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fighting the winter blues…with books about food!!

The weather this week has been pretty crazy…yet somewhat magical!  with the temps just above freezing, if not just below, all I want to do is stay inside and cook (well mostly eat)!  We’ve been getting in some great books about food, and i wanted to share a few of our favorites.  I know all of them will surely cure the winter blues!


In more than 40 exuberant poems and “vandalized” photographs, you’ll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crêpes in her head, and a boy with a pet cabbage!

Whether you’re entertaining garden sprites, feeding a regiment of toy soldiers, or simply whiling away a lazy afternoon, Mud Pies and Other Recipes is the only make-believe cookbook you’ll ever need.  You’ll never be at a loss for something to do in your backyard or by the seashore; you’ll be busy scooping up sand (a filling for Stuffed Sea Shells), hunting for flower petals (they make lovely hors d’oeuvres), and collecting raindrops (essential for brewing up Fried Water)!

From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu!

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious tells how one child’s search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food—the same joy we get from a beautiful song, or a starry sky!

This fun recipe book for kids reveals all these tasty secrets and aspiring young chefs will enjoy creating these dishes inspired by the most famous childhood fairy tales of all time!

Make the beast’s puff pastry roses tonight!!

INGREDIENTS (7 roses) :: 1 large yellow apple :: 3 tbs granulated sugar :: 1 rectagular roll puff pastry

DIRECTIONS :: carfully peel the apple.  cut it into four segments and then into very thin slices.  in a very large frying pan add the sugar.  when the sugar starts to melt, add the apples in ta single layer.  cook them for 10 minutes, adding, if necessary, a tablespoon of water.  take the puff pastry and with a pastry cutter cut strips about 1 inch wide.  place the apple slices on top of each strip, fold the pastry and rollit into the shape of a rose.  do this with each strip and then place the roses on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  bake in a preheated oven at 400*F for 10/12 minutes….voila!!

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