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Farmers Market

One of my favorite summer activities is taking a stroll through the Provo Farmers Market with my mom. I can seldom think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning! I love seeing all the locally made products and the local artists, and it’s a great place to get some locally grown produce or honey. There are even food vendors, making it a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch.  One of my favorite finds was a golden raspberry start that I haven’t killed yet, and I should get berries from it this year! From a fun date, to finding good produce for dinner, to selling your wares, the Farmers Market has something to offer for everyone. Check out these farmers market-related books you can find at the library: 

7.30 The Harvest Eating CookbookTHE HARVEST EATING COOKBOOK: MORE THAN 200 RECIPES FOR COOKING WITH SEASONAL LOCAL INGREDIENTS
by Keith Snow
(2009)

Harvest Eating is a lifestyle of using in season, locally grown and raised foods. The idea is to be more sustainable in our food choices and use whole, natural ingredients in cooking. This book contains over 200 recipes that are organized by season to help in buying fresh ingredients. 

 

7.30 Complete Canning GuideCOMPLETE CANNING GUIDE: FREEZING, PRESERVING, DRYING
by Better Homes and Gardens
(2015)

This is a comprehensive food preservation guide. It has instructions for many different food preservations techniques such as canning, drying, fermenting, and pickling. Recipes range from simple to inventive, and will give you all the knowledge you need to preserve your great farmers market finds. 

 

7.30 Animal Vegetable MiracleANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE: A YEAR OF FOOD LIFE
by Barbara Kingsolver
(2007)

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move to a rural area in Appalachia, they decide to spend a year taking on a new challenge. They will live only on food they can produce themselves or buy from so close to home they would know the person who grew it. From prolific zucchini plants to interesting adventures with turkeys, this book is a great look at how one family succeeded at eating locally. 

 

7.30 Selling your CraftsTHE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR CRAFTS
by Chris Franchetti Michaels
(2010)

Online isn’t the only avenue to selling your crafts! This book teaches crafters not only how to find and use different selling outlets, but also how to manage your business, manage inventory, price your goods, and more. This should be a useful reference for selling your goods at a farmers market. 

 

7.30 Growing Organic Vegetables and HerbsSTOREY'S GUIDE TO GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES & HERBS FOR MARKET: SITE & CROP SELECTION PLANTING, CARE & HARVESTING BUSINESS BASICS
by Keith Stewart
(2013)

Have you ever thought about becoming a farmer? This book will help you get started with your own farm! It includes instructions for farm equipment, growing crops, harvesting, and marketing your produce. 

 

7.30 Compact FarmsCOMPACT FARMS: 15 PROVEN PLANS FOR MARKET FARMS ON 5 ACRES OR LESS
by Josh Volk
(2017)

Want a market farm but don’t have acres and acres of land? This book has 15 plans for farms on 5 acres of land or less! From the urban rooftop to rural locations, tour these profitable small-scale farms full of tips and resources for planning your own small farm.

 

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In previous Cooking the Books posts, I’ve tackled all the big issues: no time. No ingredients. No self-control. No fat.  No motivation. The anticipation of no motivation. No beef. And just to continue that tradition of hard-hitting journalism that you’ve come to expect from this periodic series reviewing library cookbooks, I decided to tackle a subject I’ve never tackled before: 

Cute. 

“Cute” is not a word I expect to use to describe a cookbook, but it’s what I found while browsing the children’s cookbook section for recipes I could have my son help me make. I decided on COOK ME A RHYME by Bryan Kozlowski, and I was not disappointed. 

Each recipe in this cookbook is based on a nursery rhyme, even down to the steps in the recipe. For example, in the recipe for Sing a Song of Sixpence (Blackberry Sandwich Pies), you slice a banana into six round pieces as you “sing a song of sixpence”, and then roll out a slice of bread for the “pocketful of rye.” Or when making “Cockle Shell Pasta Salad,” you line the “pretty maids” (snap peas) up in a row around the bowl before chilling. I’m going to try to replicate this as I post the recipe, but just know it’s really adorable in the book. This book has full-color illustrations and easy-to-follow directions and its recipes would be perfect for a Mother Goose-themed party. It would also be great to use with a beginning reader, especially if they’re at all familiar with some of these rhymes. 

We have a 6-month-old baby at our house, so we play a lot of “Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake” every day. I decided to recruit my older son to help me make "Mark It With a “B” Breakfast Cake", hoping that the familiar rhyme would prove delightful to him and keep him from asking to watch TV. This only sort of worked, but it was a good effort.

This recipe was incredibly easy; unfortunately, because I let my three-year-old have some input, we made things harder on ourselves. For example, because he was pretending to be a member of the Paw Patrol at the time, my little helper insisted that we cut the puff pastry into dog bone shapes and not the 8-inch circle the recipe indicates. In the end, we had a few circles, a few doggie bones, an actual dog shape, and a heart. All of these small shapes were harder to fill than a regular circle would have been, and it was harder to know if we’d gotten the right ratio of ingredients. They were also harder to seal and baked at different rates, so we ended up with a few underdone pastries and some spilled filling. 

