The Social Cookbook
Mom's Tortilla Espanola by Brian SolisMy mother is from Madrid and she brings to the United States very traditional values around food and family. To choose one dish from an array of home-cooked Spanish favorites is almost possible…after all, everything is made with love right? However, not to let anyone reading this down, I would say that fond and lasting memories of my childhood are what they are because of Tortilla Espanola. Now, for those who know the majesty of true Spanish Toritilla, please skip ahead. For everyone else, let’s start with a very basic definition. Unlike the flat flour or corn tortillas we know so well, a Spanish Tortilla is closer to a fusion of an egg frittata and a potato pie. To me, Tortilla Espanola is the ultimate comfort food. Typically the tortilla measures between 8-to-12-inches around and is usually 1-2 inch thick with potatoes, eggs, onion, and sometimes with a very special Spanish Chorizo that was reserved for special occasions. Typing this is actually making me hungry… Of course the taste is as simple as it is majestic. It hits every taste bud just right. But for me, the most special and memorable experiences around Tortilla Espanola is my mother’s presentation and the smile she cast pridefully… she knew she would send us into gastronomical delight. Her smile was always contagious and the love that is always a critical ingredient in her recipe would spread to our stomachs and our hearts. With love to my mother. Thank you for the wonderful memories that unfolded around her cooking…then, now, and in the savory times ahead. You can follow Brian at @Briansolis on Twitter. His website is http://www.briansolis.com/.
Scottish Shortbread by Mari SmithThis is from my mom Christine. She says this is the closest recipe she's been able to find that is the closest to her "mum's recipe!" When I do my Xmas baking, this is the shortbread I make. I even have a round mold with a thistle!! Both my parents loved to bake and still do. My dad was a professional baker most of his life and my favorite was always shortbread! My sisters and I enjoyed dessert with dinner every day ... and I still have a sweet tooth but keep it in moderation these days! :) Cheers, Mari You can find Mari on twitter @MariSmith or on her website http://www.marismith.com/.
Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich by Liz StraussBelieve it or not, I first had this in a fancy restaurant. You can find Liz on twitter @lizstrauss or on her website at http://www.lizstrauss.com/.
Philly Cheese Steak Rolls by Lee OddenMy family loves these! You can find Lee on twittter @LeeOdden and at his website http://www.toprankblog.com/.
The Best Potato and Egg Salad Ever by Jason FallsThis recipe is best if you make one day before you eat - by far the best potato and egg salad you will every eat! You can find Jason on twitter @JasonFalls or on his website at http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com
Eggs ala Salsa by Stephanie MichaelsGoes great with tortillas in a burrito or with a slice toast. While this seems like a perfect breakfast recipe... I eat this for lunch and dinner all the time. You can find Stephanie on twitter @adventuregirl or on her website at http://www.adventuregirl.com.
Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes with Bananas by Sarah EvansHere is one of my favorite recipes my family loves. You can find out more about Sarah on twitter @prsarahevans or on her website http://sarahsfav.es/.
Poor Man's Shepherd's Pie by Chris BroganGrowing up, my folks didn't have a lot of money. They never let on that that was true. I never knew we weren't eating like kings. One of our favorite meals (well, mine at least) was Shepherd's Pie. This is a really easy way to do it. This recipe was very simple food that is hot, fulfilling, and satisfying. It let me feel okay. You can learn more about Chris on twitter @ChrisBrogan or on his website at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/.
Dirty Greek Eggs by Jason KeathYou can learn more about Jason on twitter @jasonkeath or on his website at http://socialfresh.com/.
Chicken Tortilla Soup by Amber NuslundThis is one of my fave recipes, and it's easy as all get out. Enjoy, and let me know if you need anything else! You can find out more abotu Amber on twitter @ambercadabra or on her website http://brasstackthinking.com/.
Kachumber Salad by Beth KanterYou can learn more about Beth on twitter @Kanter or on her website http://www.bethkanter.org/.
Sugar Cookies by Claire Diaz-OrtizYou can learn more about Claire on twitter @Claire or on her website http://clairediazortiz.com/.
Shira's Social Sangria by Shira LazarYou can find out more about Shira on twitter @ShiraLazar or on her website http://shiralazar.com/.
Simple Homemade Pickles by Amy NeumannTo learn more about Amy, visit twitter @CharityIdeas or on her website at http://amyneumann.com/.
Jackson Hole Shakshuka by Jeff PulverJackson Hole Shakshuka is the easiest Shakshuka to make. It uses the ingredients of the salsa to provide the flavor for the dish. To learn more about Jeff, visit twitter him at @jeffpulver or on his website at http://jeffpulver.com/.
Lasagna by Sean GardnerTo learn more about Sean, visit twitter @2morrowknight or on his website at http://www.2morrowknight.com/.
Popo Mikey's Famous Stuffing & Mom's Turkey & Gravy by David ArmanoWhen I was growing up, Thanksgiving meant dealing with horrific traffic from Long Island to Staten Island, getting together with family, watching Mighty Joe Young, the Dallas Cowboys and enjoying the best stuffing on earth compliments of my cousin's grandfather AKA "Popo" Mikey. Mikey was a cook in the Navy and passed this recipe on to our family. It's not for the lighthearted—it's practically a meal in itself. Vegetarians beware. And Mom's turkey and gravy was exceptional. If you're looking for a little holiday meal inspiration, this could be it. And feel free to share your own in the comments. To learn more about David Armano, visit him on twitter @armano or on his website http://darmano.typepad.com/logic_emotion/.
Mom's Calming Noodles & Cheese by Peter ShankmanTo learn more about Peter, visit him on twitter @petershankman or on the web at http://shankman.com/.
Soggy Saturday Wings by C.C. ChapmanTo learn more about CC Chapman, visit him on twitter at @cc_chapman or on his website at http://www.cc-chapman.com/.
Proceeds from "The Social Cookbook" support InvisiblePeople.tv -- the nationally-recognized nonprofit that fights poverty and homelessness using the power of social media. Our mission is to empower the homeless to get online, tell their stories and connect with support services.
The cookbook includes personal recipes from an all-star lineup of social media influencers, from Chris Brogan and Liz Strauss to Brian Solis and Beth Kanter.
In other words, it brings together some of the most visible people in social media to help some of the least visible people in our society. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who helped create "The Social Cookbook," as well as everyone who downloads it to help fight homelessness.