’Tis always the season for ‘Gulf Coast Favorites’

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM.

PANAMA CITY— Whether you are looking to dish out new favorites, host a party — or drag a dish, the GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club’s “Gulf Coast Favorites” has something for every occasion and taste.

The cookbook, with artwork designed by Panama City artist Paul Brent, features 892 recipes from local politicians, celebrities and restaurants, as well as club members. The first edition came out in May and recently was recognized as one of the 10 finalists of more than 270 from 2012 in the Morris Community Cookbook Awards’ 13th Annual Contest. Winners will be announced in January.

“We sold 1,100 books in three weeks,” club president Anita Segler said.

According to CookbookAwards.com, gross sales have reached $22,460. The cookbook was put together by the GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club members as a fundraising project with proceeds going to help feed the needy in Bay County. Because of the demand for the cookbook, the club has released with a second edition, “a reprinting.”

As with any cookbook reprinting, the new edition has allowed the editors to correct a few mistakes.

Hannelore Holland of Somethin’s Cookin’ hosted a reception with complimentary wine on Nov. 1 to celebrate the release of the second edition. Holland, who has seven recipes published in “Gulf Coast Favorites” under Local Restaurants Past & Present, made her Artichoke Dip. The baked dip, featuring plain and marinated artichoke hearts, chopped spinach, mayonnaise, white Cheddar, chilies, lemon dill and Parmesan, is a year-round crowd pleaser for any occasion.

“For the wine tasting, we have things that go with appetizers,” said Segler, who made Marinated Ham Biscuits, a recipe by Mary Ann Taylor from the Appetizers & Beverages section. The rolls are filled with ham and Swiss, then topped with a mixture of butter and spices and baked.

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