Passalong Recipes from the Podge Book Talk

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Many have visited the LSU Hilltop Arboretum to see its extensive collection of Louisiana native trees and shrubs and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature.Over the years, the LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Hodge Podge Nursery has grown to an all-volunteer nursery operation with more than 6,000 plants representing more than 600 species.What many may not know is that the Hodge Podge Nursery volunteers are more than enthusiastic gardeners; they are pretty good cooks too.

Join us in welcoming Janet Forbes, Teri Rome, and Melanie Hirschfeld some of the volunteers who authored the cookbook, “Passalong Recipes from the Podge” for a book talk and book signing on Wednesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Galvez.

The cookbook features a collection of favorite recipes for appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, main dishes, vegetables, sweets, breads, and beverages.Each chapter opens with a typical plant label and features the favorite flowering plants of Emory Smith, a retired postal worker with a passion for native Louisiana plants, who donated the 14-acre Hilltop nature preserve to LSU in 1981.

To register for this program or for more information, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339.