That said, this recipe was easy and yummy, and a bit of underdone pastry didn’t stop us from consuming them all. 

A final note: there is a bit of a copyediting error with this recipe. Though the recipe instructions call for sugar, it’s not mentioned in the ingredients list. I ended up just adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time until the filling tasted good, so we ended up with about six cups of sugar. I jest! It was two tablespoons. You may adjust your own sugar level depending on the sugar content of your raspberry jam and your preference for sweet flavors. 

cook me a rhymeMark It with a “B” Breakfast Cake
From COOK ME A RHYME
by Bryan Kozlowski
(2017) 

 

THIS RHYME NEEDS:

2 (17.3 ounce) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar*
2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup raspberry jam
2 tablespoons water 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

1.  Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake...      

Unfold the thawed puff pastry sheets on a cutting board and, one at a time, cut out an 8-inch circle from each sheet. Place one pastry round on a nonstick baking tray and set it aside. 

 

2.  Baker's man...      

To make the baked-in filling, mix the softened cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with a spoon or electric mixer until combined. Add 2 teaspoons of flour and mix it into the cream cheese. 

 

3.  Bake me a cake, as fast as you can...      

Spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the middle of the pastry round on the baking tray. Spread the cream cheese evenly with a butter knife, leaving about a 1-inch space around the edge of the pastry. Dot the raspberry jam onto the cream cheese and spread it evenly to the edge of the cream cheese. 

 

4.  Pat it...      

Place the second pastry round over the first, covering the jam and cream cheese. Pat and press the edge of the two pastry rounds together with your fingers to make a thing, tight seal around the crust. 

 

5.  And prick it...      

Using the tip of a small knife, poke about 20 tiny holes into the top of the cake. 

 

6.  And mark it with a B...      

Stir the water and 3 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl until a thick paste forms. Scoop the paste into a small plastic bag, cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag, and squeeze the paste to form the letter "B" on the top of the cake. 

 

7.  And put it in the oven for baby and me!                  Put the cake into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 17 to 20 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the baking tray from the oven and let the cake cool for 30 minutes before sliving it "for baby and me." 

 

Shark Week

There are three major holiday seasons at my house: Christmas, Easter, and Shark Week. If you haven’t heard of it (do you live under a rock??), Shark Week is a television program on the Discovery Channel. According to their website, Shark Week is the longest running summer TV event, with this July marking its 30th year running.

I love sharks, and Shark Week is a time for me to not only get my fill of shark related pseudo-science TV shows (I mean, Phelps vs Shark was not exactly top-notch  science), but I also get to share my love of sharks with friends and family. I might make shark-themed treats, wear a shark shirt or hat (both items of clothing I own), and maybe even enjoy a sharky read. However you choose to celebrate, the library has some great materials to check out if you have sharks on the brain.

7.23 JawsJAWS
By Peter Benchley
(1974)

You’ve seen the movie, but have you given the book a try? When it was published, Jaws sold millions of copies and was a best-seller for 44 weeks in a row. And if you haven’t seen the movie, widely considered to be one of the best films of all time, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it now. Trivia: Author Peter Benchley actually makes a cameo appearance in the film as the reporter on the beach that discusses the shark attacks.  

 

7.23 Close to ShoreCLOSE TO SHORE
By Michael Capuzzo
(2001)

Now that you are familiar with the story of Jaws, check out the historical inspiration behind it. This book tells the true story of a rogue shark that terrorized swimmers off the New Jersey coast in the summer of 1916. This was the beginning of our country’s shark hysteria and panic, causing beach-goers to think twice before going in the water.  

 

7.23 Devils TeethDEVIL’S TEETH
By Susan Casey
(2005)

This is the account of journalist Susan Casey’s obsession with great white sharks that led her to the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. While not overly data-heavy, this book gives readers a sense of magical wonder at great whites and their relationship to these islands.  

 

7.23 Encyclopedia of SharksTHE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SHARKS
By Steve Parker
(2008)

Maybe you are tired of the largely false stereotypical Hollywood portrayal of sharks as mindless killers, and you want to learn more about these fascinating creatures. This volume gives you details and scientific facts on hundreds of shark species. You’ll learn about shark evolution, mating rituals, life-cycles, and conservation and protection efforts. That’s right, sharks need protection from an even scarier predator—us! Sharks are in danger from over fishing, sports fishing, and “finning,” and the ecological impact from losing these apex predators is proving to be dire.  

 

7.23 JawsGREAT WHITE: THE MAJESTY OF SHARKS
By Chris Fallows
(2009) 

Maybe you just want to look at stunning photos of massive great whites, leaping out of the water in a spray of foam and teeth. Well, here you go. You’re welcome.

 

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