I have always loved June—my all ‘round favorite month. The world has suddenly become more beautiful—greener grass, fragrant roses and all other brilliantly hued flowers abound—fresh as the proverbial daisy before hot winds and drying weather take their toll here in New Mexico or the heat and humidity elsewhere.
My new republication of “Finger Lickin’, Great Tastin’ , Hot n Spicy Barbecue”—all updated with the latest Pit Stops or best barbecue restaurants in the USA is just hitting the book stores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and I have copies to autograph if you would like an extra special autographed copy for a Father’s Day gift at $12.95 plus shipping. AND my soon to be republished Freezer cookbook will soon be available in time to freeze nature’s bounty. You can pre-order now on Amazon.
There is so much that is happy and fun, bringing forth the desire to get together for celebrating. Whether it s a wedding, Father’s Day. an anniversary, shower, birthday, graduation or a celebration of the beginning of summer or summer solstice—June is literally the time to “bust out all over”.
With all this in mind—we are offering a very special full-participation Party Appetizer class on June 15 in my home kitchen. I would love to have you come and cook and “party” with us! It is a great Father’s Day gift….as most all Fathers like to party—at least once in a while. We will be cooking the recipes below—
SUNDRIED TOMATO AND SPINACH "FLOWER" WRAPS
GREEN CHILE CHEESE TRIANGLES
POQUITO POTATOES WITH CAVIAR CREME FILLING
CHEVRE BRUSCHETTA with BLACK BEAN SALSA
BITSY BLOODY MARIAS
SEVICHE WITH TOSTADAS AND SALSA FRESCA
I think party food that stays delicious looking for at least two hours bears some planning. Who wants to eat dried, curled up pieces of cheese or soggy crackers, and the like? With these thoughts in mind as well as the climate where you live—the foods you serve will be guided by either the dry air such as in New Mexico or soggy air as in the Midwest, South and back East.
One good idea is to place limited amounts of food on each platter when you serve—don’t try to place a large amount that will not keep well. Also, refrain from using quick to wilt lettuces and greens. Don’t compile bruschettas or canapes in advance. Plan bite-sized servings so that the arrangement, casserole or bowl doesn’t look forlorn after the first hour.
Here’s some favorite party foods and great, hearty and simple recipes for the best ever Brisket and fabulous Beans to serve with it—Southwestern style—great fun for Father’s Day.