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Author Archive | Denise Gee

Blackberry Smash

 

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From PORCH PARTIES by Denise Gee

Serves 2

With its deep ruby hue, this standout drink is a beautiful marriage of seasonal blackberries and fresh mint. Dallas cookbook author Denise Gee calls it the “perfect porch-crowd pleaser.”

10 fresh mint leaves
16 fresh East Texas blackberries
½ cup rye whiskey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons simple syrup (see recipe)
½ cup ginger ale, plus more for topping off
Garnish: skewers of fresh blackberries

Muddle the mint and blackberries in a cocktail shaker.…

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Beer-Battered String Beans with Righteous Rémoulade Sauce

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From SOUTHERN COCKTAILS by Denise Gee

Serves 4-6

The feather-light beer batter gives the mild-mannered green beans more definition, while letting their color peek through. The Rémoulade Sauce ramps up the flavor and balances cool with hot.

1 pound green beans
1 cup local beer (not dark)
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups vegetable oil
2 limes, cut into wedges, for serving

Clip off and discard the stalk ends of the green beans; set aside.…

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Minty Melon Pops

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By Denise Gee from Sweet on Texas

Whenever you have melon, you rarely have just a little. You have lots of it. This is a great way to use that leftover melon. Think of it as agua fresca on a stick.…

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Very Berry Trifle in a Jar

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By Denise Gee from Sweet on Texas

Glass canning jars are perfect vessels for showcasing layered salads and desserts. These are so much fun to serve at picnics. Use any mix of fruit you’d like. And, if time’s short, use a ready-made pound cake.…

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

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BY DENISE GEE FROM SWEET ON TEXAS: LOVABLE

CONFECTIONS FROM THE LONE STAR STATE

At best, these are powdered baked clouds that melt marvelously on the tongue. At worst they’re—well, OK, so they’re never at their worst. I’m more Tex-Mex than Mex-Mex when it comes to making these, opting more for the “Mexican wedding cookie” look (frosted) rather than what my friends of Mexican descent simply refer to as pan de polvo, or polvorones, adding a bit of anise and eschewing that follow-up roll in powdered sugar (which I like to do twice).…

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Strong Coffee Custard

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From SWEET ON TEXAS: LOVEABLE CONFECTIONS
FROM THE LONE STAR STATE
by Denise Gee

Serves 6

Denise Gee writes that some of her favorite coffee and conversation have been enjoyed at the family run Good Luck Café in El Paso.

“You know how cowboys tell when a big pot of coffee’s ready, dontcha?” a fellow café diner once asked her.…

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