Launching a cookbook during the holidays was so much fun and so much work! The entire process of writing, designing, creating recipes, figuring out how to sell a product, etc has been such a rewarding and learning process. Writing a cookbook has been a huge dream of mine for years and I still can’t believe I did it. If you’ve already purchased my first ever cookbook, “Texas Favorites” – THANK YOU!
If you haven’t purchased yet, they’re in stock and you can buy one HERE. I sold out of my first shipment within a few weeks but have more that are ready to go home to you!
I have lots of cookbook ideas for the future but knew I wanted to start with a Texas themed one. These are the recipes that I started with as a new wife, the recipes that take me home when I’m aching for Texas, and the recipes that are very much “tried and true” because I’ve made them countless times. The recipes in this cookbook are truly my “Texas Favorites” and I’m so happy they are out for the you to enjoy too!
A Peek Inside My Cookbook!’
Let’s talk about some of my favorite new recipes from my Texas Favorites Cookbook! Most of the recipes included are brand new and exclusive to my book. I worked hard on them all summer getting new pictures and/or creating recipes that have been floating in my brain forever. We had a very delicious few months!
Shrimp Brochette Bites are a super simple appetizer with an explosion of flavor. They are inspired by the dish, Shrimp Brochette, from my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in Texas called Pappasitos. They stuff jumbo shrimp with bacon, cheese, and jalapenos then skewer it for the grill. Mine are similar but easier and my son said this was his number one favorite recipe in my whole cookbook!
This Curry Chicken Pot Pie is on regular rotation at my house and is one I’ve been making for 10+ years. Once I made the easy from-scratch sauce, I never made another version. A few years ago, I added curry powder to the sauce for a change and it was so good that I can’t make it without now.
I have been wanting to create my own Charro Beans recipes for the longest time and this cookbook was the perfect opportunity. You will always see these on the menu at legit Tex-Mex restaurants! It’s basically a super flavorful bean soup with bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes and more. It can be served as its own meal with tortillas or as a side with enchiladas, tacos, etc.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew isn’t necessarily Texan but for me it is because my mom made it often and I loved it. The addition of red wine in this version takes it up a level but also has some easy shortcuts like using a beef stew ready-made seasoning packet.
Some recipes that you’ll find in my Texas Favorites cookbook are familiar ones from my blog like King Ranch Chicken. This is the quintessential Tex Mex casserole so it couldn’t be left out of my cookbook! It’s nice having some of my blog recipes in print which you’ll continue to see in future cookbooks.
Favorite Dessert from Texas Favorites Cookbook
My favorite dessert from “Texas Favorites” needs its own section because this Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding steals the show. I had been dreaming of making this for months and when I finally got into the kitchen to create, the results were kind of amazing. It’s simple but incredible and takes me home to Texas!
Where to Purchase
You can purchase the hardcover signed copy of my Texas Favorites cookbook right here on the blog! The shop link is: https://charlotteshares.blog/shop/ and shipping in the United States is currently FREE as a special that I’m running. Your support means the world and I love seeing purchasers sharing pictures of the recipes they have made! If I could cook for everyone I could, so sharing recipes with you is my way of doing that. Every recipe in my Texas Favorites cookbook comes from my heart!