Picnic + Ice = Happy Day

Don’t forget one of the most important recipe ingredients for your picnic—ICE! Those cubes of frozen water will keep you healthy and happy. Make sure all bags of purchased ice are properly packaged and that the ice is clean, clear, odorless and tasteless. Pack your insulated cooler with several inches of ice so that food can remain refrigerator cold. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

The Hurricane Pantry

Opt for the security of a well stocked pantry during hurricane season. Remember after Hurricane Gustav how the grocery stores couldn’t sell items until either the power was restored or generators were brought in to run the checkouts? Remember the long lines and empty shelves? Some recommendations by staff for palatable room temperature pantry items are: dried fruit, Beanie-Weenie, canned mixed bean salad, individual fruit cups, and mild-tasting albacore tuna. Buying small sizes will do away with the need to refrigerate leftovers. Whatever your preference, having items like this on hand can make things a little less stressful.
**And don’t forget, when you’re rummaging around in dark cabinets, LED lights stay cool and are much brighter than older flashlights, and far safer than candles.

Chow Hound

Love your pets? Don’t want to feed them the animal equivalent of “junk food”? Try out some library cookbooks that will give you ideas for fresh healthy treats for your dog or cat. Get started with Chow Hound by Eve Adamson (636.7085 A221c), an attractive book aimed at dog lovers, with pies, breads, biscuits, cookies and even a recipe called Bow Wow Birthday Cake.
Other titles to try:
Doggie delights & kitty cuisine (636.708 W261d)
Grrrrowlicious food for hungry dogs (636.708 Y73g)
Real food for cats (636.808 D359r)

Cute and sassy…aprons??

Banished from kitchens and dining rooms thirty years ago, the hostess apron has been rediscovered by the young and hip. You’ll notice that the apron is back in fashion as you look through trendy stores and catalogs. Whether they are bib aprons, smocks, or craft aprons, ruffled or not, in playful prints or pretty prints, they are handy and awfully cute.
Check for books on making your own up-to-date aprons in our library catalog. “A” is for apron: 25 fresh & flirty designs by Nathalie Mornu (646.48 M866a) is filled with photos of ingenious designs, with names like the Cherry Bistro, the Provence Smock and Summertime Blues. They range from the ultra-feminine to the whimsical to the chic. Templates and sewing basics will help you to make these affordable projects. Each project has a list of materials needed and complete instructions.

Grow Your Own

Not just tomatoes and bell peppers. Not just typical kitchen herbs or even tangerines. Why not try growing olive trees, coffee bushes, black pepper, kiwi or papaya trees? Library staff has had success so far with 8 different fruits and vegetables, just from kitchen scraps. The easiest? Pineapples and green onions.

Don’t throw it, grow it! 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps (635 P485.3d), by Deborah Peterson, tells you how to harvest and save seeds from what you use in the kitchen. She gives explicit instructions, such as telling you which seeds need to sit in your refrigerator for several weeks before you plant them. Discover the hidden possibilities you are bringing home from the grocery store.

Growing tasty tropical plants in any home, anywhere (635 M379g), by Byron Martin, is also full of helpful hints on raising those plants. From the Australian Finger Lime to the Tahitian Orange, this book will provide cultural requirements and recipes for what you grow.

Eat your yard! : edible trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape (635 C486.7e) by Nan Chase is for the less adventurous, but those who would still like spring blossoms, colorful flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook with, and preserve. Why not have blueberries or a bay tree in your yard instead of plain old boxwood?

Some of our staff can’t wait to add a Sweet Lemon (Citrus ujukitsu) to their backyard. Think about it, sweet lemonade without adding sugar or sweetener. Yum!


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