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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 641.597 AND Adult NonFiction Book

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You don't have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews' recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews' novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year's Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits 'n' greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.

Author Notes

Mary Kay Andrews was born Kathy Hogan Trocheck on July 27, 1954 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia. She worked for fourteen years as a reporter, mainly at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before becoming a full-time author.

Under Kathy Hogan Trocheck, she wrote 10 mysteries including the Callahan Garrity Mystery series and the Truman Kicklighter Mysteries series. Under Mary Kay Andrews, her works include the Weezie and Bebe series, Little Bitty Lies, Hissy Fit, Deep Dish, The Fixer Upper, Summer Rental, Spring Fever, Ladies Night, Save the Date, and Beach Town.

Mary Kay's title, The Weekenders, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Remembering beach-house rentals that magically interrupted otherwise bleak childhood summers with days of freedom and luxury, Andrews has yearned for the escape beachfront property brings. Now that the Atlanta-based women's-fiction author has the means to own her own beach house on the Georgia coast, she uses it generously to entertain friends and family with meals both simple and sumptuous. But, above all, beach-house meals need to be unfussy. What's the point of being at the beach if you're spending unnecessary hours in the kitchen? Bottled salad dressing, premade piecrusts, and pudding mix ease cooking chores. That's not to say fresh ingredients are lacking. Low Country boil brims with plenty of just-caught seafood, corn fritters start from scratch, and fig-onion jam accents whole-beef tenderloin. Lots of cocktails quench summer thirst. Lemon bars and lemon granita both end beach dinners with bracing citrus. A good pick for most library collections; take note where Andrews' novels are popular.--Knoblauch, Mark Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Atlanta-based bestselling novelist Andrews (The Weekenders, Deep Dish) collects recipes inspired by casual Southern coastal cuisine and beach house living. Her 16 special-occasion menus "keep it simple, fun, kind of like a day at the beach" and illustrate how to fashion easygoing meals. Andrews's menus are ideal for relaxed gatherings and seaside celebrations, with titles such as Summer Solstice, Low Country Boil, Fourth of July, and Lazy Weekend Brunch. They're inspired by the serious fishermen in her family and include fish tacos, corn fritters, mac and cheese, and key lime popsicles. There are menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Easter Sunday, too. Fans of Southern regional fare can count on all the classics. Biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, cornbread, crab cakes, okra fritters, and cherry-cola-laced ribs and cakes make this collection a true primer on Southern cuisine. Recipes are seasoned with plenty of vintage recipe box nostalgia and use jarred sauces, frozen whipped topping, prepared pie crusts, and other convenience foods in tandem with local farm stand produce and seafoods. Andrews invites home cooks to host a beach house bash in their own kitchen with these memory-filled dishes. Agent: Stuart Krichevsky, SKL Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Summer Solstice Dinnerp. 1
Low Country Boilp. 15
Fourth of July Dinnerp. 25
Lazy Weekend Brunchp. 39
Beach Picnicp. 51
Book Bash Cocktail Partyp. 59
After a Day at the Beachp. 79
Catch of the Dayp. 91
Full Moon Partyp. 103
Game Day Dinnerp. 119
Souper Supperp. 139
Thanksgiving at the Beachp. 155
Christmas Brunchp. 179
New Year's Day Open Housep. 197
Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinnerp. 209
Easter Lunchp. 223
Epilogue: And Then There Were Biscuitsp. 235
Acknowledgmentp. 241
Indexp. 245

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