Cookbook for sale
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- The Altar Guild of St. Paul the Apostle Church has compiled a cookbook of 437 favorite recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts. "Come Feast at Our Table of Plenty" can be purchased starting Saturday. The cost is $10 plus $2.50 for shipping. The cookbook is available at the church office or at the Hummel Gift Shop in New Springfield. Proceeds go to the parish building fund.
BOARDMAN -- The annual St. John Greek Orthodox Church "Glendi" Celebration will be from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 to 26. A new feature this year will be barbecued lamb on a spit. The festival features other Greek food, entertainment, and the sale of books and icons.
VIENNA -- Happy Hearts Tamburitzans will sponsor its annual Croatian picnic Sunday at the Strossmayer Picnic Grounds, 4202 Smith-Stewart Road. The gate opens at noon, and the event will feature entertainment all day. A tamburitza is a plucked string instrument that somewhat resembles the mandolin. Donation for the picnic is $3, and a variety of ethnic food will be available.
Pizza in a pinch
Mama Mary premade pizza crust has a lot going for it, not least of which is a crust that has staying power -- it is shelf-stable, though refrigeration will extend its life for several weeks. The pizza dough is shaped with a raised edge to contain the ingredients you add to it. A majority of Chicago Tribune tasters liked its crispy, flavorful crust, though a few preferred a softer crust. A package of two 12-inch crusts or three 7-inch crusts costs about $3.50 at supermarkets.
White Cheddar Cheese Puff Bakes from Barbara's Bakery aren't exactly health food; a 1-ounce serving contains 160 calories and 11 grams of fat. But the all-natural ingredients, including stone-ground white cornmeal and white cheddar, offer some consolation, not to mention a terrific cheesy flavor. Each 5.5-ounce bag costs about $2.50 at natural food stores.
They aren't edible, but Botanical Dreams soaps smell good enough to eat. The beautiful, handcrafted soaps are made by Deerfield, Ill., resident Kelly Gillum, who uses unusual combinations: cucumber lemon grass; poppyseed peppermint; ginkgo rosemary; and honeysuckle peach. Each 4-ounce bar costs about $7 in stores, or on the Web at www.botanicaldreams.com.