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Thinking about going to culinary school? Just looking to find out about what it's like to work in the food service industry? SJCPL has a number of books that can help you learn about what being a professional chef really entails. Check our shelves for the following titles:

SJCPL Staff Cooks: Recipes, Tips, and More!

Staff Tips:

  • Use lemon juice to get the smell of fresh fish off your hands.
  • Need to make substitutions in a recipe? Give The Joy of Baking or The Cook's Thesaurus a try for helpful hints and tips about how to make substitutions work for you.
  • In a hurry to fix dinner, but still want to serve your family something homemade? Try the Kraft Interactive Kitchen or for meals straight from your pantry.
  • Look at's Food Guides for more information about cuisines of the world or special diets.

Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Truffles

(from Hershey's Kitchens)

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cocoa or powdered sugar or chopped nuts

Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa; stir until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk; cook and stir constantly until mixture is thick, smooth and glossy, about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cover; refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or until firm. Shape into 1 1/4-inch balls; roll in cocoa, powdered sugar or chopped nuts. Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 2 hours. Store covered, in refrigerator. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen candies.

Interested in the health benefits of chocolate? Check with the Mayo Clinic.

Farmer's Market

Visit the Farmer's Market for fresh, seasonal produce!

1105 Northside Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46615

Open Year-round

Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (May through September)
Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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