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Snoopy’s Thanksgiving Party!

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November Displays

Find a good book to gobble gobble gobble up at our November displays!

To help you plan and prepare your Thanksgiving feast, we have a great selection of cookbooks on display and available for checkout:

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Also located at the entrance of our library, is our Arthur display celebrating Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the Arthur book series, who was born on November 25, 1946.  Happy birthday, Marc Brown!

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Cook the Book club meeting – SOUPS!

We sure did eat a lot of soup at this month’s Cook the Book book club, centered around the Williams Sonoma cookbook Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year:

 

Our book club members made six delicious soups:

Avgolemono, pg. 15 – Magdalene

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If you love lemon, you will love this soup.  A signature dish of Greece, this rich and lemony chicken and rice soup featured extra flare with edible flowers – a fun touch by Magdalene.  The bright and bold flavors of this soup made it a club favorite.

 

Smoked Trout Chowder, pg. 30 – Anna Marie

Smoked Trout Soup

Anna Marie had to substitute smoked salmon for smoked trout because, although she visited several grocery stores, she could not find any smoked trout.  This soup was also a club favorite.  Aside from the salmon substitution, Anna Marie closely followed the recipe.  The next time she makes this soup, she’s going to puree the ingredients before adding the fish to give a creamier texture to the soup.  Some of us thought that was a good idea and some of us loved the soup just as it was.

 

Vegetable Soup with Anellini, pg. 136 – Cynthia

Vegetable Soup with Anellini

If you pasta aficionados are saying “That’s not Anellini!” – you’d be right.  Cynthia followed the recipe closely, her only change was an Orzo substitution.  This recipe called for 6 tbsp of olive oil, which Cynthia thought was a bit much, but we all loved the flavor and didn’t think the soup was oily at all.  We all agreed this is a fantastic vegetarian dish with a great balance of chunky vegetables and tender pasta.  A great option for a cold day.

 

Angel Hair in Chicken Broth with Tomatoes, pg. 197 – Valerie

Angel Hair in Chicken Broth with Tomatoes

You could really taste each ingredient in this simple yet delicious dish.  The only change Valerie made to this recipe was substituting dried basil for fresh – but this soup still had a bright and fresh flavor.  Delicious!

 

Pumpkin-Ginger Soup, pg. 237 – Rebeca

Pumpkin Ginger Soup

This soup was an all-around fail.  This was the soup I brought to the meeting and as I was preparing it the night before, I saw that there was no mention of when to add the ginger to the soup:

Pumpkin Ginger Soup

Also, 1/4 of a cup of ginger seemed like far too much ginger.  So I cut the ginger down to about 1/8 of a cup.  After preparing and tasting the soup the night before, it had a great ginger flavor.  But by the next day, we couldn’t taste any of the ginger in the soup.  So perhaps 1/4 cup of ginger was just the right amount…  And I left the heavy cream in the fridge at home!  After the meeting, I added heavy cream, more ginger, and a lot of additional seasoning to the leftover soup and it was quite tasty.  But I would not make this particular pumpkin soup recipe again.

 

Turkey-Noodle Soup with Spinach, pg. 270 – Gina

Turkey-Noodle Soup with Spinach

This was a great soup!  Since most of the broth had evaporated, Gina thinks she let the soup cook a little too long but the members enjoyed how the noodles and the vegetables were infused with delicious turkey flavor and we all enjoyed this hearty soup.

 

We had a lot of fun tasting and sharing soups at this month’s meeting.  Please join us for next month’s Cook the Book – GAME DAY!  Sign up at our front desk today!

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Call us at 915-212-0450 or comment down below with any questions or suggestions!

Welcome to our annual spooktacular Halloween Party!

Purple Pumpkin Fest Halloween Flyer

Our Friends of the Library volunteers held a costume contest and sponsored our lovely party.  Thank you, Friends!

We had all kids of adorable, funny, and spooky costumes.  Can you spot the chainsaw below?

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Here’s our librarian Debbie dressed as Princess Leia:

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And here’s our volunteer Monica handing out candy and prizes at our ring toss game:

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We had a cupcake walk and we gave away lots and lots of tasty cupcakes.  If you landed on the winning number, you won a cupcake!

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We have a cupcake walk winner!

