My family and I just took advantage of this terrific, autumn weather by going camping this past weekend. We usually go camping in a State Park several times a year, and have turned our packing into a routine. We just throw some clothes, matches, tent, chairs, toys, scooters, and sleeping gear into the car and head out. And if the kids are good, we even bring some food.
Where has 2011 gone? When I was little and adults told me "time flies when you’re a grown up," I thought they were making that up. Now I know that they were right, and I want to find a pause button or at least an option to make certain times go slower than others. But alas, there is no slow option for life – except for when you’re flying anywhere – time always seems to crawl when you’re on a plane.
I was flipping through the entries for the current week of Chases Calendar of Events 2011, and found out that Thursday, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. The entry says, "A day for the family to remember the making, baking, and eating of nutritious homemade bread." This sounds like a day that I will enjoy because I love bread. I am particularly fond of breads that probably aren’t all that nutritious, such as zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, and beer bread...
The International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! They annually celebrate the most outstanding food and beverage publications. The association created this awards program to encourage and promote quality and creativity in cookbook writing and publishing, and to expand awareness of culinary literature.
Fall is here and winter is creeping up on us. The colder the weather, the better I like it. I am assuming some of you would disagree?
Every winter, I think of soup. It takes me back to my childhood. Soup, soup and more soup, what can I say? I looked for a website specifically for soup, but could not find one. This is another good reason to go to your local library. First reason is obvious. Libraries rule. We (I mean libraries in general) specialize in information and have been doing so for over a thousand years.
"Aunt Linda Doesn't Eat WHAT?" And Other Holiday Cooking Fun
It's that time of year again: The Holidays. Thanksgiving is this week (!!!) and Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Saturnalia, and a whole bunch of other celebrations are right around the corner.
If your holidays go anything like mine, then you are probably cooking a huge family dinner or three. It's also at the last minute that you find out your meal for six is actually for 14, that your distant cousin Francis is now on a gluten-free raw Paleolithic diet, or that Uncle Joe has unfortunately developed diabetes. That's when I have to hit the books.
Were you born cooking? Or, maybe you’re interested in cooking but lack experience? It’s not necessary to be a professional chef to be able to prepare a delicious meal for your family. Your public library can provide the perfect cookbooks to help you whip up something delicious.
I'm not a cookbook collector. Although, I do have a stack of old canning manuals and revered tomes like The Joy of Cooking—I don't relish digging through dusty flea market finds for the perfect cookbook. I am, however, a cookbook looker. I love the new library books with the awesome photographs, even imagining myself as a food stylist, gleaning tips for my own portfolio of sparkling holiday meals.