Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some of these library links are pretty important IMHO

You can make up your own mind, but instead of pasting all of these on Facebook, I'll put them here, as usual.

Lead Poisoning is causing worry with librarians over the safety of children's books.

Not that I'm not interested in the other stories, but because I work in Serials, the Georgia case is close to home regarding e-resources.

ACRL announces the the recipients of the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

The essay of one of the runners-up of the federated search writing contest

OK, here on in it is food and other stuff . . .

Farm show Cook-Off

Disneyland uses cooking oil to run choo choo trains

Ghirardelli wins award for their semi-sweet baking chips, which contain no dairy and are vegan friendly - I shan't comment on the vegan part, but I do love me some Ghirardelli.

Please don't forget the oceans!! It seems that too many people forget that the oceans need help too and without research, studies, testing and action, we will suffer for it.

Although the words cocaine, Texas and beaches don't often go in the same sentence, this time they did.

I love you and I'll miss you Scharffen Berger!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some light reading

Sam Kass, the Obama's personal chef, is now assistant to the White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.

Calculating carbon footprints can be fun and funny!

Sorghum genome described - could help better the food supply in Africa

China's grain issues might impact world markets

Baby born in library

Who wouldn't want this guide to amputations, operations and some other stuff from the 18th century??

Monday, January 26, 2009

CHOCOLATE!! (among other things)

This event is meant to "exhibit every possible use for chocolate". I love the sound of that!

Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

18th Annual Chocolate Affair

Rhode Island Chocolate Festival

And, because I'm a water baby:

More plastic than plankton in the ocean

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Easy Peasey or what-have-you

Word on the street is that a lot of people are afraid to bake. I'll be the first to tell you that my baked goods are usually pretty ugly, but they are still pretty easy to make. I do have a couple of rules that I personally abide by because I like things the way they are supposed to be.

1. When I make anything that involves melting chocolate, I use the darkest chocolate I can get, and never use milk or semi-sweet to bake with.
2. When I make a crust, I never use Crisco. Pie crust is delicious with just some flour and butter, why muck it up with that oil crap?
3. I do use Crisco in some cookie recipes, but heck, some of the best tasting cookies have Crisco and it isn't like I'm putting an entire tub-o-oleo in it or anything.
4. Yeah I measure stuff, but I am the most imperfect person on the planet so really, an extra drop of bourbon or an extra chunk of chocolate, or a little extra sugar that 'accidentally' falls into the bowl isn't going to kill me, so . . .
5. There are no rules.

I like recipes because I am good at following directions. I don't like when people tell me what to do, but a recipe is different. So, anywho, that's my two cents on baking and scaredy-cats. And, no, you are not getting your money back.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More links and such

Activists are changing the way food is brought to millions of people in need.

Whole Foods' appeal to have the FTC investigate their purchase of Wild Oats Markets is rejected.

For decades, I've known people who chose beer over wine to pair with food. Now, apparently, it is a trend. It will probably die out soon though, as the people who thought it was silly for that dude who drank beer with their fancy dinner come to realize he was ahead of his time!

Chili contest raises money for 'Pig Lips' scholarship, which is for people interested in pursuing agricultural degrees.

Commander's Palace cooking lessons! I want!

You really can get arrested for overdue/unreturned books! See? And here.

Book Buddies program in AZ.

Old Sesame Street rocked!! And they could kick your ass!

Testing for lead leads to ban on anyone under 12 at this library.

VALE's efforts are merged with the OLE project.

Piracy can affect YOU (and the fishing industry) too!!

Deep tidal water resources are being used to create energy.

I love how my tax dollars are used to pay for sand to constantly be hauled to and dumped on rich bitches' beaches!

This program at UNH sounds amazing! The first EcoGastronomy program of its kind.

Big European chocolate business becomes bigger European chocolate business.

My dream event! Chocolate, aquariums and old people!

T-T-ennessee Chocolate Fest!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

First Entry - what else but links?

Another Journal I'll never be published in because I don't know the right people or something.

Oooh, fancy, Social Libraries

Someone out there is looking for the perfect wine accompaniment to your chips and wings. I call it "Fancy Junk".

Book I want about the evolution of kitchens called, coincidentally, The Evolution of America's Kitchens!

If only Albany was closer! I would love to check out the Evolutionary Cooking Series at the State Liberry.

Mmmmm . . . camel milk chocolate

Who doesn't trust archaeological evidence of something? No one I know because it is, like, fact or something.

Old, bad, London Jazz - in a book! Sounds fun!

Holy Shit! The Huffington Post really does suck and obviously hires people who write straight BS and BS only. Maybe journalism needs to be re-defined because the journalists out there are not journalists.