Here is one of our favorites, Brown Sugar by Libbie Summers. We love Summers' books. Sweet & Vicious is a go to baking book and we don't know why we never wrote about The Whole Hog Cookbook. (It is a common problem here, we become convinced that we have written about cookbooks that we haven't. We are working to rectify that oversight.)
Short Stack Editions are small, hand sewn cook booklets printed on electric-colored paper. Brown Sugar has internal pages of shocking pink! It is well balanced in terms of recipes, as most people think of brown sugar as a cookie ingredient, Summers offers up appetizers, vegetables, salads, main dishes and a dessert or two featuring that muddy sugar stuck in the back of the pantry.
Drag that bag out front! Better still, by a new bag if it was tucked way, way back in the corner. Yes, there are caramelized potatoes, brined salmon, and even cookies, but there is also a really cool drink or two. Our favorite has a bit of alcohol in it.
The James Brown Sugar
1 1/4 ounce bourbon
3/4 ounce Cointreau
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Juice of 1 orange (about 2 ounces)
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 ounce)
Dash Angostura bitters
Dash blood orange bitters
1 orange twist
Fill a pint-sized canning jar with ice and add all the ingredients except the orange twist. Screw on the lid and shake well. Remove the lid and twist the orange peel over a glass and drop into the drink. Add a straw and serve.
Rumor has it, the drink was christened by another name, but after a party-goer had a few and a few more, he began working the event as a business venture. The cocktail was renamed for the hardest working man in show biz! Actually, a fitting cocktail for the hardest working Libbie Summers.
Looking for a quick gift, look no further that a Short Stack Edition.