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Door to Door Organics

Do you like fresh produce? Do you want to support local farmers? Are you, like me, not a fan of going shopping? I recently discovered Door to Door Organics, and now I have fresh produce delivered to my house once a week. It's great! They have several different basic orders to choose from, and you can customize your order and add items however you'd like. The food comes from local farms including Beautiful Earth Family Farm and Two Creeks Organics, both located in nearby Chelsea. I heartily recommend their goods and their service.

Fix-it and Forget-it

Not sure what to fix for dinner? Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks have many slow cooked recipes to choose from. With just a few ingredients, your next slow cooked meal is on the way.

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 23) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including: Also, be sure to share your green tips and tricks with the community by posting on the Electronic Green Board.

"A Michivore Life" Earth Week Program

Tom Bloomer, co-founder of Michivore.com, will give you all the facts on eating locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats plus tips on doing this easily and inexpensively in his presentation A Michivore Life on Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00-8:30PM. This program is for both teens and adults. No registration is required for this program.

Have Your Book & Eat It Too

What better day than April First to play with your food? All around the world people host Edible Book Festivals where folks create and consume incredible edible books. What a great idea, combining and celebrating two of the most wonderful things imaginable: Books and Food!

Good Eats: The Early Years

Good Eats: The Early Years Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown

This hefty guide to the first six seasons of Alton Brown's TV show, Good Eats, includes an episode-by-episode rundown of every single show including the recipes featured and behind-the-scenes info on how each show was made. Brown's wry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to cooking come through, making this book a treat as well as a useful resource.

Save Food, Save Money

Do you know how much food you throw away each year? Ever wonder how much that's costing you? A new website, Love Food Hate Waste, has a ton of great information about how we can save money by wasting less. There are tips for making fresh produce last longer, recipes for using up the little bits of various foods you might have left over, and you can even add your own tips and join the community of folks to discuss and ask questions.

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Winter Farmers Market? In Canton?!

No, you’re not dreaming! This Sunday, February 28, visit the Canton “Mini” Farmers Market anytime between 10:00AM and 2:00PM inside the Cady-Boyer Barn at Preservation Park (500 N. Ridge Rd. just north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Buy local foods and select Michigan-made products, including apples, cider, honey, eggs, cheese, grass-fed meats, jerky, smoked fish and meats, jams, baked goods, pasta and BBQ sauces, salsa — even dog treats! Also, mark your calendar for the other two “Mini” Market dates: Sundays, March 28 and April 25. For more details, visit cantonfun.org.

Mixology 101

Mixed drinks have undergone a massive revival. High end restaurant menus often have artisanal cocktails listed with specific and detailed ingredients. Old drinks have been refashioned and new beverages created by cutting edge bartenders, often called mixologists. Why not try creating these luscious libations in your own home?

Paczki Day!

As a Catholic kid growing up in Detroit, Paczki Day was always a very big deal at my school. The entire day was dedicated to fun, games and food, especially the yummy — and extremely fattening — Paczki which were provided for the students. Traditionally celebrated in the United States on Shrove Tuesday (i.e. the day before Ash Wednesday), to Americans of Polish descent - or any anyone who grew up in Metro Detroit — Paczki Day means eating paczki — those scrumptious jelly-filled, deep-fried donuts.

It's National Pancake Week!

This week, from February 14-20, happens to be National Pancake Week! I don't know about you, but pancakes are one of my all-time favorites. If you're a pancake lover too, celebrate this week by reading some pancake books, trying out some pancake recipes, and of course, eating pancakes. Maybe one night this week you can have pancakes for dinner - that's always a fun thing to do! Enjoy those flapjacks this week, everyone!

Sweet Frugality

Here are some great sites for frugal advice - all available in your feed reader: Also, some books here in CPL's collection:

The complete Tightwad gazette : promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle by Amy Dacyczyn, a.k.a. The Frugal Zealot

Suddenly Frugal : How to Happier & Healthier for Less by Leah Ingram

Chef on a shoestring : more than 120 delicious, easy-on-the-budget recipes from America's best chefs by Andrew Freidman

Happy Birthday, Hershey's Chocolate Company!

If you’re a chocolate lover, February 9 is no ordinary day — it’s the day that Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded in 1894. Hershey’s was started by Milton S. Hershey, the son of a Mennonite family who had little formal education but went on to become one of the richest men in America. By 1905, Hershey had built a state-of-the art factory to mass-produce chocolate bars, wafers and other delicious delectables. By 1907, his company had cracked the code and created what would become their best-selling product: the Hershey’s kiss. Coincidentally (or not!), Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so celebrate by getting your sweetie some Hershey’s kisses and checking out a book about this American original.
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Brunch Books

When the snow is falling on a weekend morning, I just want to watch it through the window while relaxing with another cup of coffee, and another, and another. The next step in this scenario is some delicious food to soak up the caffeine. What could be better than a home-cooked breakfast or luxurious brunch?

Gale Gand's brunch! by Gale Gand

Vegan brunch : homestyle recipes worth waking up for-- from asparagus omelets to pumpkin pancakes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Bread for breakfast by Beth Hensperger ; photography byLeigh Beisch

Mollie Katzen's Sunlight cafe by Mollie Katzen ; with illustrations by Mollie Katzen

The Story of Chocolate

Chocolate is so delicious... you can use it to make so many tasty things, like cookies, candy, and cake. But do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Read The Story of Chocolate to find out how chocolate begins its journey from cocoa bean to candy bar. Filled with lots of fun facts, this book is also easy enough to read on your own. Be warned - this book along with its yummy pictures might make you hungry! You just might get inspired to whip up a batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookies!

The Steamy Kitchen

Once again, I am eagerly anticipating a cookbook. Jaden Hair's The steamy kitchen cookbook : 101 Asian recipes simple enough for tonight's dinner promises quick recipes accompanied by colorful illustrations. Perfect for armchair cookery, even if I never make it to the kitchen. While I'm old-fashioned enough to want the book, I can enjoy popping on to her blog in the meantime.

Happy New Year's Diet

Is your New Year's resolution, as it is for so many of us, to drop a few pounds in 2010? Or perhaps you just want to eat a healthier diet? Take a look at some of our newer, healthier cookbooks and start your year off right.

Crock Pot Cookery

Yes, it is officially winter and what's better on a cold day than a hot meal ready in the crock pot when you get home? CPL has loads of crock pot cookbooks, but they are under the odd subject heading of Electric cookery, Slow. Don't let this slow you down; check a few out and start cookin'.

Cookies!

Starting your holiday baking? You'll find some excellent books under Christmas cookery. But so many are already checked out! Try Joy of Cooking. It has one of the two recipes I am asked for every year — Angel Slices. The other recipe is for Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti, which you can find on epicurious. An extra bonus: both recipes are incredibly easy.

Want healthy eating ideas for the holidays?

Three excellent books that have easy to follow diet plans, list healthy foods that keep your weight low and; metabolism high and give thin-spiration ideas or expert advice to help you keep the weight off during the holidays and through-out the year.