Oct/Nov 2019 – Food & Fellowship

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PRESIDENT POST:  Food and Fellowship

Welcome to the last few weeks of 2019.  The holiday and entertaining season will be here soon.    You might find yourself invited to a gathering and be asked, or you offer, to bring a side dish, appetizer, dessert, or make a special beverage for the festive engagement. Today, we tend to head to Pinterest and other internet sites for ideas.  For me, my collection of cookbooks (there are a few) provide inspiration and the familiarity of years of cooking for my family. My mom gave me the Red Plaid Better Homes & Garden book when I left home. YouTube wasn’t around so this one showed me how to boil an egg and contains the substitution and conversion table on the inside cover – all in one location.   I’ve purchased fundraiser cookbooks from churches, Junior League organizations and schools that have recipes that sometimes are indicative of the local areas where we have lived.   My mother-n-law is a dedicated subscriber of Southern Living magazine and has EVERYONE of their annual cookbooks.  She gave them as gifts, too.   When the Food Network introduced us to cooking shows, I became a fan of Rachel, Giada, Bobby, Ina and few others and bought their books.  There are specialty cookbooks on the shelf for ethnic foods, smoothies, outdoor grilling, specialty drinks, popsicles, cakepops and Keto Recipes.

Sometimes I write notes in the books. Beside the recipe, I’ll indicate when I made the dish or if I substituted an ingredient or changed it and if it was a hit or miss.  I’ve asked several people recently how family recipes were given to them or who taught them to be comfortable in the kitchen.  Many said their parent wrote some favorite dishes on large index cards or gave them the “Joy of Cooking” or another all-purpose culinary book. Many were kitchen assistants and helped prepare that favorite dish that is made each year. My mom is an excellent cook and meal planner but I also had a wonderful Home Economics teacher Mrs. Illene Wooten. This season, I hope you gather your extended family in the kitchen and share the love of cooking.

So, let’s get you into the heart of the season by whipping up a dish to share and take to that holiday occasion with friends and family!  THE ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER – all Cookbooks at the FRIENDS bookstores inside the Post Road, Sharon Forks and Hampton Park libraries are 50% off.  Most cookbooks will now cost 1.00 or 1.50.  Give as presents or hostess gifts and don’t forget to write an inscription on the inside cover.   Your cook will appreciate knowing years from now who gave them the book.

As we wind down the calendar year – Let us be thankful and enjoy this time of food, fellowship and hospitality.

Jodie Barger
2019/2020 FCPL Friends & Advocates President

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