Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends

Most of us know Patricia Heaton, the actress, from her hit shows, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, as well as other tv and movie roles. It was in October 2015 when Patricia Heaton Parties aired on the Food Network that we learned the busy mother of four also has a passion for cooking and entertaining. 

On February 6th, Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life hits the bookstores. Jennifer Perillo, author of Homemade with Love, helped to develop the recipes here and her presence is felt within its pages. 

The actress's humor sets the tone in the opening pages and I totally respect that she doesn't take herself too seriously - these are recipes for a "busy happy life" after all. That statement doesn't mean these dishes are in any way lacking. Quite the opposite, the dishes in this book are impressive, for example Winter corn chowder and Rosemary oyster crackers, Lemon-glazed blueberry doughnuts, and Lemon and olive baked halibut are just a few standouts. With Apple pie muffins for breakfast to DIY Cracker Jack, to take out favorites that include General Tso's Shrimp and Cold sesame noodles with cucumber, there is something here for everyone. And if you watched the cooking show, you know Patricia loves a cocktail and we have a whole chapter devoted to liquid libation.

This collection of dishes is fun and approachable and the variety and scope impress me. This book is a keeper. Special thanks to the publisher William Morrow for sharing this quick and easy, yet beautiful, icebox cake with us today and for providing ten copies of this title in our contest below. 


Raspberry-Lemon Icebox Cake
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I love gingersnaps. We happily ate them growing up, but Mom never thought to use them in a recipe! This is a pretty, light, and fun dessert, perfect for a summer brunch or ladies' lunch. Makes 8 servings

  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ pint fresh raspberries
  • 24 packaged gingersnaps

1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar with the lemon juice and zest. Beat until creamy and well blended. Add the raspberries and use a rubber spatula to smash and stir them into the cream cheese mixture. Gently fold in the whipped cream.

3. Line a 9 × 3-inch loaf pan with a sheet of parchment paper long enough to hang over the sides (this will act as a sling to lift out the cake when it's ready to serve).

4. Arrange 8 gingersnaps in a single layer in the bottom of the pan. Spread one third of the filling over the cookies. Repeat this process twice with the remaining cookies and cream, making three layers in all.

5. Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours, and preferably overnight. When ready to serve, lift the cake out of the pan and cut into slices.

Excerpted from Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends ©2018 William Morrow Books. Photography by Ed Anderson. 


The publisher is offering TEN copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  1/18/2018 at 6:55 PM

    Bite size crab cakes...

  • southerncooker  on  1/18/2018 at 7:02 PM

    Blackberry cream scones.

  • heyjude  on  1/18/2018 at 7:09 PM

    Pizza Monkey Bread

  • lauriesk  on  1/18/2018 at 7:14 PM

    I would try the world's best waffles.

  • mpdeb98  on  1/18/2018 at 7:48 PM

    Apple and cheese Danish

  • eileen2015  on  1/18/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Pizza monkey bread

  • lgroom  on  1/18/2018 at 8:07 PM

    Blackberry cream scones

  • RNJessicaK  on  1/18/2018 at 9:04 PM

    Bourbon Pecan-Glazed Pound Cake!! I LOVE Bourbon!!

  • Amdona  on  1/18/2018 at 9:18 PM

    A glorious cheese board

  • JJWong  on  1/18/2018 at 10:01 PM

    I would like to make the World's best waffles! The other breakfast items also sound delicious.

  • bettinab  on  1/18/2018 at 10:33 PM

    Blackberry cream scones

  • NancyLynn  on  1/18/2018 at 11:01 PM

    Date nut bundt cake

  • EmilyR  on  1/19/2018 at 12:15 AM

    Roast chicken, tomato, and mozzarella panzanella and Rosemary lemonade.

  • kmn4  on  1/19/2018 at 9:25 AM

    Coffee-glazed date-nut bundt cakes

  • HeatherLynn  on  1/19/2018 at 10:05 AM

    The Apple and cheese Danish sounds so good!!

  • lpatterson412  on  1/19/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Summer peach hand pies!

  • robynsanyal  on  1/19/2018 at 2:45 PM

    Lemon and olive baked halibut

  • Joy001  on  1/19/2018 at 3:47 PM

    Blackberry Cream Scones - yum!

  • Scotsman61  on  1/20/2018 at 12:00 AM

    Raspberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

  • Nancydevito  on  1/20/2018 at 8:30 AM

    Espresso candied bacon

  • ktwalla  on  1/20/2018 at 10:58 AM

    Chutney Deviled Eggs

  • FireRunner2379  on  1/20/2018 at 4:04 PM

    The Espresso candied bacon sounds like something I would love!

  • annieski  on  1/21/2018 at 5:57 AM

    Lemon and olive baked halibut

  • sgump  on  1/21/2018 at 1:51 PM

    The roasted squash and ginger soup sounds lovely for this time of year. (Ten giveaway copies is most generous--thanks, William Morrow!)

