Susan Dromey-Heeter's Budget Vogue -- Summer bliss: books, beach baking ...
I recently found Mary Roach's "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" at the Full Circle Thrift Shop in Eliot, Maine. Who knew cadavers could be so interesting, curiously fascinating and really amazing in their after-lives? Really.
"What is beach baking?" you ask. When I write my own cookbook - which you might find at an exchange someday - it will be titled "Beach Baking" and will have three recipes: for melted M&M's, warmed chocolate chip cookies and the grand finale: warmed goat cheese on a French baguette.
1. Place bag of M&M's/chocolate chip cookies/goat cheese and French baguette on a small table you've brought to the beach.
2. Allow the ingredients and yourself to melt in the sun.
4. Bask in the joy of a full stomach under the sun. On the beach. Listening to the surf. Ahhhh ... bliss.
You are invited to try out these recipes before my book comes out. I am in the process of looking for a publisher. It may be awhile.Finally, another book I never would have known about had I not found it at Full Circle Thrift is "Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cake and Other Kitchen Stories." Written by NPR's "Weekend Edition" food commentator, Bonny Wolf, this is a fun, laugh-out-loud read. Initially I thought it would be filled with words like "organic," "caviar," "truffles" and "bouillabaisse," but instead Wolf's chapters include: "Tied to My Apron Strings" (a tribute to aprons) and "An Ode to Toast."
Now that's summer at its best: a cheap book, good food, great beach, sun.
Susan Dromey-Heeter's "Budget Vogue" regularly appears the first Sunday of each month in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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