This past Saturday was the first ever Cook the Book event at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library. Cook the Book is a book club all about cookbooks!
This month’s featured cookbook, highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month, was “Seasoned With Sun: Recipes from the Corner of Texas and Old Mexico.” Written by the El Paso Junior League featuring local recipes, the first edition was released in 1974 and the second revised edition was released in 1989:
We had four participants at our very first meeting –
Celia – Arroz Central Cafe
Rebeca – Borderland BBQ Sauce, with mini sausages
Deborah – Texas Chili
Sharon – Amaretto Cheesecake
*Author’s note: these photos are not my best work because I was busy stuffing my face…*
A recipe for rice from the local restaurant Cafe Central, Celia’s Arroz Cafe Central was fluffy and delicious! The members thought her rice was an excellent side dish that really complimented the other dishes but Celia thought the rice was too bland. She closely followed the recipe but says she will add many more seasonings when she makes the recipe again.
Deborah added black and brown beans to the Texas Chili recipe. She thought the size of the finished recipe was too small and needed the beans to round out the dish. The club members loved the chili and thought the beans were a great addition.
Rebeca’s Borderland BBQ Sauce also had to be modified. The original recipe called for two large onions. As the sauce was cooking, Rebeca’s eyes watered from all the onions! She had to increase the amount the ketchup and sugar in the recipe to counter the overpowering onion flavor. The members loved the sauce and they suggested using the sauce on chicken wings in the future. The mini sausages in the Borderland BBQ Sauce were a big hit!
And of course we each had a slice of Sharon’s Amaretto Cheesecake – made with extra Amaretto! The cheesecake was light and airy and had deliciously soft flavoring, a perfect end to the heavy meal. Sharon used pancake mix instead of flour and she used a store-bought crust. And of course, she added extra Amaretto!
This first Cook the Book meeting was a hit! We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to cooking up a recipe from next month’s cookbook, William Sonoma’s “Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.”
Would you like to join the club? Stop by the library today to sign up! And please comment down below or call us with any questions or suggestions, 915-212-0450.