Saturday, March 19, 2011
Is the pizza summit more Eat Pray Love or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?
Only you can decide.
Time: 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Library Meeting Room, Lower Level
Thursday, March 17, 2011
266: total number of books read by teen and adult participants
49: number of books read by teens
130: number of books receiving highest rating from participants (5 out of 5)
4: number of books receiving lowest rating from participants (1 out of 5)
29: most books read by a single Winter Reading participant (Evelyn)
Week 7 winners (previously unannounced): Martha, Catherine, & Patti (each won a $20 gift card to either Classic Cinemas or Dunkin' Donuts)
10: total number of weekly winners
Starting in the second week of Winter Reading, we pulled at least one weekly winner from book entries received up to that point. In weeks 4, 5, and 6 we pulled two winners, and in week 7 we pulled three winners.
2: Grand Prize winners:
Teen winner: Stacy (winner of a $75 Target gift card)
Adult winner: Evelyn (winner of a $75 Target gift card)
Thank you to everyone for participating. Summer reading (A Midsummer Knight's Read) begins in June!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Call No.: 641.8654 WEI
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Generally, I like my desserts to be as glamorous as possible. I prefer tartlets to pie, creme brulee to custard, and macaroons (the fancy, French kind--of course) to drop cookies. Even though they are so hot right now, I don't think I've eaten a whoopie pie since I was ten. After all, they don't put gold leaf and sugared currants on whoopie pies!
Thankfully, when it comes to baking, I'm not such a snob. I'll make anything that doesn't involve a rolling pin or a pastry bag. So when I saw this stylish retro looking cookbook, I decided to embrace the whoopie trend and try making some of my own. It helped that some of recipes had fancypants ingredients like matcha and rosewater which appealed to my inner snob, and fun names like "Fat Elvis" and "The Happy Pilgrim."
This cookbook has mix and match recipes, so you can decide to match different cakes with different fillings. The authors do give you some suggestions. Most of the whoopies I tried were based off their suggestions, though I did go rogue and make a Reese's Peanut Butter cup inspired whoopie. Below are photos of the different whoopies I tried:
This tastes pretty much like the classic whoopie pie that I used to have as a kid. Though I still enjoyed it as an adult, which means it's probably tastier than the Hostess variety.
This is my personal favorite whoopie that I have made. I did notice a mistake in the peanut butter filling. The book calls for "3/4 cup (6 tablespoons) of butter." Really, 3/4 cup of butter is more like 12 tablespoons, but I used 6 tablespoons and the recipe turned out fine.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Check out the paczki recipe and many other traditional Polish recipes in:
Polish Touches: Recipes and Traditions
Call No.: 973.049185 POL
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Paczki recipe on page 181.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So, while not every entry did I love, or even like, I found many fascinating. Favorites include "Tea" where Kerwin discusses the manner in which it was ritualized in Japan and England, which yield two very different perspectives. "Mouches" and "Ogi" delve into the mores and popularity of beauty marks (Mouches) and Japanese folding fans (Ogi). "Pouf" enlightens you on the elaborate hairstyles of the late eighteenth century. "Maraviglia," Italian for "marvels," describes the lengths to which artists would engineer extravagant sights and delights for their princes, including the creation of gelato.
This book would make for a superior gift. With it's unique cover and whimsical illustrations, the book itself is exquisite. It also might be nice to start a "Why I Like It Here" file.
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
You & Your Family -- 031.02 JEN
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