Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, July 9, 2010

summer reading this week

two more of my favorite summer cookbooks came off of my library book shelf this week.  the lobster roll is written by the owners of the famous Hampton's restaurant known as lunch.  the shop has an old fashioned sign on the outside of the establishment, which simply says lunch.  the official name of the restaurant is the lobster roll.  the book includes recipes from appetizers and soups to drinks and desserts.  detailed directions are given for their famous lobster roll, shrimp salad, how to prepare soft shelled crabs, clam rolls and even how to steam a lobster at home. the grilled citrus chicken made with basil, honey and orange juice is on my list to try in the upcoming weeks.

serendipity sundaes is a cookbook from serendipity, a famous cute little place to eat in new york city on the upper east side one block or so from Bloomingdale's.  we ate here several years ago, and it is worth the wait, so cute and whimsical.  the book is filled with toppings, sauces, and ice cream recipes that look oh so delicious.

serendipity is known for their frozen hot chocolate recipe, made with hot chocolate mix, blended with ice and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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