One of the pleasures, honors really, that this book has brought me is to be able to help raise funds for libraries. Last month we raised funds for the San Antonio Library Latino Resources Center and the glittering evening was meaningful because it will help generations to come. Next week I will be in Abilene, Texas, invited by the Friends Of The Library, for a book signing event and a gala dinner that will feature four Texas cookbook authors. It’s a privilege to join the other authors, whom I admire, and help the Abilene Library.
I thought I’d share the menu that the chefs of the Abilene Country Club will prepare for the black-tie gala. The chefs selected recipes from all four cookbooks and I’m looking forward to this marvelous gala dining experience.
WEST TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL COOKBOOK GALA
September 25, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.
Abilene Country Club – 4039 Treadaway Blvd.
MENU & WINE PAIRINGS
Hors d’ Oeuvres
Polenta Rounds with Cheese, Chive Pesto, and Red Pepper — Pastry Queen Parties
Ancho Chile Meatballs — Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes
Landon Sparkling Red Moscato
Lost Oak Blanc du Bois
Soup: Sopa de Lima — The Homesick Texan’s Family Table: Lone Star Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours
Traditional Pairing: Yellow Rose, Landon Winery
Daring Paring: 2012 Chenin Blanc, Becker Vineyards
Salad: El rancho Chopped Salad with Cornbread Croutons and Creamy Poblano Dressing — Pastry Queen Parties
Traditional Pairing: 2013 Vermentino, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
Daring Paring: 2013 Provencal Becker Winery
Crab Cakes with Chipotle Yerbaniz Mayonnaise— Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes
Traditional Pairing: 2012 Viognier, Becker Winery
Daring Paring: 2012 La Reina Tempranillo, Red Caboose
Second Entrée: Jalapeno Pesto Stuffed Pork Roast with Orange Asparagus — The Homesick Texan’s Family Table: Lone Star Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours
and Purple Chipotle Garlic Mashed Potatoes — The Texas Holiday Cookbook
Traditional Pairing: 2012 Dawson Red, Lost Oak Winery
Daring Paring: Riesling, Landon Winery
Capirotada — Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes
Traditional Pairing: Port Style “Some of that Red”, Red Caboose
Daring Paring: Besitos de Chocolate, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards