Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Foods and Flavors of San Antonio, A Cookbook

Foods and Flavors of San Antonio was written and developed by Gloria Chadwick, foodie extraordinaire. The cookbook prefaces the many wonderful Tex-Mex recipes – 242 to be exact - with a delightfully written overview of the city of San Antonio, Texas. Her excitement and fascination of her new hometown comes through in her vivid descriptions of the multitude of attractions the city has to offer both visitors and San Antonio natives. Her appreciation for the town could very well make her an ambassador for San Antonio.

Within the pages of this book, readers experience a wide range of attractions and are offered online links to further explore the unique areas of this exciting city. No need for maps and pamphlets here.

The Alamo, The Mission Trail, The Water Garden, El Mercado, The Riverwalk, Mariachi music and most of all the food.

The cookbook portion of Foods and Flavors of San Antonio offers its’ readers a delicious cross section of the finest Tex-Mex cuisine San Antonio is well known for.

A wide array of deliciously seasoned dishes will entice everyone from the novice to the more experienced cook in preparing recipes with a Texas – Southwestern – Mexican flair.

Some of the recipes that caught my eye were: Breakfast Tacos, Cheese and Potato Stuffed Poblano Chiles, Chimichangas, Chipotle Chicken, Margaritas, Mexican Mocha, Churros and Fabulous Flan. These are a sample of some of the most delectable recipes you will find within the pages of Foods and Flavors of San Antonio. The recipes are well written and easy to follow with readily available ingredients.

The cookbook makes an excellent addition to any cookbook enthusiast’s collection. I strongly recommend the purchase of Foods and Flavors of San Antonio. It makes an outstanding gift for the “chef” in the family.

My congratulations to Gloria: a knowledgeable writer, teacher, author, and marvelous foodie friend.

In honor of Gloria’s distinct appreciation for her Kahlua, I decided to make the Kahlua Cookies and Kahlua Coffee recipes found in her cookbook – and I’m NOT sharing!

Kahlua Coffee

2 cups hot, strong coffee
1/2 cup tequila
1/2 cup Kahlua
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream

Brew the coffee in a coffee maker.
Add the tequila, Kahlua and vanilla to the coffee in the carafe. Stir well to mix.
Add the sugr and stir until it is completely dissolved. Pour into cups and drizzle in the cream. Serve hot.
Variations: To make Cool Kahlua Coffee, place the prepared coffee in te refrigerator for 20 minutes, then pour into cups and drizzle the cream. Serves 4.

Kahlua Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Kahlua
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs
Confectioners' Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar and cocoa.
In a separate medium-size bowl, whisk together the melted butter, oil, Kahlua, vanilla and eggs.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well. Chill the dough 12 hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a cookie sheet of lay a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet to prevent sticking. Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on a plate.
Using a melon baller or a small cookie scooper, make 1 cookie at a time rolling it in the powdered sugar before placing it on the prepared cookie sheet.
Place cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart on sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until the cookie is set and the centers are not liquid. Do not overbake. When the cookies are cooled, they will puff and crack. Cool 5 minutes on a cooling rack then remove cookies and place on a plate. Do not stack cookies for at least 1 hour.

Yields 3 dozen.

22 comments: said...

Wonderful and delicious! You have done a great job of capturing such a neat cookbook!! Thanks!!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Teresa -- still NOT sharing, LOL! I knew when you stole my Kahlua (and my coffee, I might add) in the "desserted" island meme, that I'd never see it again, but at least you put it to good use in the Kahlua Coffee and the Kahlua cookies!
Thanks so much for the great review of my new cookbook. BTW, have you checked your chocolate stash lately? It was a good hiding place, but I found it. Hugs.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Oh, one more thing... I just want to mention that your offspring -- Chef Bear -- got me drunk when she made me her Chicken Parmesan!

Reeni♥ said...

What a wonderful review, Teresa. The cookies look so chocolaty and what a combination with the coffee, extreme yumminess!

Ben said...

I've heard so many good things about the book and now I really really want a copy! Hehe. And about the recipes? I just love Kahlua! I am ready for some coffee with cookies :p

Gloria Chadwick said...

Hi Sweetie. Just wanted to let you know that there's an award for you and your chocolate blog on my blog. :) Hugs.

Katie said...

Its not nice to not share! I could go for a dozen or so of the kahlua cookies.

The Blonde Duck said...

I live in SA! I've got to check out this cookbook!

Dee said...

Ooh, I'll have a little of each please :) I love Kahlua in my coffee but have never thought to add tequila in it as well. Makes sense though.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks yummy! How can you go wrong with kaluha?

Foodycat said...

I don't know whether the coffee or the cookies looks better! Wonderful recipes.

Aggie said...

Oh, I can't wait to get my copy! I love the sound of these cookies and coffee!! said...

The Kahlua deserved a second visit, and I have an award for you at :)

Joie de vivre said...

Yum, yum, yum! That coffee is so pretty with the swirls!

Ivy said...

I'd love a cup of coffee with some of those cookies.

Dibs said...

oh wow! What wouldn't I do for a sip of that kahlua coffee!

Karen said...

Great review of Gloria's book! I saw the cookies in the book and I'm going to make them one of these days :)

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