  • LaurenE  on  1/21/2018 at 2:08 PM

    Blackberry cream scones

  • bstewart  on  1/21/2018 at 4:34 PM

    Blackberry cream scones!

  • littleminxgirl  on  1/21/2018 at 7:28 PM

    My sister loves her show. I know she wants to try the waffles and the monkey bread

  • smartie101  on  1/21/2018 at 9:38 PM

    Date Nut Bundt Cake

  • rchesser  on  1/21/2018 at 9:50 PM

    The Apple and Cheese Danish

  • sarahawker  on  1/22/2018 at 8:48 AM

    Mascarpone and raspberry-stuffed French toast

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/23/2018 at 6:39 PM

    The Shortcut Paella!

  • matag  on  1/23/2018 at 6:51 PM

    Winter corn chowder

  • Chef_Jen  on  1/23/2018 at 9:47 PM

    Pizza monkey bread sounds fun

  • Dannausc  on  1/24/2018 at 5:30 PM

    spicy baked avocado eggs

  • jmay42066  on  1/25/2018 at 9:45 PM

    Bite size crab cakes

  • Julia  on  1/25/2018 at 10:55 PM

    Lemon and olive baked halibut.

  • CindyLou14  on  1/25/2018 at 11:32 PM

    Blackberry Cream Scones with Espresso Candied Bacon!! Yum! Love Patricia Heaton! Her recipes are exquisite & exactly the way I cook & bake!

  • shines5  on  1/26/2018 at 9:25 AM

    Best Pancakes Ever

  • infotrop  on  1/26/2018 at 10:52 AM

    Chocolate streusel pumpkin mini-muffins. who could resist those?

  • JaneC  on  1/26/2018 at 7:24 PM

    Blackberry cream scones

  • tararr  on  1/27/2018 at 9:32 AM

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • ravensfan  on  1/27/2018 at 9:04 PM

    Blackberry cream scones

  • Jenamarie  on  1/27/2018 at 10:07 PM

    Falafel patties with tahini-maple dipping sauce

  • Karla123  on  1/28/2018 at 2:44 PM

    Roasted squash and ginger soup...sounds simply delicious!

  • Nancith  on  1/29/2018 at 8:09 PM

    I love The Middle--& I almost hate to say it, but Cherry Cola Sheet Cake sounds like a fun recipe for a summer gathering, & one I would make.

  • lebarron2001  on  1/30/2018 at 2:17 PM

    Blueberry maple pecan overnight oats

  • linmin  on  1/30/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • thewife1992  on  1/31/2018 at 7:16 PM

    A glorious cheese board (page 79) from Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life by Patricia Heaton

  • Shelley.b  on  2/1/2018 at 7:37 PM

    Pizza monkey bread

  • intrepid9923  on  2/2/2018 at 5:33 PM

    Blackberry Cream Scones sound delicious!

  • cowlady  on  2/2/2018 at 8:07 PM

    World's best Waffles is the first thing I would try!

  • Jostlori  on  2/2/2018 at 9:27 PM

    I would make the Elderflower and Blackberry Spritz, while I perused the rest of the book to see what's for dinner tomorrow...

  • literarymom  on  2/3/2018 at 12:56 AM

    candied bacon

  • BMeyer  on  2/3/2018 at 11:58 AM

    lemon glazed blueberry donuts and candied bacon

  • t.t  on  2/3/2018 at 11:43 PM

    Epic sheet pan nachos

  • TheCookbookCook  on  2/4/2018 at 11:02 AM

    BlackBerry cream scones

  • bookguru  on  2/4/2018 at 11:11 AM

    I would make the Winter Corn Chowder and probably the Rosemary Oyster Crackers to go with it.

  • RickPearson54  on  2/5/2018 at 9:17 AM

    Candied bacon

  • Bayview68  on  2/7/2018 at 7:49 AM

    Bite-size crab cakes with lemon aioli - being a Maryland girl - these sound wonderful!

  • cindymisho  on  2/8/2018 at 5:22 PM

    bbq beef sliders

  • choppergirl  on  2/11/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Spinach and cheese strata

  • ladybrooke  on  2/11/2018 at 1:44 PM

    Ohhh, apple pie muffins sound terrific.

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 3:17 PM

    Falafel patties with tahini-maple dipping sauce

  • Emlale  on  2/18/2018 at 9:25 AM

    Hand tarts or the pizza monkey bread

  • Siegal  on  2/18/2018 at 10:06 AM

    I want to mke winter corn chowder

  • KarenDel  on  2/18/2018 at 12:03 PM

    I would make Apple and cheese Danish

  • orchidlady01  on  2/18/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Roast chicken, tomato, and mozzarella panzanella

  • pcaradonna  on  2/18/2018 at 11:37 PM

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • jigglesfrog  on  2/20/2018 at 5:54 PM

    apple pie muffins

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