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To-may-to, To-mah-to

Don't those tomatoes look delicious? This winter weather may have us stuck inside, but we can at least prepare for the glorious gardening days to come, right? There are many types of tomato cages you can use to support your plants, several of which are highlighted in this post over at Mother Earth News. Personally, I've never used anything as architectural as these folding wooden tomato cages, but I think I might try building some.

Amazing (Homemade) Cakes

Ever wanted to try your hand at making an awesome, intricate cake to rival those seen on Amazing Wedding Cakes or Ace of Cakes? Start at your library, where we have almost 50 books on cake decorating, including some familiar faces from television.

Ace of Cakes: inside the World of Charm City Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman

Soup Day

Do you like to have soup in the winter, when it's really cold? I do, and so does this special little girl in Soup Day. On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together — step by step — to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a homemade dinner. Check out some other soup stories that will warm you up on these long, cold days!

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.

Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet

Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade food for your baby, but think you'd never have time to do so? The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet offers over 200 healthy recipes, and many of them can be made in less than ten minutes. You'll rest assured knowing what goes into every bite of food your baby takes!

Hot Soup on a Cold Day

The temperature has dropped and that means it is the perfect time to make a hearty pot of soup. If you agree, but are tired of the same old recipes, come in and take a look under 641.563. It's where you will find a ton of cookbooks all about soup — just like these:

Soups + sides by Catherine Walthers; photography by Alison Shaw

EatingWell comfort foods made healthy: the classic makeover cookbook by Jessie Price & the Editors of EatingWell

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts by Jane Brocket is bursting with nostalgia and inspiration for parents and kids. This delightful book presents recipes and activities from classic children's books. Learn about different kinds of treasure hunting, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island. Make some Raspberry Jam Cakes like Mary Poppins and Bert enjoyed at an afternoon tea. Or make snow pictures and enjoy Ma's pancake men from Little House in the Big Woods. There are many fun activities and delicious recipes to enjoy in this book celebrating timeless children's classics.

Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only fun to bake with, but a healthy spice as well? Ginger is good for digestion, used to treat nausea and motion sickness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. And of course, it's a great time of year to make some creative gingerbread houses, and yummy cookies. There's also ginger tea, ginger ale and lots of recipes you can use ginger in. Some may even remember this name on Gilligan's Island.

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

This Sunday: Fall Harvest Market in Canton

A virtual cornucopia of foods and other items for your Thanksgiving feast will be available to buy at Canton's Fall Harvest Market this Sunday, November 21, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Cady-Boyer Barn, in Preservation Park at 500 N. Ridge Rd. (approx. 1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Nearly two dozen local Michigan farmers and vendors will offer market favorites, including: turkeys, pie pumpkins, farm eggs, apples, spices, cider, natural meats, stuffing, artisan breads, salad greens, winter squash, sausage, pasta, honey, pies and other baked goods, pierogi, flower arrangements, dog treats and much more. Some vendors are taking pre-orders for your convenience.

Food Customs in Other Lands

Here's some fun! Take this entertaining Don't Gross Out the World quiz to find out about dining etiquette in another country! In addition, here is a list of books with food customs, cultural facts, and recipes from other countries that can be found in Canton Library.

National Sandwich Day

Did you know that November 3 is National Sandwich Day? Legend has it that Englishman John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, created the first sandwich in 1762 by putting meat between two pieces of bread. Celebrate National Sandwich Day by eating your favorite, or inventing a new kind of sandwich. Find some inspiration in this Super Sandwiches cookbook.

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Give thanks for the picture book with these wonderful Thanksgiving stories. Enjoy some turkey tales while waiting for the special holiday to arrive!

Gus, the pilgrim turkey by Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki



The Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving by Stan & Jan Berenstain



An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by James Bernardin

Incredible Edibles

Incredible edibles : 43 fun things to grow in the city by Sonia Day ; photography Barrie Murdock

If you're looking for a few good edibles to grow, this book is a great place to start. Even if you only have a patio, balcony, or other limited area, almost all of these 43 plants are doable. These edibles are also versatile ingredients for a home cook, and are for the most part quite easy to grow. Large, crisp photographs make this book a winner.

30 Absolutely Indispensable Items for Foodies: an Amazingly Idiosyncratic List

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, we're making 30-item lists of interesting facts and links. For food lovers, here's a list of great gastronomical texts:

Patricia Wells' trattoria: simple and robust fare inspired by the small family restaurants of Italy by Patricia Wells

The art of simple foods: notes, lessons, and recipes from a delicious revolution by Alice Waters, with Patricia Curtan...et al; illustrations by Patricia Curtan

Calzones or Ravioli?

Ricotta cheese is supposed to be incredibly simple to make. I'm going to find out this weekend. If this microwave recipe works, I suspect I will never buy ricotta again. And I do hope it works because, with this colder weather, I feel like making some serious comfort food. I'm torn between the calzones from Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen and the Mashed Potato Ravioli from Italian Family Dining by Edward Giobbi. Either way, it's going to be a great dinner.

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible: a celebration of local food by Tracey Ryder
This book features information about local food producers across the United States and pairs recipes with each region. Southeast Michigan's own Calder Dairy is featured, as is Ann Arbor restaurant eve. The recipe for Asparagus with Morels and Tarragon looks delicious.

Love in Spoonfuls

Need a new cookbook for your baby or toddler's meals? Try Love in Spoonfuls from the editors of Parenting magazine. It's full of new recipe ideas for your child from age six months to two years. Accompanying are fabulous color photos of these easy-to-make, healthy recipes. Check it out from the Parenting section for a change of pace at baby's mealtime.

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!

This just out from Janet' Randolph's Dying for Chocolate blog:

August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Day. Obviously I've blogged many different Chocolate Chip Recipes from cookies to ice cream to truffles to pound cake to cheesecake to pancakes… and a lot more. I usually throw some chocolate chips in most of my recipes. It's almost always appropriate because you can never have enough chocolate!

Nutrition

Nutrition almanac by John D. Kirschmann and Nutrition Search, Inc — A comprehensive book that includes information regarding the best foods to eat for certain health conditions.

The 150 healthiest foods on earth : the surprising, unbiased truth about what you should eat and why by Jonny Bowden — Readers will find out what nutrients each of the 150 featured foods contain and other helpful information.