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On the Calendar:  Wednesday, 4/22/2015 2:00 PM
Cooking with...FLOWERS!: Come join us for a unique Earth Day program... Choudrant Louisiana Author Donna McManus of The Sugared Violet has just published her first cookbook "Spread the Sweetness, Jams and Jellies, no longer just for breakfast!" Donna's recipe book is full of great recipes for jams and jellies... made from local herbs, berries, and flowers. The book gives basic jelly making directions and specific details for making special jams and jellies, accompanied by beautiful color photos of finished products! You will most definitely want to try the Honeysuckle Jelly or the Wisteria Petal Jelly, or at least read about how an expert does it! She is working on a new cookbook now about making desserts from flowers. Come join us and learn what flowers are edible and how to add flowers into your recipes! Calendar

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