Tips to Reduce Waste

Realize that small changes overall are easier than drastically changing everything all at once. Small changes add up to a big difference over time.  Good luck and have fun!  Some ways to reduce food waste are included in the list below: When you buy fresh fruits and veggies, prioritize a spot for them so they… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Keto Sugar-Free Mini Cheesecakes

Even people who are cutting carbs and sugar crave a tasty dessert now and then. These mini cheesecakes are the perfect treat. I discovered this delicious recipe at the Green and Keto website.     I made a few adjustments to this recipe. First, I eliminated the almond flour because my son has severe nut… read more >>

Family Cooking 

Do you have a secret recipe passed down from generation to generation? These authors do! Cooking and baking are traditions as valuable and deep as any. It’s a big day when you finally get to learn how to make those delicious meatballs or see what special ingredient your aunt uses in her shortbread. The best… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Sweet Potato Casserole

My dear friend says that she told her growing children that sweet potatoes are the candy of vegetables. And, she is right! This is the holiday dish my family fights over the most, and is loaded with great vitamins for good health, far better than a regular potato. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and beta-carotene (a provitamin… read more >>

Instant eating: Instant Pot Cookbooks

Instant Pot electric slow cookers have become insanely popular. These books will send you on your way to making great meals in a fraction of the time.   The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook by Coco Morante– More than 75 simple, delicious recipes fill this Instant Pot-authorized collection. Available as an eBook from OverDrive and for… read more >>

Fair Favorites – Funnel Cakes and Lemon Shakes

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about the fair is the food! Corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, elephant ears, funnel cakes and lemon shakes, they are all such a treat. Here are some recipes and resources to inspire you to enjoy some fair food at home.     Fair-Style Lemon Shake… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Fire-Grilled Elotes

  There’s one sure-fire way (pun intended) to make sure that everyone at your campout has a great and delicious time in the wilderness – Campfire Elotes! For those of you not in the know, “elote” means corn on the cob and this recipe combines grilled corn on the cob with a bunch of other… read more >>

Murder with Recipes: 12 Cozy Mystery Series to Sample

A good cozy murder mystery is like comfort food for your mind and soul.  Yes, the plot will involve a murder, but it will happen off-stage, with no gory details.  These are not mysteries that will have you checking the locks and jumping at every sound. Cozy mysteries feature normal, everyday heroines who just happen to stumble across… read more >>

How to Make Fresh Pasta with Starr

Everyone loves pasta! Fresh pasta sounds so delicious but seems so intimidating. It’s actually fairly easy to make and uses only a few ingredients. You don’t need an expensive stand mixer or even a pasta machine, although those items do help. I remember my Grandparent’s Italian neighbor bringing over a big casserole dish filled with… read more >>

Retro Recipe: Ambrosia Salad

This week’s cooking video is a throwback.  Ambrosia salad looks more like a dessert than a typical leafy salad, but it is a vintage favorite of summer picnics and barbecues!   First known recipes of ambrosia salad date as far back as 1867, when citrus fruit was becoming more available. Recipes were often oranges and fresh pineapple layered together with sugar.  In Greek… read more >>

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