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Here’s our paper plate ghost craft:

And our little patrons loved our Halloween coloring pages:

Is that a baby bat dressed up as David Bowie?  I think so!

There was face painting:

She looks just thrilled with her puppy dog face paint!

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What an adorable little strawberry!

Dracula and his smiley little pumpkin sidekick wish you a very happy Halloween!

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And we also had a mini Makerspace:

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We had gears and building blocks and a 3D Doodler Pen!  Just a small preview of our library’s Makerspace program which starts this Saturday, November 4th, from 1 pm to 2 pm.  Here is our current Makerspace schedule:

Saturday – November 4th – 1 pm
Saturday – November 25th – 1 pm
Saturday – December 9th – 1 pm
Saturday – December 23th – 1 pm

Visit us again for some Makerspace fun!

 

A big thank you goes out to all of our patrons who made our Halloween party so memorable with their creativity and enthusiasm. And if you couldn’t make it, make sure you join us next year!

We hope you had a very HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEN!  Boo.

Cook the Book – GAME DAY

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What’s better than watching the game? Enjoying all the game day food!

Join the Cook the Book book club as we prepare recipes from the new cookbook “The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook: 165 Recipes for Eating, Drinking & Watching Sports.”

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This mouthwatering cookbook was created by Daina Falk, the daughter of legendary sports agent David Falk; recipes include both Falk’s original creations and recipes contributed by professional athletes such as LeBron James, Boomer Esiason, Michael Jordan, and many more!

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How to join Cook the Book – and enjoy the game day feast!

  • Chose a recipe from the selected cookbook, located at our front desk, and add your name to our signup list.
  • Then, at our monthly meeting, bring your prepared dish to share – that’s it!

Please make and bring one regular-size recipe – there is no need to double recipes. Recipes should be prepared at home prior to the meeting. The library has a microwave that can be used for re-heating if necessary. And please make sure to bring a serving utensil for your dish. Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided!

Please register before the meeting – Saturday, December 2nd at 1 pm – space is limited!

And please comment down below or call us at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library with any questions or suggestions: (915) 212-0450.

Cook the Book – first meeting!

This past Saturday was the first ever Cook the Book event at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library.  Cook the Book is a book club all about cookbooks!

This month’s featured cookbook, highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month, was “Seasoned With Sun: Recipes from the Corner of Texas and Old Mexico.”  Written by the El Paso Junior League featuring local recipes, the first edition was released in 1974 and the second revised edition was released in 1989:

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We had four participants at our very first meeting –

Celia – Arroz Central Cafe

Rebeca – Borderland BBQ Sauce, with mini sausages

Deborah – Texas Chili

Sharon – Amaretto Cheesecake

*Author’s note: these photos are not my best work because I was busy stuffing my face…*

 

A recipe for rice from the local restaurant Cafe Central, Celia’s Arroz Cafe Central was fluffy and delicious!  The members thought her rice was an excellent side dish that really complimented the other dishes but Celia thought the rice was too bland.  She closely followed the recipe but says she will add many more seasonings when she makes the recipe again.

Deborah added black and brown beans to the Texas Chili recipe.  She thought the size of the finished recipe was too small and needed the beans to round out the dish.  The club members loved the chili and thought the beans were a great addition.

Rebeca’s Borderland BBQ Sauce also had to be modified.  The original recipe called for two large onions.  As the sauce was cooking, Rebeca’s eyes watered from all the onions!  She had to increase the amount the ketchup and sugar in the recipe to counter the overpowering onion flavor.  The members loved the sauce and they suggested using the sauce on chicken wings in the future.  The mini sausages in the Borderland BBQ Sauce were a big hit!

And of course we each had a slice of Sharon’s Amaretto Cheesecake – made with extra Amaretto!  The cheesecake was light and airy and had deliciously soft flavoring, a perfect end to the heavy meal.  Sharon used pancake mix instead of flour and she used a store-bought crust.  And of course, she added extra Amaretto!

 

This first Cook the Book meeting was a hit!  We learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  We’re looking forward to cooking up a recipe from next month’s cookbook, William Sonoma’s “Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.”

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Would you like to join the club?  Stop by the library today to sign up!  And please comment down below or call us with any questions or suggestions, 915-212-0450.