“Freeze.” The title can’t help but be perfect for a heat wave kind of day. It is a new book of recipes designed to update ways for using a home freezer that is a recent addition to the cookbook collection at the Abington Community Library. Written by Justine Pattison, a British TV and magazine food writer, the collection of recipes promotes some revolutionary freezing techniques, promising to make the most of freezer space, the weekly food bill and time spent in the kitchen. There are recipes for simple suppers for one, packed lunches, special occasion cakes and easy entertaining, all prepared ahead of time with minimum effort and maximum freshness. In addition to the recipe section, there are more than 75 pages devoted to “Freezer Know-How,” with helpful advice for the basic preparation of foods headed for the freezer.
Another new cookbook on the shelf at the library is Joanne Weir’s “Cooking Confidence: Dinner Made Simple.” Host of her own TV cooking series, executive chef and cooking teacher, Weir includes 100 affordable, uncomplicated and delicious main dish recipes for dinner every night of the week. Beginning with a section on preparing vegetables as entrees, she then moves on to present taste-tempting ideas for serving a variety of grains and beans in stews, salads and soufflés. Chapters with recipes for preparing chicken, turkey and fish in new ways are followed by the final section on how to fix meat —- steak, lamb, pork – with varied combinations of ingredients inspired by cuisine from many cultures.
A new handbook put out by Better Homes and Gardens is “Organize Your Home: Clutter Cures for Every Room,” also a new addition at the library. Secrets for getting organized are amply illustrated with full-color photography, offering visual aids for the hints compiled throughout.
Read about clutter-busting strategies; room-by-room solutions (kitchen, closet, bathroom, garage) for tackling trouble spots; how to maximize tiny rooms and store more in cabinets and closets; room makeovers on a budget; real life “before-and-after” transformations; and hints for shopping for containers, shelving, and other products.
CERTIFICATE WEEKS FOR CHILDREN: Children who have completed the basic requirements of the Summer Reading Club may pick up their Certificates during regular library hours from Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 9. They will also be able to “shop” for prizes at a special library store during those two weeks.