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  January 18, 2018

    Bite size crab cakes…

  • southerncooker  on  January 18, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones.

  • heyjude  on  January 18, 2018

    Pizza Monkey Bread

  • lauriesk  on  January 18, 2018

    I would try the world's best waffles.

  • mpdeb98  on  January 18, 2018

    Apple and cheese Danish

  • eileen2015  on  January 18, 2018

    Pizza monkey bread

  • lgroom  on  January 18, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones

  • RNJessicaK  on  January 18, 2018

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

  • Amdona  on  January 18, 2018

    A glorious cheese board

  • JJWong  on  January 18, 2018

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

  • bettinab  on  January 18, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones

  • NancyLynn  on  January 18, 2018

    Date nut bundt cake

  • EmilyR  on  January 19, 2018

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

  • kmn4  on  January 19, 2018

    Coffee-glazed date-nut bundt cakes

  • HeatherLynn  on  January 19, 2018

    The Apple and cheese Danish sounds so good!!

  • lpatterson412  on  January 19, 2018

    Summer peach hand pies!

  • robynsanyal  on  January 19, 2018

    Lemon and olive baked halibut

  • Joy001  on  January 19, 2018

    Blackberry Cream Scones – yum!

  • Scotsman61  on  January 20, 2018

    Raspberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

  • Nancydevito  on  January 20, 2018

    Espresso candied bacon

  • ktwalla  on  January 20, 2018

    Chutney Deviled Eggs

  • FireRunner2379  on  January 20, 2018

    The Espresso candied bacon sounds like something I would love!

  • annieski  on  January 21, 2018

    Lemon and olive baked halibut

  • sgump  on  January 21, 2018

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

  • LaurenE  on  January 21, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones

  • bstewart  on  January 21, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones!

  • littleminxgirl  on  January 21, 2018

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

  • smartie101  on  January 21, 2018

    Date Nut Bundt Cake

  • rchesser  on  January 21, 2018

    The Apple and Cheese Danish

  • sarahawker  on  January 22, 2018

    Mascarpone and raspberry-stuffed French toast

  • Rosesrpink50  on  January 23, 2018

    The Shortcut Paella!

  • matag  on  January 23, 2018

    Winter corn chowder

  • Chef_Jen  on  January 23, 2018

    Pizza monkey bread sounds fun

  • Dannausc  on  January 24, 2018

    spicy baked avocado eggs

  • jmay42066  on  January 25, 2018

    Bite size crab cakes

  • Julia  on  January 25, 2018

    Lemon and olive baked halibut.

  • CindyLou14  on  January 25, 2018

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

  • shines5  on  January 26, 2018

    Best Pancakes Ever

  • infotrop  on  January 26, 2018

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

  • JaneC  on  January 26, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones

  • tararr  on  January 27, 2018

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • ravensfan  on  January 27, 2018

    Blackberry cream scones

  • Jenamarie  on  January 27, 2018

    Falafel patties with tahini-maple dipping sauce

  • Karla123  on  January 28, 2018

    Roasted squash and ginger soup…sounds simply delicious!

  • Nancith  on  January 29, 2018

    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  January 30, 2018

    Blueberry maple pecan overnight oats

  • linmin  on  January 30, 2018

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • thewife1992  on  January 31, 2018

    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  February 1, 2018

    Pizza monkey bread

  • intrepid9923  on  February 2, 2018

    Blackberry Cream Scones sound delicious!

  • cowlady  on  February 2, 2018

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

  • Jostlori  on  February 2, 2018

    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  February 3, 2018

    candied bacon

  • BMeyer  on  February 3, 2018

    lemon glazed blueberry donuts and candied bacon

  • t.t  on  February 3, 2018

    Epic sheet pan nachos

  • TheCookbookCook  on  February 4, 2018

    BlackBerry cream scones

  • bookguru  on  February 4, 2018

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

  • RickPearson54  on  February 5, 2018

    Candied bacon

  • Bayview68  on  February 7, 2018

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

  • cindymisho  on  February 8, 2018

    bbq beef sliders

  • choppergirl  on  February 11, 2018

    Spinach and cheese strata

  • ladybrooke  on  February 11, 2018

    Ohhh, apple pie muffins sound terrific.

  • JenJoLa  on  February 17, 2018

    Falafel patties with tahini-maple dipping sauce

  • Emlale  on  February 18, 2018

    Hand tarts or the pizza monkey bread

  • Siegal  on  February 18, 2018

    I want to mke winter corn chowder

  • KarenDel  on  February 18, 2018

    I would make Apple and cheese Danish

  • orchidlady01  on  February 18, 2018

    Roast chicken, tomato, and mozzarella panzanella

  • pcaradonna  on  February 18, 2018

    Winter Corn Chowder

  • jigglesfrog  on  February 20, 2018

    apple pie muffins

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