Pastry Queen Parties

Hardcover $32.50

Ten Speed Press | Oct 13, 2009 | 272 Pages | 8 x 10 | ISBN 9781580089906

  • Hardcover$32.50

    Ten Speed Press | Oct 13, 2009 | 272 Pages | 8 x 10 | ISBN 9781580089906

  • Ebook$16.99

    Ten Speed Press | May 25, 2011 | 256 Pages | ISBN 9781607741367

Table Of Contents

Introduction 1

chapter one Hill Country Garden Party 5

Mini Okra Pancakes 8

High’s Hummus with Pita Crisps 9

Sweet-and-Sour Lamb Ribs 11

Rebecca’s 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 Chrissy’s 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: Fred’s 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

S’mores 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

Ralph’s Six Rivers Tuna with Honey Grain Rolls 104

Sidebar: The Six Rivers Ride 106

Gangy’s 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 Olfers’s 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

Rosa’s 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

Rosa’s Mexican Rice and San Antonio Refried Beans 161

Sidebar: Loncito’s Food Salon 163

Cinnamon Crescents 165

Pequeño Chocolate-Pecan Tartlets 166

Chubby’s 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

Mary’s 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 Jane’s 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

Bud’s Mashed Potato-Creamed Corn Casserole 240

Jalapeño Cornbread with Cheese, Corn, and Arugula 241

Giant Chocolate Cake with Cowboy Coffee Frosting 243

Sohnne’s Mama’s 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

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