Rarely do we associate Gettysburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania in the same thought-process or conversation because of their distinct historical and cultural meanings. These places are both in southern Pennsylvania, however, and, as Settings: a Cookbook demonstrates, both locations share a commonality in their fine, fun, earthy cuisine.
Author Julie Sullivan’s adoration for her native region, its people, and the culinary culture is evident throughout Settings. Next to fabulous recipes such as Simple Roasted Red Beets with Blue Cheese and Chives and Lemonade with Berry Mint Ice, she shares stories about obtaining fresh local foods, sharing them with friends, attending local events, and savoring life in southern Pennsylvania.
Sullivan owns a destination management and special events company, and she shares invaluable information and tips for entertaining, throwing unforgettable parties, and being a gracious host. She even incorporates advice from fellow entertaining and culinary professionals. A noteworthy section, “White Plates and Wine Glasses Tasting Menu” pairs courses from an evening’s dinner with Pennsylvania wines and international wines.
Settings also honors the history of Hershey’s chocolate with a “Hotel Hershey Wine and Chocolate Pairing.” Calling for a bottle each of pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot, ice wine, and Banfi Brachetto d’Aqui, as well as four different kinds of chocolate, this is the ultimate wine and chocolate pairing test for a unique party. Sullivan recommends guests are either within walking distance of home or have a designated driver.
Whether you’re from Pennsylvania, have visited, or are searching for a valuable home entertaining and cooking resource, Settings is a warm approach to cooking delicious fresh food and throwing great parties in a modernly relaxed manner.
Settings: a Cookbook (ISBN 978-0-9819476-0-3; $23.95) is available by calling 717-232-4100, or online at The Cookbook Marketplace: www.cookbookmarketplace.com. The Cookbook Marketplace is the distribution division of Favorite Recipes Press.
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