If home is where the heart is and the kitchen is the heart of the home, then it would stand to reason that a great cookbook is the perfect gift to show your love. Because we all know that nothing brings a family together more than a great meal. I am a big fan of church cookbooks because these women pull out their best family recipes. The ones that have been handed down for generations, tweaked and updated over the years with tender love and care. There are a couple of new community cookbooks out this year that I can't wait to get my hands on for the holidays. Bon Appetite!
The State Fair of Texas Cookbook is filled with a collection of prize winning recipes from the 2014 Creative Arts Competition. This cookbook is a must for every State Fair fan. The State Fair of Texas Cookbook features recipes from 24 different competitions. Whether you want to make “Chocolate Peanut Pretzel Cupcakes” or “Bourbon Pecan Pie,” there is something in this cookbook that everyone will enjoy.
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online and at the SMU Bookstore located at 3060 Mockingbird Lane. Nearly 100 contributors include current and retired SMU faculty and staff, as well as parents, friends and alumni. Worth noting: Readers will find the recipe for Cowboy Cookies from First Lady Laura Welch Bush ’68 on page 213.
The durable, easy-care cover, styled to look like parchment paper and linen, features an original watercolor illustration of SMU’s iconic Dallas Hall by “First Lady” Gail Turner, wife of SMU President R. Gerald Turner. Eight tabbed sections within the three-ring binder offers quick access to chapters ranging from appetizers to desserts. There’s even a section with recipe ideas for “Boulevarding” (that’s “tailgating,” for those who don’t speak “Mustang”).
Each chapter opener, depicting the University’s seven degree-granting schools, was digitally designed by John Gibson before Mrs. Turner added a colorful finishing touch. Other visual treats including decade-by-decade history vignettes, the SMU seal (old and new), photos of historical landmarks and two indexes – one of recipe names, the other of contributors. This is the first time the SMU Woman’s Club has published a cookbook. Proceeds benefit the SMU Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, providing an annual stipend to help an SMU sophomore through her graduation year.