cookbook4.jpgIf you’re like most people, you’re interested in food. We have a lot of great cookbooks at the library, but we can’t keep them all. In order to make room for new selections like the ones above, we have been weeding our shelves. If you drop by the library this week or next, you might find a few great books on our sale table. But don’t wait…they won’t be around forever! (They’re only 25 cents, so people are grabbing them up by the armload!)

Happy cooking!

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.


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!

Have you started your Christmas baking?

As I write this, my co-worker Judi is probably in her kitchen starting her Christmas baking.  I can almost smell the shortbread wafting in the air. I think it will be a few weeks yet before I start mine, but I am already planning for a few new recipes.  I am the type who would make brand new things each year if I could, but most of the people I will be baking and cooking for would prefer some tried and true recipes, old favourites.  They don’t like it when I venture out and try to make it a little more exciting.  But this year, I am going to try for both.  I’ll make a few standards and also a few new and exciting recipes.

I always sit down with my Christmas cookbooks when I’m planning and try to think of all the opportunities I’ll have, all of the meals that I could be cooking for, and all of the people who might drop by on the spur of the moment.  I want to be ready with a fabulous tray of cookies and warm apple cider in case someone comes by during a snowy afternoon.  I want to have the perfect meal to celebrate the holidays, that perfect little holiday party fare.

In reality, I never have a holiday party, and people rarely drop by unexpected.  We seem to do most of the “popping in” during the holidays, so I rarely need all this food.  But it is nice to dream.

If you are looking for some new recipes, we are always getting new cookbooks into the library.  There are many Christmas or Thanksgiving themed books to help out with those meals specifically, but you might also find a great recipe in a BBQ recipe book.  We subscribe to Bon Appetit magazine, so you can always find something in there that is a little off the beaten track, but surely delicious!

So what are you planning for Christmas?

Bubble Tea, Sushi and a Stone Bowl

Bubble Tea

Lately, we’ve seen more and more Asian influence popping up in restaurants in the vicinity of Carleton Place. Within a half hour drive, you can have Chinese food, Thai food, Cambodian food, Japanese food, or Korean food. It would be nice to add a Vietnamese place to the list, but I don’t know of a good one yet. And now, on our main street, we have Bubble Tea! Some of us at the library are excited to try it, and others have been less enthralled by the idea, but we’ll see what happens.

I am a big fan of sushi lately, but have not tried to make it a home. And the Korean stone bowl is one of my favourites, with kimchi on the side. Yum! However, there are lots of great cookbooks out there to provide step-by-step instructions for all kinds of Asian food. Try:

Madhur Jaffrey’s Step-By-Step Cooking

But what about dessert? I’m a dessert person and although I enjoy the little fortune cookies or orange slices that you get traditionally at the end of a meal, I always thought there should be something more. I came across a fabulous site that does just that….makes traditional sushi with very untraditional ingredients. It’s dessert sushi!

Twinkie Sushi!

Ice cream Sushi!

You can read the whole article on a blog called Not Martha. She has some wonderful links there to different kinds of dessert sushi. You can even order chocolate sushi. How fun!

So maybe I can enjoy a trip to a restaurant and come home to chocolate sushi and my night would be complete.