You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach.
From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans, to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, yuppie potato salad, and Coca-Cola cake, to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of charcoal-grilled oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits n’ greens casserole, and Meyer lemon bar trifle, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree coastal state of mind all year long.
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12 Things About Mary Kay Andrews
1. My first successful dish was cinnamon toast—made by me when I was home sick from school in second grade. Still love me some cinnamon toast. The brownies made from Hershey’s syrup and flour were not quite as big a success.
2. I have no sense of direction and literally get lost looking for my hotel room. Every. Time. Thank Gawd for my phone’s GPS.
3. I’m the only person I know who didn’t get her driver’s license the minute she turned sixteen. Taking driver’s ed made me terrified to drive! So I didn’t get my license until my parents forced me to, the summer I turned twenty.
4. I married my high school sweetheart, Tom. Forty years later, we’re still bickering over who gets the remote control.
5. The secret reason I have two beach houses? Hoarding tendencies. With the exception of new appliances and new mattresses, I was able to completely furnish both houses with estate sale, Craigslist, and junk store finds.
6. Both our Tybee Island beach houses, Breeze Inn and Ebbtide, are named after the fictional beach houses in my novels. The Breeze Inn was the name of a rundown motel in SAVANNAH BREEZE, and Ebbtide was the name of an oceanfront Nags Head house in SUMMER RENTAL. P.S. Both houses are vacation rentals, so you can stay there too.
7. Food phobias: Lima beans, liver, canned peas, Easter peeps.
8. My husband and son are rabid fishermen, but I have a deep-seated aversion to fish. See #9.
9. If I have a super power, it’s my sense of smell.
10. Math is my kryptonite. I couldn’t balance a checkbook if my life depended on it.
11. My husband thinks he’s a better cook than me. He might not be wrong.
12. Hate to fry. Love to bake.
MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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