It’s summer time; are you ready for the avalanche of tomatoes and zukes heading to your table? Hmmm, what to make? How about some blueberry pie? Peach? Tomato tarts?
If you want to pick blueberries now or find apples in the fall, visit http://www.pickyourown.org/NH.htm or www.visitnh.gov. If you’d like to locate fresh produce, flowers, cheese and baked goods and avoid the fields, find farmer’s market locations and times at http://www.nhfma.org/ , the New Hampshire Farmer’s Market Association website.
Now let’s hunt for some recipes in cookbooks, featuring New Hampshire and New England food, found in the NHTI Library collection:
With a forward by New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor, Helen Brody writes about our farms and compiled recipes for wonderful dishes, such as Connecticut River Cheesecake (p. 44) in New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen with a two-page write-up for 30 farms along with 118 recipes.
Let’s not overlook our lakes. Jeannette Buell and Daryl Thompson collected recipes and published Hungry for Summer: a Unique Collection of Favorite Recipes from the Island Residents of Lake Winnipesaukee. This book screams picnics, barbecues and summertime fun. Recipes include Six-Week Cole Slaw (p.113) that will keep in the refrigerator submitted by Dot Pangburn and Bear Island Blueberry Scones(p. 46). Peek at Bo Derek! (p. 182)
Sheryl Julian, a Boston Globe columnist, released an updated edition of The New Boston Globe Cookbook: More than 200 Classic New England Recipes, From Clam Chowder to Pumpkin Pie in 2009. Julian writes and edits the Globe food pages; find her current recipes at: http://search.boston.com/local/Search.do?s.sm.query=picnic+picks&s.tab=recipes
In this classic New England cookbook, she presents recipes to highlight New England’s cuisine. Beautiful photographs of the region and the dishes accompany the editor’s description and history of the recipes. You might try Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins (p.124) for yourself.
Brody, H. (2004). New Hampshire: from Farm to Kitchen. New York: Hippocrene Books. TX725 .B8491315
Buell, J. & Thompson, D. (2010). Hungry for Summer: A Unique Collection of Favorite Recipes from the Island Residents of Lake Winnipesaukee. Denver: Outskirts Press. TX715 .B9455 2010
Julian, S. (Ed.). (2009). The New Boston Globe Cookbook. Guilford, CT: Three Forks, 2004. TX715.2 .N48 J85 2009.