Archive for October 2007

Ginny’s Favorite Cookbooks

October 30, 2007

pot-and-bowls.jpg  Cooking takes time and when I have the time I love spending the day in the kitchen. That happens about twice a year! Every other day of the year cooking comes at the end of a day’s work -which usually means home at six then cook; eat by seven and clean up by eight. It’s a routine that does not inspire elaborate meals! That’s why, when I get the chance, I love to read cookbooks that will inspire and keep the cooking process ‘fresh’, enjoyable and easy! The “e” words being the most important!Because cooking has to fit into my lifestyle I’m always on the lookout for cookbooks or recipes that fit into my timeframe. Recently I’ve run across two cookbooks that are filled with recipes I can make and have on the table within 30-40 minutes, yet are delicious and fun to make. 

barefootcontessa.gif  At the top of the list, barefoot contessa at home by ina garten. (The title/author information is all lower case, that’s not an error!) The pictures alone instantly ignite the cook within!  Pictures of Garlic and Herb Tomatoes, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Piccata literally spoke to me! 

The first recipe I tried was the Garlic and Herb Tomatoes because the gardens I tended this summer produced a lot of tomatoes, making tomato recipes particularly appealing.  This one takes about five minutes, uses whatever cherry tomatoes you have on hand and the results are very satisfying plus it looks great on a plate!

Chicken Piccata is another yummy discovery and easily fits into a 20 minute preparation time limit. A short list of ingredients adds to the appeal.

This is one book that will definitely appear on my Christmas wish list! 

justonepot.gif  A close runner up, Just One Pot, offers a variety of options, all simple to make with preparation times of 20 minutes to two hours. 

One of my favorite recipes (so far) is the Pork, Sweet Potato and Apple Bake. It takes 15 minutes to prepare, has a 40 minute cook time, combines great flavors, looks good on a plate and tastes great! You’ll find other greats including: Green Curry with Chicken and Green Beans, Vegetarian Chili Supreme and Lamb Tagine with Raisins, Almonds and Honey! 

This is a fun book to read and with over 300 recipes to choose from there is something for just about everyone! It too will appear on my Christmas wish list!

What cookbooks inspire the cook within you?

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Christmas Gift Ideas from Your Local Library!

October 23, 2007

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Are you looking for unique gift ideas this holiday season? Visit MPL! If you have friends and family who live close to Muncie, but not within Center Township, you can purchase a county card gift certificate which they can redeem for a Library card. The cost varies for 6 month to 12 month cards and for individuals and families.

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Another unique gift idea is a set of J. Ottis Adams notecards, available at all MPL locations. These $5 notecard sets are unique to Muncie and feature historical Hoosier art.

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Your friends can forget about the paper vs. plastic debate when they receive a canvas tote or two which you can purchase from the Friends of Muncie Public Library. These heavy duty totes are cream and blue and feature sturdy webbed nylon handles. The totes are $10 each and available at any Library location. Your purchase supports the Friends, who support programs and services at Muncie Public Library. So you get a useful gift for a friend, the Friends get your support-and the Library benefits. Definitely a win-win (and win) situation!

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It’s Christmas Craft Time @ Maring-Hunt!

October 23, 2007

close-up-of-two-christmas-decorations-snowmen-1765475.jpg  Teens and tweens come make a Christmas Craft. We’ve got the supplies, you bring your creativity! You can learn how to create Christmas Crafts and Gifts in the Fort at Maring-Hunt on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

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Come Knit with Us!

October 23, 2007

 yarn.jpgWhat’s a purl? How do you purl? Find out at the Teens Knitting event at Carnegie Library on Tuesday, November 6 at 4 p.m. Grab some needles and yarn and try your hand at this old fashioned skill that is so popular again. Teens (girls and guys) in grades 6 through 12 can attend.

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You might just get hooked on this slow paced and creative pastime!

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Magic Tree House After School Book Club

October 19, 2007

i_magictreehouse.gif Sign up for the Magic Tree House Book Club at Carnegie Library! The club will be held every Monday in November from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids in K-2 will enjoy reading together as we explore the exciting Magic Tree House book Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne. In addition to reading a GREAT book, kids will enjoy activities, crafts and fun! Call 765.741.5158 to sign up TODAY!

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Depression Support Group:

October 18, 2007

   It started with a book discussion focusing on post-partum depression. It has turned into a Depression Support Group offering hope and caring to anyone who would like to join. Down Came the Rain, is the memoir of post-partum depression written by Brooke Shields. Her book was the basis for a support group that began meeting at Carnegie Library in September. The group expanded to include any individuals who are struggling with depression or have had loved ones touched by depression.  Leading the group discussions are caring people from Delaware County Mental Health Association, a part of Mental Health Association America of Indiana. 

****The group meetings have ceased at this time. If they resume, we will let you know! ***** 

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College Café

October 11, 2007

cup of coffeecup of coffeecup of coffee Meet with friendly people from Ivy Tech and Muncie Community Schools @ Carnegie Library on Thursday, October 18 from 2 – 4 p.m. or Thursday, November 15 from 2 – 4 p.m.

It’s a relaxed atmosphere and free refreshments will be served, along with plenty of helpful advice on earning a GED, enrolling for college classes and how to get financial aid.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about your future, but didn’t know where to start or how to get the answers you need. College Café is a great place to start.

Call Lorraine Munson @ 765.741.5157 for more information.

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