Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cook the Book Club: July/August


You would think that a cookbook of salads would make for one boring and unfulfilling potluck, but quite the opposite occurred. A medley of fresh and flavorful salads abounded that included leafy greens, legumes, pasta, potatoes, and fruit. You really need to check this cookbook out! Each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photograph, and the recipes have creative and unlikely flavor combinations. Reserve a copy by clicking here. The only problem that our group encountered was the lengthy amount of preparation time that went into the recipes. Also, some ingredients were expensive, but were easily substituted without compromising any flavors.

Top, left to right: Cooking Light Big Book of Salads, BLT Bread Salad, Candied Walnut, Pear, & Leafy Green Salad.
Middle, left to right: Farmers' Market Potato Salad, Pasta Salad w/Green Beans, Pistachios, & Lemon Thyme, Grilled Peppers & Lentil Salad.
Bottom, left to right: Romano Bean Salad, Romaine Salad w/Balsamic Vinaigrette, Winter Jeweled Salad.


We're trying something different this month by allowing participants to vote for this month's featured cookbook. Stop by the information desk to peruse the three selected titles, then vote for your favorite one by August 6.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Perfect Ten

Happy 10 Year Anniversary 
to The Bookmark!!!

The Friends of the Westside Libraries group is a non-profit organization that raises funds for all four Westside region public libraries, including the Dorris Van Doren Regional Branch library. Funds are raised through donations and sales from their bookstore, The Bookmark. 

The Bookmark is a gem of a used bookstore that sells books, magazines, CDs, and more. Most of the books are in excellent condition, and are even recent bestsellers or popular titles. If you haven't visited the Bookmark, now's the perfect time to go! To celebrate their anniversary, they are having a 50% off sale on everything in the store. Hurry, the sale ends tomorrow, July 21!

They are located at 7348 Remcon Circle, across from the post office.
Phone#: 833-2342
Wednesdays 3pm-6 pm
Thursdays 9am-3pm
Fridays 3pm-8pm
Saturdays 9am-3pm

Check out their great selection! Book and magazine donations are gratefully accepted. You can become a member for only $5 a year and receive 10% off all purchases.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cook the Book Club: June/July

What looked like a good cookbook full of colorful pictures and potluck friendly recipes turned out to be a bit of a miss. Everyone had a hard time selecting a recipe and agreed they didn't much care for the cookbook. Nigella's newest cookbook was oddly organized and many of the recipes contained hard to find ingredients. Nonetheless, good food and conversation was shared by all.

Big thanks to Lizzie for taking pictures!

It's been so hot lately, I doubt anybody has felt like cooking or being near a stove. This month's selection is perfectly seasonal and the latest offering from Cooking Light Magazine. Big Book of Salads contains over 150 recipes for starters, sides, and easy weeknight dinners.

Sign up for this month's potluck by Monday, July 16. By the way, Dorothy had the fantastic idea of bringing several storage containers. We almost always have more than enough food, so feel free to bring your own containers to take home any leftovers.