Short and sweet post today because I had to work today and got to see my wonderful friend, Deb! (PS, she taught me how to properly jump rope and apparently, I rock at it!)
I’m continuing my “Things I Love Week” in honor valentines day. In case you missed it, so far, I have professed my love to:
Today, is very special because it doesn’t involve cheap furniture or John Mayer. In fact, it doesn’t cost anything at all. Its the Library.
I’ve always had a love affair with the Library. I’ve been very fortunate to have excellent Libraries in my city. Growing up I lived near the Beverly Hills Public library which looks like a Museum.
These days, I frequent the Santa Monica Public Library which I think is actually better than the Beverly Hills one (and I didn’t even think that was possible!).
Its pretty obvious why I love the library. Free books, free dvds (and my libraries have a great selection!), free internet, and the Santa Monica one even has a nice cafe in the middle of it where they have delcious brown rice salads and frozen yogurt!
So really, my post would be rather boring if I just wrote: I love the library because its all good things for free!!!
Right? That would be kind of lame and very “Jew” of me.
So instead, I have thought up of ideas of fun (perhaps even funny) titles of children’s books:
- You Are Different and That’s Bad
- Santa Clause, The Tooth Fairy, and Other Lies your Parents Told You
- The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables
- Strangers Have the Best Candy
- Whining, Kicking, and Crying to Get Your Way
- Pop Goes the Gerbil and Other Great Microwave Games
- It Hurts when I Poop
- Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share
- Horton Hears a Ho!
- The Little Engine That Couldn’t Because He’s A Worthless Bum
- The Secret Garden…in Your Older Brother’s Bedroom
- Who Cares About Disabled People?
So….Any book title ideas you want to share? What do you love about the library?
So once again, here’s a recipe that has nothing do with Libraries. But I love bacon, potatoes, and corn…and this chowder has all the that!
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 4 cups chicken stock (or veggie stock if your vegetarian)
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels (Trader Joe’s makes a frozen roasted kind which I used!)
- 2 medium potatoes, diced into cubes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Ia medium saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring often, until crisp (about 3 to 5 minutes) Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- Add oil, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper to the pot and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the onion mixture and stir to coat. Add broth and milk and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Add corn and potatoes, increase heat to medium-high and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender. Add the crisp bacon before serving and extra salt and pepper to taste. I personally am not a cheese fan, but if you are, this would probably be nice with some cheddar on top right before serving.