Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Beginings

I had started working on a photographic walk through of last year's garden days ago, but I just lost motivation half-way through.

Yesterday evening I couldn't help but peruse the web for cooking/canning/gardening books that I had yet to discover I could not live without.  I of course found a few.  Christmas cash is always a good excuse to update my library!  I ordered a couple of things and one book is on reserve for pick-up at the book store.  I was taken aback by all the new books on preserving and cooking with fresh garden ingredients, I guess the publishers are finally catching up with the times.  Here is what I decided on:

Amazon.com: Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything (9780836195125): Mary Clemens Meyer, Susanna Meyer: Books

Amazon.com: Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry (9781584798644): Liana Krissoff, Rinne Allen: Books

Amazon.com: Fast, Fresh & Green (9780811865661): Susie Middleton: Books

Amazon.com: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table (9781616877323): Molly Wizenberg: Books

The first book linked is from the Simply In Season and More with Less people, and I can not express how excited I am to see it since I love that series of books.     The recipes in the Fast, Fresh, and Green seem to be just what I am after....simple recipes using ingredients I have out in the garden at any given moment.  I am sure many of these new recipes will be posted here over the next gardening season.

And lastly, I went to bed and dreamed of chard and mixed greens last night.  Rows of bright, beautiful Rainbow Chard.  Tossing together bowls of mixed greens and simple vinaigrettes.....yummm.  My garden fantasies have officially begun!

9 comments:

Megan said...

Yay for new beginnings, and planning, and garden dreams!

Sue said...

Planning and Dreaming are half the fun!! Sounds like some great books you've lined up.......

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I haven't canned for so long, that I'd either have to get a new seal for my pressure canner, or get a new one. Every year, I say I'm going to put more food by, but I am doing good to fix the fresh veggies for meals. I have been using the onions and peppers I chopped and froze this summer, though. I have a few bags of tomatoes in the freezer, too.

Maybe if I got one of those books, it would motivate me more.

I'm surprised I haven't had any dreams about gardening yet. Usually, I have by now.

Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Happy New Year Kelly! Thank you for sharing the books...I will check them out at the library! I always do that first...then if I love it, I buy it. ;)

I ordered some seed catalogs last week...can't wait for them to arrive. I've decided to start from seeds this year. First time...so wish me luck!

xox

Bangchik said...

What a way to start off a new year with new books..... Cheers, Happy New Year ~bangchik

meemsnyc said...

I love new books too! I received the 2nd one on your list for Christmas. I can't wait to try out the recipes!

Kelly said...

How is it meemsnyc? I was going to pick it up at B&N until I saw it was $10 more in-store than on-line. So now I need to order it, hopefully the others will be here today or tomorrow. From all the canning books I was looking through, that one seemed to have recipes I would be most likely to make. I think read that it was all about using apples for pectin, which I have only done once.

Thomas said...

I'll have to check out these books. One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more.

Dreaming of salad greens???? You must be getting really exciting about the new growing year.

Erin said...

Catching up finally! Salad...mmmmmmm! I'm finally "almost" ready to open up those seed catalogs! LOVE that frosty photo on the previous post, it's gorgeous!