Let the library help you with your holiday baking, cooking

The month of December tends to get very busy in most houses with holiday parties, sports events, church events and school programs.

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to get into my kitchen and cook up some of my family’s favorite foods, not just candies and cookies, but many of my family’s traditional favorites, plus maybe a new dish or two.

Maybe it is time to try that new main dish or explore a food from another culture. Side dishes always lend an exciting flavor to the table at meal time. Maybe your forte is bread baking. It can be quite an adventure to dive into a new cookbook and find that next great dish. What many don’t realize is that the library has a multitude of great cookbooks from which to choose that can provide many new suggestions and ways of improving some of those old standbys.

Some of the most popular editions are the annual “Better Homes and Garden” or “Taste of Home Annual Cookbooks,” along with special Christmas/Holiday volumes packed with a multitude of ideas. These can all be found in the 645 section of the library stacks. Just ask the circulation desk where to find them or look for them on the new displays. The library always shares the various magazines that include some really great suggestions for spicing up your menus. If you have kids who like to cook, the children’s section 645 has a lot of kid-friendly recipes, too.

Then, when one has chosen the next favorite recipe book, be sure to add one or two of the many Christmas themed fiction books by your favorite authors that are currently on display, to enjoy when that big holiday meal is over. Above all, be sure to enjoy the time with family and friends, and get ready for a brand new year that will be here before we know it.

From the Mary Cotton Public Library Board and staff, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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