Cookbook Book Club!

Our new Cookbook Book Club starts tonight! It’s labeled as food, fun, and friends! Take out a cookbook (or use one you own), try out a few of the recipes, and bring something you made (along with the cookbook) to the meeting for everyone to try. You’ll have a chance to talk about the cookbook and why you liked it–or didn’t–and hear about other great new cookbooks. You’ll meet other foodies, maybe try some new foods, and hopefully leave here with a full stomach and lots of inspiration!

Give us a call to register. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

(Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to cook anything this time. We’ll have a few samples ready from our own experiments, and instructions for what to do next month. Just come out and meet everyone tonight!)

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After all the turkey and trimmings this week, you might be looking for some great ideas for leftovers and simple dinner prep. We have wonderful cookbooks in our library to offer up some help. Try a one-pot meal, or a slow-cooker recipe so you can spend more time out of the kitchen doing things with the family. Or how about that new Instant Pot your got for Christmas? You’ll want to start experimenting, and we’ve got books that might help.

Our cookbook section is found in the 641 aisle. Take a left turn at the front desk, and find the 600 aisle on the left hand side, and you’ll find lots of great books, new and older.

Do you have any wonderful ideas for those leftovers? Leave a comment with your suggestions and we’ll share!

 

Frivolous Friday!

For some truly frivolous information today, we’re talking about cheeseburgers–specifically the cheeseburger emoji!

Recently, Google came under fire for their cheeseburger emoji, and the controversy went viral. Apparently, the world’s emoji users thought the Google version—with the cheese BELOW the meat—just wasn’t right. They demanded that Google update the character to show the cheese above the meat. And they were taken seriously.

The original tweet by Thomas Baekdal: (cheeseburger images from Emojipedia)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded in a tweet:

 While it seems like a ridiculous argument, the idea of putting the cheese below the meat would mean a soggy, cheesy overflow on the bottom bun, which in the culinary world, just won’t fly. Apparently, Google had a previous issue with a search result for caramelized onions that nearly broke the internet, so the people at Google are taking this (somewhat) seriously.
What will the new cheeseburger emoji look like? We’ll have to wait and see. It should be available in an update and on new devices soon.

Vegetarian, anyone?

We have a lot of great vegetarian cookbooks at the library (like the one above), and we seem to be stocking more each day. With more people choosing a plant-based diet, this has become a popular and healthy trend. If you’re interested in cooking more vegetarian, or just want to see what the fuss is all about, drop by the library and check out a few of these great new cookbooks. Even if you only do a vegetarian meal once a week, your family will be better off for it.

But if you’ve done the full switch to a plant-based life, you’ve probably noticed how hard it is to fit this lifestyle into the every day. Eating out, family meals, school lunches, coffee with friends…all of it becomes more difficult to do, and that can be stressful. I found this interesting article on YesandYes that offers up some tips to eating better and staying sane.

Do you have any great tips for eating vegetarian? Any favourite cookbooks or recipes? Feel free to share them here in the comments. We’d love to hear about them!

To Eat a Salad, or Not?

SaladI like salad. I don’t love it, but I like it. And especially as the warmer months roll around, salad seems to be the thing that I want on my plate more than not. But did you know your reasons for NOT liking salad might be because you’re doing it wrong! I came across this great post on the A Cup of Jo website called “8 Common Salad Mistakes“. And after reading, I’m going to try a few of these to see if they make a real difference.

Most of the suggestions are based on the idea that you’re taking salad with you for lunch, but almost any of the ideas can be applied to a regular meal at home (seriously, salt?!).

Do you have any tips for non-salad eaters that might be useful here? Read through the extensive list of comments on the article and maybe you’ll find a few more tips. I especially love the “non-salad” items as salad. Great tips!

Toblerone Shortbread Recipe

20161221_112306We’ve been munching on this fantastic shortbread all week after one of our staff made some for us as a treat. We wanted to share a nice recipe with you to try!

Toblerone Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup instant dissolving (fruit/berry) sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped Toblerone chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat sugar and butter till fluffy.

Mix together flours and then add to butter mixture with wooden spoon. Mix just until combined. Reserve 60 larger pieces of the toblerone, add remainder to the dough and combine.
Drop 1 rounded tsp onto ungreased baking sheet, flatten slightly, press one chunk of Toblerone onto each cookie.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 mins, let cool slightly before lifting off pan.
Makes about 60 cookies.

Cooking, Revisited

If you’re following food trends these days, people are cooking lighter, eating more raw foods, and enjoying the farmer’s market finds more than ever. If you’re interested in trying out some of this fresh thinking, you might want to drop by the library to pick up a new cookbook that follows one of these trends.

Try any one of these for some clean-eating recipes that are also tasty!

foodWe’ve got all of these and many more available. You can find and reserve them on our website. All you need is your library card and PIN!

http://carletonplacelibrary.ca