Cook the Book: Cowgirl Cuisine

cover-cowgirlcuisine.jpgTrust me: you mom has a wild side. It may not be as extreme as what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas, but she has definitely fantasized about trading in her prim office heels for a pair of beaten-up cowboy boots, and her calming mug of herbal tea for a killer watermelon margarita.

That's just what chef and food writer Paula Disbrowe did when she left the skyscrapers of New York City for the wide open plains of rural Texas. In Cowgirl Cuisine, this week's Cook the Book selection, Paula presents a collection of big-hearted, bold recipes, from breakfasts, soups and salads, to burgers, barbecue, and seductive desserts. All the dishes are composed of healthful ingredients such as whole grains and fresh local produce, but this is not a diet cookbook. Cowgirls don't have time to count calories.

'Win Cowgirl Cuisine' We'll be excerpting a recipe from Cowgirl Cuisine everyday this week that's perfect for preparing for your mom, so on Sunday you can surprise her with brunch in bed, or better yet, a decadent, whiskey-spiked chocolate cake. In addition, you can enter to win her one of five copies of the book. Just tell us in the comments section below: what is the most memorable meal your mother has ever prepared for you?