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Paynesville Staff Picks: Books For Gardener-Chefs

Paynesville Staff Picks: Books For Gardener-Chefs

 Each gardening season, the unique combination of sun and rain and soil produces a different, and unpredictable, bumper crop of garden produce. Some years, a lone tomato plant produces more fruit than the entire row did the year before. Once the food is frozen, dried, canned or otherwise put by, it's time to find new recipes for the unexpected bounty.

Check your local library shelves for interesting new recipes: Rutabaga Jam and Habenero Jelly, Green Tomato Pie and Carrot and Coriander Soup might just be your new favorite, and they'll help you use all the fresh and preserved produce. Browse online for cookbooks , or browse the shelves at your local branch: You'll find cookbooks shelved in the 641s. Try these Paynesville Library Staff favorites: The Victory Garden Cookbook, The harvest eating cookbook : more than 200 recipes for cooking with seasonal local ingredients, Summer in a jar : making pickles, jams & more, 101 autumn recipes or Bubby's homemade pies.

Another helpful tip:To keep the cookbook neat and free of drips and spills, open it to the recipe you're trying out, then slip the opened book into a large, zip-to-seal plastic bag. You'll still be able to read the recipe through the plastic, and you'll keep the pages clean.