by Beth Fisher on August 6th, 2014
Is there a difference between a recipe book and a cookbook? If there is, than Mason Jar Salads and more – 50 Layered Lunches to Grab & Go is more of a recipe book. There’s little, if any actual cooking here. Author Julia Mirabella has come up with an ingenious method of preassembling salads, breakfasts and snacks ahead of time for quick meals on the go. It reminds me of the Make-a-mix fad from the 1970′s.
Mirabella has developed a simple layering technique that lets you combine all your ingredients in a Mason jar so that they stay fresh for up to a week while stored in the refrigerator.
The concept is pretty simple. The most problematic ingredient in making any salad ahead of time is the dressing. If you dress your salad greens in advance, they end up wilted and soggy. Using her layering technique, the dressing goes into the jar first. The next layer should be something that is impervious to the dressing – carrots, radishes, peas or the like that acts as a buffer between the dressing and the greens. Continue with your layers, placing the greens at the top. Seal the jar tightly and pop it in the fridge and you have a salad to go. And the same thing applies to the snacks and breakfast ideas too.
More than 60 different recipes are included for salads, breakfasts, smothies, soups, and simple pasta dishes, along with 4 pages of salad dressing recipes.
The one thing missing from this book is nutritional information for each of her recipes. Salads in general are nutritious, but dressings, fruits, nuts and cheeses can be sources of sugar, fats or sneaky calories, so use some common sense when creating your masterpieces. This would be a great addition to any kitchen – especially for someone tired of fast food lunches.
by Beth Fisher on June 25th, 2014
On these long steamy days of summer is there anything that sounds better than a nice fresh salad?
Some people can create wonderful salads as if by magic. But I’m not one of those people. Even wandering through farmers market I get stumped on what would go well together.
ICPL has a some great salad cookbooks. (Does one cook salad?) Check out the new Salad pop-up display on the 2nd floor west of the Reference Desk, or at search in the ICPL catalog for subject Salads for some great ideas.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 19th, 2014
I went a little crazy at the farmers market the other day. I bought the first container of strawberries I spotted and snacked on them while strolling the other tables.
I ended up purchasing two more pints to replace the ones I ate.
It seemed like a great idea at the time — strawberry season is never long enough — but then I had a pile of strawberries I needed to use before they went bad. I also forgot about the two pints of blueberries already in the refrigerator.
I didn’t panic. Instead, I visited the Library’s cookbook collection, checking out Sally McKenney’s Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix. I’ve been a fan of McKenney’s blog, also called Sally’s Baking Addiction, for years, so I was thrilled to find out which of her amazing recipes she chose to feature in her first cookbook.
Flipping through the colorful pages, my stomach rumbling the whole time, I found the perfect recipe for my strawberry and blueberry situation: Jumbo Blueberry Streusel Muffins. I added strawberries to the list of ingredients and ended up with a grab-and-go breakfast that made me and my family happy for several days.
I posted a picture of the muffins on the Library’s Instagram account. If you are on Instagram or twitter, please share photos of the great recipes you’ve made because of ICPL’s cookbook collection using the with the #cookingwithicpl hashtag. It’s the next best thing to a city-wide potluck!