Special/Alternative Diets

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If you have special dietary needs, such as diabetes, nut allergies, gluten or dairy intolerance, it can be difficult to find foods that are “safe” and also taste good.  For many of us, eating out is not really an option. So you have to cook for yourself, but it can be frustrating especially when it seems as if you cannot eat anything that tastes good.  I really missed pizza!  But with some time and a lot of reading, I found many alternatives and hopefully this will help you too.

There are many cookbooks at the library that not only have recipes for people with special dietary needs, but the food is quite good!  Here is a list of some of my favorite cook books and recipes.

  • The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura Russell – The Japanese Curry recipe is really good, especially on a cold winter’s day. I want to try the Gingery Pork Pot Stickers next.
  • The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie Forbes – The Tuscan Potato, Kale & Sausage Soup is a copy cat recipe of a soup from a well-known Italian restaurant. It is pretty tasty.
  • Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger, M.D. – Even if you don’t want to do the cleansing diet, there are some very good recipes in this book. My family and I really enjoyed the Turkey Chili and the Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon. These recipes are gluten and dairy free.
  • Paleo Desserts by Jane Barthelemy – I haven’t had the opportunity to try anything from this book yet but the German Chocolate Cake recipe sounds really good. The author notes that many of the recipes are diabetic friendly and also gluten and dairy free.
  • The Cheesy Vegan by John Schlimm – Dairy-free cheese just doesn’t sound right, but looking through this book may help to change your mind.

Do you have a food intolerance or allergy?  Have you tried any of the recipes from these books?  If so what did you like?  If not, do you have any recommendations or time-saving tips on food preparation?  Please share them with us.

So You Want to Write

writers marketOver the years I’ve found that many people who love to read, also dream of writing a book…myself included.

It seems like it would be a pretty straightforward process.  You sit down, you write, write and write some more.  When you are done you make some edits, send it to a publisher and are discovered as the next great writer of the decade. Continue reading

Find Your Story Here

finding your roots“The history of the world is not complete until your story is told.”  –Unknown

Telling your story may sound like an impossible task.  Where to start – right?  There are seemingly so many areas to cover.

I like to think about this in a different way.  Rather than assembling a group of events, circumstances or situations that have happened to you in your life up to this point, why not turn your focus instead on those who came before you in your family line?  Continue reading

Who are we – why are we here?

Write is a VerbAs you may have recognized, we are rather new to blogging.   Even though we have several entries under our belt, signing-up for the Blogging 101 course seemed like a good idea.  It certainly couldn’t hurt.

To that end, here is a response to the first assignment – a statement of purpose (of sorts).

We’d like for the blog to give the reader a deeper look at things in the library’s collection.  From framed art to that newest hot read or wonderfully obscure title, to piecing together your family tree and discovering you’re related to the first woman to wear slacks in Oregon Territory, we want you to experience the depth of what we have share with you!

We’ll run the gamut of literary topics – books to authors to jacket art and beyond and hopefully sometimes we won’t even write – we’ll share pictures instead.

We want to connect with people who LOVE reading, libraries, books, writers, typeface, silverfish, old-book smell and an unbridled passion for the written word (be it in traditional or eBook format).

We will know that we have done this successfully by gaining new blog followers in leaps and bounds, by encouraging our followers to come and see and use what the library has to offer and most importantly by getting people to read, anything – EVERYTHING they can get their hands on!

–AP