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Summertime and the Eating is Easy

Do you need some new ideas for summertime chow? Is it too hot to cook but you still want to eat? Check out these books on home-made ice cream, picnicking, grilling and lighter fare for the hot hot Indiana weather.

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Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream : Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients     Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream : Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients    
Molly Moon Nietzel
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.862 Nei

Molly Moon Neitzel opened the frist of her five boutique ice cream scoop shops in 2008 and she was an instant hit with the folks in Seattle.  The book is arranged by season with the focus on using local, fresh fruit and herbs. You will find recipes for almost every flavor you can imagine and some that are a little unimaginable. Recipes include the classic Vanilla Bean to the comforting Maple Bacon, the exotic Cardamom and the adventurous Mexican Chocolate.  Recipes are clear and accessible and the results simple and pure.  Have some fun with your ice cream making this summer.

400 Best Sandwich Recipes :From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments     400 Best Sandwich Recipes :From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments    
Alison Lewis
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.84 Lew

Hoping to find new sandwich ideas this summer?  This go-to sandwich book will help you out. Twists on familiar favorites include BLT Pimiento Cheese Sliders, Melon Grilled Cheese and Tuna Caesar Wraps Proscuitto. The author also includes recipes for Grilled Cheese Quesadillas, Stuffed Pizza Burgers and Tomato Tea Sandwich with Arugula and Basil. The grilled cheese section alone contains 91 recipes. There are even dessert sandwiches included in this fun, easy-to-follow book. Try some out for your summertime backyard fun.

Good Day for a Picnic: Simple  Food That Travels Well     Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well    
Jeremy Jackson
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.578 Ja

Are you planning a picnic but are bored with traditional picnic fare? Do you love fried chicken and potato salad but would like to try something new?  Are you in the mood for Cornbread Salad, Crisp Greenbeans or Rhubarb Custard Tart? Or maybe Ham and Swiss Cheese Biscuts or Barbecue Shredded Pork are more your style. You will find these recipes and many more in this laugh out loud, cleverly illustrated,easy to follow cookbook. So grab your picnic basket, find a nice shady tree and enjoy yourself this summer with the help of this collection of simple picnic recipes.

Grilling Vegan Style:125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard Barbeque     Grilling Vegan Style:125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard Barbeque    
John Schlimm
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.56365 Sch

Although this cookbook is geared toward vegans, non-vegans will also enjoy the author's plant-based recipes. Ranging from appetizers, salads, kabobs and burgers to desserts and cocktails readers will find just what they need to make that backyard barbecue, beach picnic or night around the campfire special. Try the Slip-N-Slides or the Strawberry Skewers with Vanilla, I Scream and see how much fun vegan grilling can be. Whether you are a hardcore omnivore or totally committed to animal-free products this cookbook will kick up your grilling a notch. With chapters devoted to tapas, tailgating, picnics and happy hour you will never be at a loss for summertime vegan eating. Go ahead--get your vegan grill on this summer.

Salad for Dinner: Simple Recipes for Salads that Make a Meal     Salad for Dinner: Simple Recipes for Salads that Make a Meal    
Tasha DeSerio
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.83 Des

Are you looking for ways to make your summertime meals simpler while satisfying vegetarians and carnivores alike? Are you trying to convince  your family that salads aren't boring but instead can be delicious, interesting  and can act as the main meal?  Author Tasha DeSerio will show you how to do just that with these simple yet sophisticated recipes.  Lighter eaters will enjoy the Herb Salad with Beets, Oranges and Almonds or the Toasted Pita and Arugula Salad with Cucumber, Black olives and Feta while the heartier eaters might gravitate toward Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette and Bacon Lardons. There are plenty of meat and seafood options as well as many vegetarian choices. 

Salads Beyond the Bowl     Salads Beyond the Bowl    
Mindy Fox
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.83 Fox

If you are someone (or know someone) who believes salads are boring and uninteresting this cookbook will prove you wrong. "Colorful, plentiful, and wholesome are how Mindy Fox's salads both look and taste. Gone are salads with limp ingredients and heavy dressings. Fox has managed to reinvent them, making them the center of attention—and rightfully so.  Black Bean Salad with Shrimp and Pickled Onions. Green Melon, Cubanelle Peppers and Ricotta Salata--these are just some of the recipes you will find in this cookbook." (Esther Sung, The Best Cookbooks of 2012 epicurious, 12/14/12 ) Bon Appetit says " If you are looking for ways to make your mixed greens extraordinary check out Fox's advice on what kinds of greens to use, what kinds of oils to keep on hand, different salts and when to use them, how to make quick-and-easy vinaigrettes, and what tools will make your life easier."

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones     Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones    
Kris, Hoogerhyde
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.862 Wal

Salted Carmel, Balsamic Strawberry, Malted Vanilla with Peanut Brittle and Milk Chocolate, Honey Lavender--you will find all these delectable recipes plus all the classics in this irresistible guide from the country's top artisanal ice cream shop, Bi-Rite Creamery.  Take your ice cream making to the next level. Inside this lavishly illustrated cookbook you will find easy to follow step-by-step techniques and a few insider's secrets. Turn your kitchen into a delectable ice-cream shop where you won't have to wait in line.

The Backyard Bartender:55 Cool Summer Cocktails     The Backyard Bartender:55 Cool Summer Cocktails    
Nicole Aloni
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.874 Alo

You are going to need some cool drinks to go along with all those picnics, barbeques and summertime fun so sit back, relax and check out The Backyard Bartender. Unwind with a Spicy Ginger Blush Martini,  an Aromatic Lavender Blush or a Dessert-Inspired Key Lime Pie cocktail. Clearly written and nicely organized with brightly colored photos you will find everything you need to make your summer more fun, your cocktails more interesting and you will impress your friends in the process.

The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking and More     The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking and More    
Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.578 Dee

It's time to fire up that grill and find some new and yummy grilling ideas. The Deen brothers can help you out with recipes ranging from Beer Can Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Pickled Vidalia Onions, Big Fat Garlicky Rib Eye, to Grilled Crab Cake Sammies and Fire Roasted Clams and Mussels. If you are looking for some interesting sides to take along on the picnic try Nutty Pimiento Cheese Balls, NOLA-Style Dirty Rice Salad or Southern Biscuit Cheese Straws. If you still have room you can finish off your meal with Grilled Buttery Pound Cake or More and More S'mores. Gorgeous photographs, mouthwatering recipes and entertaining ideas make this cookbook one you will use all summer long.

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches : recipes, history, and trivia for everything between sliced bread     The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches : recipes, history, and trivia for everything between sliced bread    
Susan Russo
    Adult Non Fiction - 641.84 Rus

Have you ever wondered who invented the Fluffernutter? Or how you keep the Dagwood from toppling over? Do you want some ideas for what to do with those leftover pineapple rings in the fridge? You will find answers to all these questions plus fun history and tempting recipes in this book. This is a reliable, easy-to-use guide for ideas and neglected ingredients. If you find yourself stumped by the question-what's for lunch (or dinner or breakfast) the Encyclopedia of Sandwiches will offer the perfect solution.