Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekend Cooking--Cowboy Caviar, Friday Friend Recipe #4

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to visit her site,  grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.

Also linking up with my favorite Louisiana friend, Michelle at Ms. enPlace and her Potluck Party.
Her great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

 Ms. enPlace

I have a homemade notebook, cookbook which includes recipes of my friends (The Friday Friends) and I making my way thru it, making every single recipe.
This is not a fancy cookbook, nor are the recipes fancy, but they are some that people make every day and eat on a regular basis.  Some are old family favorites, some are new finds, some are trendy, some are vintage, but they are one's my FF's love.

This recipe is for an appetizer, Cowboy Caviar, turned in by my sister-in-law, Meghan Stone.  Meghan has always LOVED to cook and entertain  (this is not true of all my Friday Friends---some turned in recipes under duress).
Meghan even has a small catering business, where she cooks and delivers meals to busy families:
Our concept is to provide families with delicious, homemade meals delivered to your doorstep. With sports, school projects and other activities, a lot of families find themselves grabbing food on the run. It is our goal to provide with you with healthier choices, while still paying about what you would for takeout. Most dishes can be reheated within 30 minutes, some even faster on your stove top.

It is called MaKeefe's and you can find it here.  (really, click on it and check it out.  I am so proud and envious of her!!  She's one of my favorite relatives ever!)  And her daughter?  My niece?  She loves to cook on her own, as seen here.

But first, before I give you the cowboy caviar,  I will show you the Friday Friend Cookbook,  compiled and edited by ME and typed and published by Barbara Brown.  (I crack myself up---but it really was compiled by me and typed up by Barb)

See?  Not fancy at all, just a little blue notebook binder.   But like I said above, filled with tried and true recipes from people I love.

Now, on to the Cowboy Caviar  (I think you can decipher the recipe from the photo, right?)
This is so, so, SO good.  It can truly be a meal.  We say it's an appetizer to eat with chips, but I've seen people just take a spoonful or two to eat like a salad.
My friend Robbie,  was just scooping it up on a cucumber the other night. She loved it and I  know you will too.  It is just so fresh and light and ----GOOD.
The black beans and avocado and corn!  Yummy!!

and now I present Friday Friend: Meghan  Stone (one of my FAV sis-in-laws) with her husband Mike.  (not sure why she has  a tiara on?  Her birthday maybe?)


Beth F said...

Loved the story that went with this recipe. And this looks like a super dish for anytime, but especially in the summer.

Tina said...

I love the name! This is one I want to try for sure. Wish I lived near you...except that cold weather.

bermudaonion said...

How wonderful that you put that cookbook together! My old neighbor used to make that caviar and it is delicious!

Michelle Meche said...

Debbie, I am just tickled to death over this post. First, I giggled--giggled I tell you--when I read that I'm your "favorite Louisiana friend." I laughed out loud that some of your Friday Friends gave recipes "under duress" because I can picture you "reminding" them. And the concept of your Friday Friends notebook and you cooking your way through it is so dang sweet.

Thank you for linking up this week. You know, I've never made Cowboy Caviar--have only had it out of a jar. Yikes! I would like this on chips, cucumbers, spoons, on top of grilled get the idea!

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