula 241

Giant Chocolate Cake with Cowboy Coffee Frosting 243

Sohnnes Mamas Double-Decker Blackberry Cobbler 247

Drunken Brandy-Peach Bread Pudding 248

Maple-Pecan Butter Thins 251

Top-Shelf Tea 252

Smoke Old-Fashioned 253

Basics and Sources 254

Acknowledgments 256

Index 258

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580089906
Author:
Rather, Rebecca
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Oresman, Alison
Subject:
General
Subject:
Entertaining - General
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - Southwestern States
Subject:
Entertaining - Party Planning
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - Southern States
Subject:
Entertaining
Subject:
Cookery, American -- Southwestern style.
Subject:
Entertaining -- Texas.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Entertaining
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10.10x8.30x.95 in. 2.53 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A former caterer, Rather (The Pastry Queen) knows how to entertain, explain and keep things fun and manageable. This entertaining title for home cooks by the Texas native is full of creative and fun dishes that span the state. The six chapters are broken down by region and event and include Gulf Coast Beach Bash; San Antonio Tex-Mex Fiesta; and West Texas Dinner Party. Recipes for appetizers, mains, side dishes, desserts and cocktails showcase seasonal produce and include designated 'Party Express' selections that can be prepared in an hour or less. Southern classics such as spoon bread, seafood gumbo, chicken-fried steak and sweet tea are balanced with Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes such as posole, fajitas and chiles rellenos. Kitschy selections like hostess-with-mostest cupcakes, Corona sorbet and layered salad in a jar add to the mix. Color photos and essays on Texas traditions, residents and life give readers a feel for not only the big, bold flavors but the unique spirit of the Lone Star state." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , No one captures big-hearted, big-hatted Texas hospitality
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