Chowgirls Killer Party Food:
Righteous Bites & Cocktails For Every Season
A Cookbook by Heidi Andermack and Amy Lynn Brown
Arsenal Pulp Press
October 4, 2016
A stylish cookbook of delicious appetizers and small plates for home entertaining by the proprietors of Chowgirls Killer Catering.
“I’ve known the Chowgirls since they opened their doors years ago. In that time they have become the go-to catering experts for creating approachable, simple scratch cooking all tied up with a beautiful bow. Hey, it’s a party, after all! Now everyone can be a Chowgirl with the big flavors and superb food detailed in this amazing book.” — Andrew Zimmern, chef, food writer, and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods
“Just reading the recipe list is enough to make you want to throw a party—or at least give the book to a good friend so they invite you to theirs!” — Ari Weinzweig, co-founding partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
With an eye for style and appreciation for seasonal ingredients, the proprietors of Chowgirls Killer Catering, one of the Midwest's leading catering companies, share their inspired ideas for delicious appetizers, small plates, and cocktails that are perfect for home entertaining. Amy Lynn Brown and Heidi Andermack were early adopters of the local, organic, sustainable, and seasonal approach to cooking; their ethos is clearly reflected in this cookbook, which offers fun, elegant, and yet easy-to-prepare recipes arranged by season that will be the hit of your next social gathering.
For your party to welcome spring, impress your guests with Spring Pea Toasts with Gouda, Mint-Crusted Lamb Chops, and Wasabi Crab Cakes. For that backyard summer fest, try Flank Steak Skewers with Chimichurri, Sweet Corn Risotto with Grilled Shrimp, and Gazpacho Jars. On that chilly fall gathering, offer the Grilled Sirloin with Farro Tomato Salad, Bacon-Pecan Tartlets, and Roasted Fall Vegetables with Saffron Aioli. And for that festive winter blow-out, make the Italian Beef Sliders, Crab & Green Chile Gratin, and Artichoke Tapenade. Then to wash it all down, make sure there's plenty of Mint Julep Sweet Tea, White Sangria, and Strawberry Basil Daiquiris!
Andermack and Brown's shared passion for cooking and entertaining shines throughout this beautiful and inspiring cookbook. Their "righteous bites" will impress your guests with dazzling, organic, locally sourced recipes that show you care. Party on!
Michigan-born Heidi Andermack and Kentucky-born Amy Lynn Brown co-founded Chowgirls Killer Catering in 2004. They both live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their respective families. Heidi Andermack co-founded Chowgirls Killer Catering in 2004. She is a passionate member of her community in Minneapolis, helping establish the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and serving on the board of the local farmers market. She is mom to Maximillian and wife to world-renowned font designer Chank Diesel. Amy Lynn Brown was born and raised in Kentucky but ended up in Minneapolis, where she married an old college friend. After a 15-year career in bookselling and publishing, she co-created Chowgirls Killer Catering in 2004. She stays busy distance running, gardening, and raising her three daughters Frances, Louise, and Julip.
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The Annie Year
A Novel by Stephanie Wilbur Ash
October 11, 2016
Tandy Caide, small town CPA, leaves her husband eating a Subway sandwich in a hot tub and embarks on a year of self-discovery.
“Stephanie Ash has the voice. Ash's story is to the Midwest like what Larry McMurtry does with Texas and Carolyn Chute with rural Maine.” — David Unowsky, Subtext Books
“Tandy’s voice is intriguingly and deceptively complex, leading readers to glimpse the longing beneath her professional veneer. Simultaneously a character study and an exploration about the personal costs of living in a dwindling farming town increasingly marred by meth abuse, Tandy’s story finally offers bittersweet, hard-won hope.” — Publishers Weekly
“I loved reading The Annie Year much the same way I love reading Judy Blume, James Cain, Tom Drury, and John Irving, other writers with the gift of being able to get us inside a character's motivation. Ash has created a flawed character, not without judgment, yet we stick with her and root for her, as we should for ourselves." — Steve Salardino, Skylight Books
Tall, trusted Tandy Caide, CPA, is a long-time patron of the arts in her town, which is why you will find her sitting in the front row of the high school’s annual musical production. This year is an Annie year—and it would be no different than other years were it not for the high school’s hiring of a new vocational agriculture (Vo-Ag) teacher. With his beguiling ponytail and decorative beaded belt, Kenny catches Tandy’s eye immediately. Ignoring the fact of her slovenly husband—who takes most of his meals in their hot tub—Tandy decides to entertain Kenny’s advances.
Trusted community pillar that she is, Tandy’s affair has instant repercussions. People are talking and her husband’s subsequent breakdown and check-in to a mental institution doesn’t help. At her regular meeting with the Order of the Pessimists—comprised of her deceased father’s disgruntled and drunken best friends—she is asked to step down as treasurer. Not only that, but her old lover is keeping a secret somehow connected to the Vo-Ag teacher. And meth labs—fueled by the abundance of fertilizer present in the region—keep blowing up. Somehow, it is all connected to Tandy’s ex-bestfriend’s daughter—the star of this year’s Annie. As Tandy pieces together the puzzle that has become her life, it becomes clear she must embark on a journey of self-discovery that might even include leaving town for good.
Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis and Mankato, MN, and is originally from rural Iowa. This is her first novel.
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Great Plains Indians
Discover the Great Plains Series, Volume One
Nonfiction by David Wishart
University of Nebraska Press
September 1, 2016
Historical geographer and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor David J. Wishart’s Great Plains Indians covers thirteen thousand years of fascinating, dynamic, and often tragic history.
“Excellent style—probably the most readable synthesis I have encountered. Masterful in its economy, without sounding trite.” — Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, author of Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory
“Essential reading for any westerner. Great Plains Indians is a magnificent encapsulation of a story we all need to know.”—Elizabeth Fenn, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
From a hunting and gathering lifestyle to first contact with Europeans to land dispossession to claims cases, and much more, Wishart takes a wide-angle look at one of the most significant groups of people in the country. Myriad internal and external forces have profoundly shaped Indian lives on the Great Plains.
Those forces—the environment, religion, tradition, guns, disease, government policy—have written their way into this history. Wishart spans the vastness of Indian time on the Great Plains, bringing the reader up to date on reservation conditions and rebounding populations in a sea of rural population decline.
Great Plains Indians is a compelling introduction to Indian life on the Great Plains from thirteen thousand years ago to the present.
David J. Wishart is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author or editor of many books, including Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Nebraska, 2004), and The Last Days of the Rainbelt (Nebraska, 2014).
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