Friday, December 12, 2014

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: Around the Table by Martina McBride

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from William Morrow Publishing,  via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Yup, you read right!

Martina McBride, country singer known for her songs Independence Day anThis One s For The Girls had a cookbook out!

And we were lucky to check out a copy to share with you!

Around the Table cover


Synopsis:

The widely acclaimed country music megastar Martina McBride invites fans into her home, her kitchen, and her family’s traditions in this, her first-ever book—a beautiful full-color illustrated collection of culinary celebrations, complete with cherished recipes and menus for cooking and entertaining at home.

One of country music’s most beloved singers, Martina McBride enjoys entertaining her millions of fans on the road. But at home she loves entertaining a different way, hosting her famous gatherings for friends and family. Beneath the glam, glitter, and wild success, Martina remains a farm girl true to her roots and the country hospitality with which she was raised.

Now, in her first ever book, Martina shares the inventive party ideas for all seasons that have made her a beloved entertainer at home. Each celebration is accompanied by Martina’s mouthwatering recipes, tips and tricks, practical menu planning advice, décor inspiration, and fun ideas for keeping guests entertained. A busy mom of three, Martina understands that hosting needs to be easy to be enjoyable, and all of her recipes come with cooking gameplans.

Dozens of stunning color photos invite readers into Martina’s home and around her table all through the year. With this delightful entertaining cookbook, fans everywhere can join in the fun, whether it’s a Red, White, and Blue Backyard Cookout, a Retro Valentine’s Day Supper Club or a night of Mistletoe and Martinis. Chock full of personal anecdotes and memories, this delightful keepsake is infused with Martina’s girl-next-door spirit and irresistible charm.

Around the Table  collage


Review:

Subtitled Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year, this book is just that- a cookbook you'll use all year long! Martina has divided the recipes into different menus, both holiday and by theme. As you can see by the collage above for Mistletoe and Martinis (aka a Christmas open house), she offers hostess tips, a menu, recipes, suggestions for a great party, and even a music list! I think I found the music lists almost as interesting as the comments on the recipes from Martina! Our taste in music says so much about us, doesn't it? 

The recipes are Southern for the most part, even though Martina is from Kansas, but have a sensibility and ease, that one would expect from a very busy entertainer! Obviously living in Tennessee has had it's influence on her cooking! If you know someone who loves to host parties, this would be a lovely hostess or holiday gift. 



About Martina:

Martina McBride, a Kansas native who made her debut on the charts in 1992, has earned a string of hits across twelve albums, including "Blessed," "Independence Day," "A Broken Wing," "Wild Angels," "Concrete Angel," and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." To date she has a tie for the most Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Awards with four wins, has been named Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist three times, and has been nominated for fourteen Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.



Now how about a great recipe from Martina that is perfect for using Christmas left overs the day after, for family and friends still with you, or dropping in!
 Best thing? It is STRESS free!

Around the Table  ham and cheddar biscuits with apple jelly
Look yummy, don't they?

Mini Ham-and-Cheese Biscuits with Apple Jelly

Makes 24 biscuits

Ham biscuits are a brunch buffet classic. Use whatever style ham and biscuits you like and set out little bowls of mustard and honey, too. The tart-sweetness of apple jelly really pairs nicely with sharp cheddar and salty ham.

Bake 24 frozen tea biscuits, such as Mary B’s brand, according to the package directions. Slice 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese and 8 ounces of cooked country ham. Halve each biscuit and layer with cheese and ham. Serve with apple jelly and Dijon mustard.





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