Three Things Thursday: Agents of Field, A Veggie Spiralizer, Maine Authors Section at My Library

My weekly tribute to gratitude…

First, the wonderfully snappy blog, Agents of Field, where Agent Ade and Agent Sophie write about their allotment (community garden in the U.S.), vegetables, cooking, and their love of gardening in general. In a recent post, Agent Sohpie extolled the virtues of her veggie spiralizer, which she bought for just over ten pounds at a grocery store. She included a very tasty soup recipe, which featured spiralized zucchini—or courgettes, as they call them across the pond. For quite a while, I had been thinking about buying a veggie spiralizer, and Agent Sophie gave me just the nudge I needed.

This brings my to my second thing to be grateful for—my very own veggie spiralizer. We ordered one from Amazon, and it arrived a few days ago. It’s handheld, cost $13, and works like a charm. Clif and I have been spiralizing like crazy, and last night I made a tasty little salad using zucchini spirals, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pretty tasty!

I really like the idea of using spiralized zucchini or yellow squash in a soup, and as soon as the weather cools down a bit, I’ll use them in soup, too.

Many thanks, Agent Sophie!

Third, and on a completely different note, the Maine Author Shelf at my town’s public library. A month or so ago, Richard Fortin, the director of our library, put together a Maine Author Shelf along the railing in the lobby.Ā  Anyone who goes into the main section of the library passes it, and I’ve been told the books have attracted a lot of interest. My own novel, Maya and the Book of Everything, has been on that shelf, and I happy to report it has been borrowed on a regular basis. But best of all, I have been introduced to books I was unaware of, and here is a picture of three of the most recent books I found on that shelf.

A hint to my blogging friends: Perhaps you could suggest that your library put up a display of books written by local authors. Not only would it give them a boost, but it might also introduce you to books you have not heard of.

22 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday: Agents of Field, A Veggie Spiralizer, Maine Authors Section at My Library”

  1. You are the third person this week who has been praising the spiralizer and now I will order one too! It is a lovely idea for libraries to have a shelf with books by local authors – some bookshops do this as well :o) xxx

    1. You will love it! And, yes, so nice when libraries (and bookshops) prominently feature local authors.

  2. You are SO welcome, Laurie! Thanks for the compliments regarding our blog. Hope you get on well with the spiralizer, they work on all sorts of veggies. (And how excited am I to hear you’re a fellow fiction writer?!)
    S x

    1. ‘Twas my pleasure! Oh, how I love that spiralizer. Have you published a book? If so, what’s the title, genre, etc.?

  3. I had never heard of a vegetable spiralizer. What great ideas. I hope your book is also at the Maine State Library. I think they try to keep books by Maine authors there so they are available to everyone in Maine.

  4. If you lived closer, knowing now that you have a handy dandy spiralizer, I would be leaving you all the many, many, many extra zucchinis growing in the garden for you to spiral into a plethora of summer squash recipes. I do realize in actuality that you only live a mere hour away and you could very well make the trip over, if your trunk was empty, and fill up. Open invitation.
    Glad to hear that your book is being taken off the shelf and read….perhaps the reader is stretched out beneath a big shade tree, cold glass of lemonade near by, book in hand and lost in its tale.

    1. Thanks so much for the offer of zucchinis and the kind words about my book. Who knows? Perhaps we’ll make the trek sometime soon.

  5. Nice link to the other blog, and you provided me an opportunity tto learn something new because i’ve never heard of a spiralizer. I always applaud local authors and their tenacity to finish a project like writing a book. šŸ™‚

    1. Those spiralizers are a wonder, they are! I can’t wait to use spiralized zukes in soup. Yummy and healthy!

  6. Glad that the spiralizer is giving you new inspiration for meal preparation. Over the years, enthusiastic friends have given us various kitchen gadgets, including a type of spiralizer. I’m not much into gadgets and usually pick up a knife instead. I’m not sure that I agree with the invention of the wheel either. šŸš—šŸšŒšŸš“šŸšŸš›šŸš‘ Look where that has gotten society. šŸ¤”

    Libraries are fascinating places. I like the idea of local one’s supporting local writers.

    1. We all have to decide what to bring into our lives and homes. The veggie spiralizer makes dealing with the glut of zukes so much easier. Best $13 we ever spent. šŸ˜‰

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