The library is closed today for Memorial Day, and will reopen on Tuesday at our regular hours. Last Saturday was the last day to sign up for our summer library programs, but if you've missed the deadline you can call and ask to be placed on a waiting list. You can also call the library for more information.
The first official first day of summer may be nearly a month away, but temperatures are rising! With all the heat still to come, no one wants to stand near a hot stove, or really be in the kitchen very long. This week’s Port Pick will be sure to help you continue home cooked meals with less time and effort, provided you own a pressure cooker. Delicious Under Pressure by Meredith Laurence is an updated cookbook filled with recipes designed for the pressure cooker. Ms. Laurence runs the gamut of the menu from soups, pasta, and meat dishes, to vegetarian dishes, grains, breakfast, and even dessert. There is a short section at the beginning for cooks new to using a pressure cooker, but it’s still a good idea for the home cook to be fully comfortable using their own appliance before tackling the recipes in this book. Not every recipe has a corresponding color photograph, but there is an appetizing picture every few pages. Along with over 120 recipes are also sprinkled helpful tips and tricks in each section, specific to the ingredients used. The flavors in each of the sections have been updated to include ingredients not seen in many dishes until fairly recently, like quinoa, leeks, or miso. The recipes are designed for a new electric 6 qt. pressure cooker or larger, but instructions are included for other situations. So, if you’ve been using the pressure cooker for a while this book will be an excellent update to your cuisine.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was Delicious Under Pressure by Meredith Laurence, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”