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.
Jean Hillman, president from 2010-2012, made Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, a recipe from Virginia Seal, co-editor of the cookbook. The sandwiches are made from a mix of white and whole wheat sandwich bread filled with a smooth and creamy blend of grated cucumbers, grinded onion, mayonnaise and cream cheese. Hillman served them with the crust cut off in rounds.
“They are delicious. I made the Sausage Balls,” club member Ruth Cannady said.
Thelma Rohan’s Sausage Balls are a quick and easy appetizer made with Bisquick, hot sausage, sharp cheddar and milk. The addictive mix is very portable for guests and always a family favorite.
“That’s my recipe in the cookbook,” club member Skipper Powell said as she pointed to the Mini Spinach Frittatas. “It’s something I saw and tried, and it was unique and I adapted it.”
Powell’s frittatas are a savory mix of ricotta and Parmesan, mushrooms and spinach with herbs over slices of pepperoni — baked.
Club member Deanna Neudecker brought her decadent Bacon-Cracker Appetizer, featuring two club crackers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped with bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and baked for a sweet and savory treat.
And for a bite-size dessert, club member Susan Stewart brought Key Lime Fudge made with “key lime juice and lime zest. I put walnuts in, but you can put in macadamia. Amazingly, it’s very mild.”
The fudge recipe from Mokey McCormick is light and fruity, made with white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, Key lime juice and lime zest. “It’s not like the traditional fudge. It’s really easy to make,” Stewart added.
‘GULF COAST FAVORITES … BAY COUNTY COOKS’
What: Cookbook featuring 892 recipes from GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club members, local politicians, celebrities and restaurants
Price: $27, including tax, on club’s website (price may vary by retail location); proceeds to feed the hungry in Bay County
Where: Somethin’s Cookin,’ Paul Brent Gallery, SeaBreeze Winery and The Mole Hole; or have the book shipped to you from GFWC Gulf Coast Woman's Club, PO Box 16076, Panama City, FL 32406
Details: GFWCGulfCoastWomansClub.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Gulf Coast Favorites” includes recipes from My Best Friend’s Kitchen, St. Andrews Coffee House, Los Antojitos, Boon Docks, Enzo’s, The Cheese Barn, Captain Anderson’s, Firefly, Angelo’s, Saltwater Grill, Captain’s Table, Mike’s Café and Oyster Bar, Black Angus, Shrimp Boat, Ferrucci, Uncle Ernie’s and Somethin’s Cookin’, among others. Learn more about each restaurant in the listings under “Dining” at PanamaCity.com.