FOG Cookbook combines best recipes with photographic tour of gardens

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Members of the FOG Cookbook Committee, all of them gardeners, include Joan Bowen, Debi Hunget, Jan Hayden, Pat Swackhammer, Angela Keith and MaryFran Digirolamo.

If you’ve ever wondered what gardeners do with all those home-grown ingredients, you might get some insights from a new cookbook that should be available in time for the annual Master Gardeners of Greene County Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28.
A limited number of cookbooks will be available at the Botanical Boutique inside the botanical center. FOG members typically receive a 10 percent discount in the gift shop.
More than 300 recipes are included in the publication, along with photos of the gardens. Categories include appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes,main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy, this and that. MaryFran Digirolamo has even prepared a list wines to go with certain dishes.
Aaron J. Scott stunningly photographed the Hosta Garden tree canopy for the cover and several photographers contributed the images inside., which includes a history of the gardens. Price for the cookbook is $19.99, with proceeds going to the Friends of the Garden. A limited press run of 500 has been ordered from Morris Cookbook Publish Co. Shipping is available.
“We’re blessed with members and friends who have many talents, and that includes cooking,” says Lisa Bakerink, executive director. “Anyone who comes to any of our events knows gardeners take their food seriously.”
“Collecting and formatting more than 300 recipes is a tremendous amount of work by these volunteers.”
Members of the committee, all of them gardeners, include Joan Bowen, Debi Hunget, Jan Hayden, Pat Swackhammer, Angela Keith and MaryFran Digirolamo.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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