Food and Beverages

For Tonight’s Dinner, One Dish is All You Need!

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by HylaryL

Chicken Gratin In the thick of the holiday season, having the time to make a healthy and delicious dinner can often seem impossible. So why not cut yourself a break and keep things simple by cooking up a one-dish meal? These “all in one” entrees are typically easy to make, cost effective and surprisingly tasty! We have loads of cookbooks in the library dedicated to one-dish meals, . . . more »

What Rhymes with Fish?

Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 by HylaryL

Crusted cod Delish! Lots of us enjoy fish when we go out to eat, but are nervous about preparing our finned friends at home. Will I overcook it? How do I season it? What about bones? These are all questions that enter your mind if you’ve never cooked fish before. Often, people will avoid cooking seafood at home all together, missing out on countless healthy and delicious . . . more »

Remembering Judy Rodgers

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by fillups

Chef Judy Rodgers Chef Judy Rodgers, one of the chefs who made the Bay Area a culinary landmark, passed away on December 2, 2013. When Judy Rodgers took over the Zuni Cafe she transformed the southwestern style eatery into a showcase for the simple elegant food that characterizes California Cuisine. While Rodgers was clearly influenced by her work at Chez Panisse with the legendary Alice Waters, she developed . . . more »

Go Nuts!

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by HylaryL

Nuts "Eat nuts, live longer" is the title of an article recently published by CNN reporting on a study conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School looking at the health benefits of regularly consuming nuts. The study found that, of the thousands of participants, those who ate nuts seven or more times a week had a 20% lower death rate, and lower rates . . . more »

The Perfectly Pleasant Persimmon

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by HylaryL

Persimmons Persimmons are definitely one of the benefits of autumn in California. A fruit that many have never even heard of, this delicious, orange delicacy is most commonly found in two varieties, the heart shaped Hachiya and the flat-bottomed Fuyu. The Hachiyas can be a little dangerous; they need to be very ripe before eating (otherwise your mouth will go numb for a few minutes). The . . . more »

Fight the Flu with Food!

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 by HylaryL

Vegetable Literacy *cough cough* Cold and flu season is here! Most of us turn to flu shots and vitamin C to stave off these yucky germs, but did you know that some foods might also help you keep sickness at bay? Check out this article from Cooking Light magazine that highlights some of the foods you can eat to boost your immune system. Also take a look . . . more »

Cookie Monster Would Eat This Blog Post

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Nichole_TeenLit

Slice & Bake Cookies I love cookies. They are so versatile and easy to make from scratch. They are great to cook with your kids, family and friends. They can be thin and crispy, gooey and chewy, it really doesn't matter, and almost all cookies are delicious. Lately there have been some great cookie cookbooks; here is a sprinkling of my favorites. Cookies are important, even Cookie Monster thinks . . . more »

Become a Health Superstar with Superfoods!

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by HylaryL

Superfoods A lot of us who are interested in health and nutrition have heard the word “superfood” floating around in recent years. On TV, on the radio, online, health experts seem to be talking about these superfoods and their health benefits all the time. But what are superfoods, exactly? A superfood is described as a food product that is low in calories but high in nutrients . . . more »

Eat With Your Hands

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Handheld Pies Like to eat out of hand? Try Handheld Pies: Dozens of Pint-sized, Sweet & Savories by Sarah Bilingsley. Lots of yummy recipes like peanut butter & jelly or chicken relleno pie. Some of the mini-pies are even freezable so you can have a little piece of pie ready to go anytime! Other cookbooks to try: Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes by Dani . . . more »

In the Kitchen with Kids

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Morgan_Hill_Kids

Cooking with kids is a great way to spend time together, practice early math skills and teach them an essential life skill. If you're lucky, your kids may soon be cooking you breakfast in bed! Here are some great cookbooks for kids available at the library: Cookbooks for Kids Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen A classic cookbook for preschoolers. Easy Cookbooks for Kids series by . . . more »