Picnic Like It’s 1914!

museumAre you ready to Picnic Like It’s 1914? July 12 from 12-4pm go to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for live music, children games and activities, photo booth, and more! Stop by from 12-1pm and see Wayne Cavanagh from Jack FM!

If you haven’t been to the museum, what are you waiting for? It’s such a fun place to visit and the people are so friendly, you’ll go back often. And who wouldn’t want to picnic like it’s 1914?

Surprise!

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We’ve been hearing for years about the dangers of too much fat in our diets. Even the sound of low-fat donuts by local baker Healthy Food Technologies is enough to bring about a flood of excitement. Hooray! Low fat donuts! But how much fat is too much?

The new book by Nina Teicholz called THE BIG FAT SURPRISE: WHY BUTTER, MEAT & CHEESE BELONG IN A HEALTHY DIET delves into the idea that we really do need fats in our diet. I must say, Teicholz seems to have really done her research. The last 100+ pages are works she’s cited in her quest to come up with the most relevant information. It’s not an easy read, but then, if you’re really interested in your health and want to have a broad knowledge of the latest research, this should be on your to-be-read list. You can read more on her website about the idea here.

If you’re interested in reading this book, drop into the library and check it out. While it looks like the meat, butter, and cheese are useful overall, they are only good in moderation. But does that surprise you? Even the healthiest of foods can have negative repercussions if you eat too much. The best choice is to be wise about what you put into your mouth. The only thing making you fat…is you.

Do You Glow?

A lot of people are getting into the vegan lifestyle. Maybe it’s just that summer is around the corner and we’d all like to be a few pounds lighter for shorts/bathing suit season, but it’s also because a lot of us are looking to get healthier. And healthier means more fruits and veggies, plain and simple.

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We’ve had many new cookbooks show up at the library recently with lots of wonderful recipes, including vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. One of the prettiest ones lately has been the OH SHE GLOWS cookbook by Angela Liddon. It is a compilation of recipes from her popular food blog by the same name, and it was the photos and straight-forward ingredients that caught my eye.  But I’m a bit of a pushover when it comes to recipes.

While I love to cook, finding the time to whip up a recipe when I get home from work just isn’t on my radar. I might experiment on the weekend, but I’m sure there are many people out there just like me. And recently, I noticed on Liddon’s blog that she is concerned about the same problem later this year when her baby arrives.  I must say it made me feel better to hear someone else admit they might not have time to put together such healthy foods every single day.  It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, but it’s okay not to accomplish it all the time.  I’m giving myself permission.

If you’re interested in some of the new ideas for healthy eating, come in and check out our latest selection of cookbooks and magazines.  You might find a few new healthy staples to add to your meal preparation!

Published in: on May 28, 2014 at 3:46 am  Comments (1)  
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Would You Like Something to Read With That?

Have you ever found yourself in a fast food restaurant with no one to talk to and nothing to read? Author Jonathan Safran Foer found himself in just such a position while eating at Chipotle one day. He wondered why there weren’t interesting things to read on the cups or bags, and decided to approach the company about his great idea.  And they loved it! 

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Starting this week, those visiting the US food chain will begin to see the fabulous cups and be able to read a short essay from a famous author, screenwriter, actor or comedian. Participants include Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell and Judd Apatow. If you’d like to read more about the project and a couple of the essays, drop by this great Vanity Fair article. We can only hope more restaurants will pick up on this unused space to enrich our lives while we eat.

 

 

http://firewireblog.com/2014/05/20/chipotle-puts-short-stories-by-famous-authors-on-its-cups/

 

Published in: on May 21, 2014 at 3:32 am  Comments (3)  
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What do YOU eat?

For our Frivolous Friday post, I came across a fascinating article about what people around the world eat each day. Photojournalist Pete Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio have documented the photos and information into a new book called WHAT I EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS.

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Not only is the calorie count amazing for some people, but you get a glimpse at what other foods people eat each day. Take a good look. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was! You can read the article and see many of the photos right here!

 

Published in: on May 9, 2014 at 3:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Book Club with a Twist!

Book club meetings and food seem to go hand in hand. After all, if you’re sitting with a group of people discussing the latest piece of literary fiction, it’s nice to have something to nibble on. (Or, if you’re like a friend of mine and didn’t quite finish the book, she thinks a button which reads “I’m just here for the coffee” would be appropriate.) But lately, more and more book clubs are pairing their food/beverage choices with the theme of the book.

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I came across this wonderful Christmas idea of hosting a book club based on Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. And after, or during, you serve plum pudding! The Yes and Yes blog hosts Alicia from Jaybird, where she tells the tale of making the pudding and shares the recipe…with lovely pictures, too!  I want to go home and make this right now! They’ve done quite a few interesting book/food combos in the past, so if you’re looking for more ideas, take a look at their Read//Eat series here.

Eat, drink, read, and be merry!

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