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The Cookbook of the Month for June 2012 will be: The Homesick Texan Cookbook, by Lisa Fain

L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 05:09 PM

This was a tight race, but The Homesick Texan won by a narrow margin. If your book didn't win, don't give up, there's always next month!

On the first day of June, I will be posting the individual threads for reporting your experiences cooking from the Homesick Texan. In the meantime, you can use this announcement thread for general discussion about the book.

If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the voting thread is here:
and the nomination thread is here:

If you've never participated in the Cookbook of the Month discussion, we hope you'll give us a try in June. We have a lot of fun, and we learn from each other's experiences. The basics of COTM, and the archive of past books, can be found here:

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  1. herby RE: L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 06:05 PM

    Great job, LN, and you had dealt very well with the difficult months that all of yours seems to be so far! Not an exciting month for me but I am grateful to discover Skye Gyngell; I bought her "A Year in my Kitchen" book on Abe's and hope to cook some during the next month. I will be spending next month in NY bouncing between the Lake House and my daughters' apartments on the Upper West Side in the city. I am taking a box of cookbooks with me and will be happily cooking for the family some T&T and some new and unknown dishes. I am planning to try a few of Skye's recipes and will be checking the current COTM threads for some Texan excitement:)

    1. The Dairy Queen RE: L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 06:44 PM

      YAY! I've been hoping for an excuse to buy this book, despite my recent track record of not cooking. The Good Cook is having a bundle sale right now (but not free shipping, alas) and THT is one of the books available.

      Thanks L. Nightshade!


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        bayoucook RE: The Dairy Queen May 19, 2012 04:39 AM

        I have loved cooking from that book, hope I can participate this month!

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          maplesugar RE: The Dairy Queen May 30, 2012 07:56 AM

          I'm late to the party (as usual)--been working more and in the kitchen less. I too have been looking for an excuse to buy The Homesick Texan. June promises to be even busier than May but I look forward to participating when I can.

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            The Dairy Queen RE: maplesugar May 30, 2012 08:00 AM

            I'm in your same boat. My copy of the book has arrived and I really hope to be able to cook from it. Lots of appealing recipes...


        2. Breadcrumbs RE: L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 07:50 PM

          Huge thanks LN! I bought A Year In My Kitchen today jic! I''m super-excited about the month ahead. I didn't think we'd get to this book so soon and I'm delighted we did. There are so many delicious-looking recipes in the book and the fact that they're also online is a bonus. I hope we have a lot of cooks in our kitchen in June.

          1. Goblin RE: L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 08:15 PM

            My goodness, I didn't expect the book I voted for early on (The Homesick Texan) to end up winning the votes--I'm excited at the thought of cooking from a book about an authentic American cuisine (well, you know what I mean.) Good job, L.Nightshade, for once again guiding us expertly through the process.

            1. blue room RE: L.Nightshade May 18, 2012 08:30 PM

              Dr. Pepper Peanut Brittle, anyone? This one looks like fun..!
              Thanks very much, L.Nightshade.


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                tvchick RE: L.Nightshade May 19, 2012 06:56 AM

                Good timing! I made the Tex-Mex Squash Casserole last night--it's a family favorite.

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                  dkennedy RE: tvchick May 19, 2012 09:36 AM

                  See, this is what is so fantastic about COTM club. I would have never in a million years chosen to make the Tex Mex Squash Casserole. But after your post, I looked at it with new eyes and I am intrigued - a family favorite? I look forward to being persuaded.

                  By the by, I posted a bunch of notes on EYB about the dishes I have tried out of this book. When the thread goes up, I will cut and paste my notes into the various categories - but I may not get to doing this until mid month because of my trip. Enjoy Homesick Texan without me until I return!!!! I can't believe it won on a month I'll only be able to participate 1/2 the time. Ironic.

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                    L.Nightshade RE: dkennedy May 19, 2012 09:55 AM

                    Great that you posted your notes on EYB, dk! I always look for names I recognize from COTM in the EYB notes.

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                      dkennedy RE: L.Nightshade May 19, 2012 10:02 AM

                      Me too.

                2. LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade May 20, 2012 06:11 AM

                  Guess I'll get to read all the reports and find out in advance what works and what doesn't. Might not be as fun as playing along, but it should be pretty darned helpful. I'm looking forward to finding out how things turn out for everyone.

                  1. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade May 20, 2012 08:40 AM

                    I wasn't going to participate this month but I looked at recipes on the blog-
                    I plan to make all the pickles and preserves bcz .that is what I at present enjoy preparing.
                    I bought beautiful green tomatoes with a hit of red blush
                    I need to purchase jalapenos but everything else I have on hand.

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                      jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 May 20, 2012 08:47 AM

                      btw I also found www.half.com to have the best prices for the book
                      www.ebay.com already had 3 bids on their book

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                        jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 May 25, 2012 07:14 AM

                        my copy of book arrived this am.

                        very happy with the recipes

                      2. auburnselkie RE: L.Nightshade May 21, 2012 10:48 AM

                        I just ordered mine! This will be the first COTM I've participated in, and I am very excited. I've read her blog every so often for awhile now, and I have to admit it, I do love this type of comfort food. We'll see if my jeans still love me after a month of "The Homesick Texan"!

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                          Breadcrumbs RE: auburnselkie May 21, 2012 12:22 PM

                          Welcome aubrnselkie, glad to have you join us in June, it should be a fun month!!

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                          discombobulated RE: L.Nightshade May 22, 2012 02:05 PM

                          Hooray! My boyfriend's sister has this book and I've been eyeing it jealously ever since she got it for Christmas. I'll have to find a copy.

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                            Breadcrumbs RE: discombobulated May 22, 2012 05:27 PM

                            Happy to have you cooking with us discombobulated! FYI, someone mentioned that many of the recipes are available on the author's blog.

                          2. Disneyfreak RE: L.Nightshade May 23, 2012 12:47 PM

                            I actually have this cookbook. I haven't made anything from it yet, but this might just get me to crack it opened.

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                              shallots RE: L.Nightshade May 27, 2012 09:33 AM

                              I bought the book when it first came out in gratitude for her sharing Ninfa's green sauce recipe which I had craved in the most serious way since I left Houston. So far four other recipes have met long smouldering food wishes.
                              I'm so glad I'll be able to participate this coming month.

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                                Rella RE: shallots May 27, 2012 01:40 PM

                                Loving this type of food, but some things I don't cook, but will eat at restaurants when I encounter it: corn, potatoes, flour. But: I did find a couple of recipes; one being a carrot recipe that I'm ready to make.

                                I recall my first encounter with Mexican-type food in 1964; the first item (for free on every table) was pickled carrots. Memories of that first have kept me comparing all similar carrots in some sort of pickle/brine since.

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                                LauraGrace RE: L.Nightshade May 27, 2012 07:15 PM

                                YAY! I've just hold-requested it from the library. So excited -- I adore her website and have made a number of total slam-dunk successes using her recipes.

                                1. luckyfatima RE: L.Nightshade May 28, 2012 08:32 PM

                                  As a homesick Texan myself, I hope to join in on this one.

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                                    Rella RE: luckyfatima May 29, 2012 07:43 AM

                                    I lived in Texas for a year or so in 1954-1955, I'm still homesick for Texas.

                                    "Gary P. Nunn - Home with the Armadillo." (London Homesick Blues) "What I like about Texas" has been for decades the lead-in song for "Austin City Limits" Love it still.

                                    Food: great and most of all: great people, too.

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