Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Munchies at the SSC Library

The following is the weekly column published in the Dakota County Star.

March is a crazy month, with the big college basketball tournament.  The library would like to help you get ready for all that television time, with March Munchies, the March edition of Library Eats on Thursday March 13th at 6:30 p.m.

“Orphan Train” Book Discussion:  The library will host a discussion of the book Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline on Monday night March 10th at 6:30 p.m.  Orphan Train: a novel is the One Book One Siouxland selection for 2014. 

Technology Classes:  Our tech schedule for this week is Monday:  E-book Reader 3:00 p.m., Microsoft Word I 5:00 p.m., E-Book Reader 6:00 p.m., Tuesday:  Windows I 10:00 a.m., E-book Reader 12:30 p.m., Setting up an Email Account 2:00 p.m., Windows 2 3:00 p.m., Wednesday:  Pinterest Basics 10:30 p.m., Thursday:  Learn Your Library Webpage 11:00 a.m., Setting up an Email Account 2:00 p.m., Facebook Basics 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday 5:00 p.m., and E-book Reader 6:00 p.m.

 Youth Programming:  Monday:  Preschool Story Time 1:30 p.m., Monday Movie 4:00 p.m., Tuesday:  Night of Fun 6:30 p.m., Wednesday:  Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., Lego® Club grades 3rd through 6th (preregistration required) 6:30 p.m., Thursday:  Pat-a-Cake Pals 10:00 p.m., Friday:  Toddler Time 10:00 a.m., and Saturday Movie 11:00 a.m.

Appetizers:  If you attended March Munchies and you still need more appetizer ideas, check out these titles.

Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky  Bacon Nation is a bacon-lover's dream, a collection of 125 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes that go right through the menu.” They have starters like Spiced Nuts with Bacon and many other appetizers and swizzlers.

The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch “Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are America’s foremost organic gardeners—and authorities. Barbara is the author of The Garden Primer, and Eliot wrote the bible for organic gardening, The New Organic Grower. Today they are the face of the locavore movement, working through their extraordinary Four Season Farm in Maine. And now they’ve written the book on how to grow what you eat, and cook what you grow. The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook is two books in one. It’s a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes from Barbara, a master cook as well as master gardener, who shows how to maximize the fruits—and vegetables—of your labors, from Stuffed Squash Blossom Fritters to Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables to Hazelnut Torte with Summer Berries.”- from the catalog description.  It contains a section dedicated to sandwiches and appetizers.

Cast Iron Skillet by Sharon Kramis “The cast iron skillet gets hotter and stays hotter than any other pan in your kitchen.  Meat browns better, vegetables get sautéed rather than steamed, braised dishes benefit from the even heat, and dessert concoctions turn out with a yummy glaze that's to die for.  This collection has a section dedicated to cast Iron Skillet appetizers.

If you liked Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, try some of these titles

Miss Morissa:  Doctor of the Gold Trail:  a Novel by Mari Sandoz.  A young pioneering woman doctor sets up her practice on the Nebraska frontier of the 1870s.

Grasshopper Summer by Ann Warren Turner.  A pioneer family leaves Kentucky to seek a new life in the Dakota Territory only to face back-breaking toil, hardship, and disaster in the form of a swarm of grasshoppers.

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.   Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night.  Have a great week.

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