Cookbook Club - Next meeting May 7th

At yesterday's meeting (March 5th) of the Cookbook Club, the group brought dishes made from Jamie Oliver's One: Simple One-Pan Wonders. We sampled 2 pasta recipes and one dessert. Even though the recipes had few ingredients, we found that there was a bit of a disconnect between what is easily obtainable in the US versus the UK. (We all had to make some substitutions.) Even though these were "one-pan" recipes, we found that we needed to use multiple bowls during the prep process. However, everyone seemed to enjoy the recipes they tried.

We also set the dates/titles of Cookbook Club meetings for the rest of 2024 (all meeting times are 6pm):

Meeting date



May 7

Fix It with Food

Michael Symon

July 23

SkinnyTaste Simple

Gina Homolka

September 24

Dinner’s Ready!

Ree Drummond

November 5

Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook

America’s Test Kitchen

Our next meeting will be May 7th at 6pm in the LME Library's large meeting room. The cookbook is Fix It With Food: Every Meal Easy by Michael Symon and copies are available at the front desk. You can try or peruse the recipes then create one and bring it to our May 7th meeting. If you love to cook or try new recipes, please join us!

Here's the summary: "Award-winning chef Michael Symon delivers more than 120 simple, beyond-tasty dishes for anyone sensitive to inflammation or suffering from autoimmune issues... Start with a 10-day, 30-recipe reset to help you assess what your triggers are (flour, meat, sugar, or dairy). Then, turn the page to discover a whole new collection of creative, healthy, super flavorful dishes, from nutrient-packed smoothies to hearty stews and steak dinners to overnight oats that avoid your trigger ingredients. Readers will find a list of Michael's favorite 30 anti-inflammatory-friendly ingredients to keep in stock and a master ingredient-substitution list so you can make swaps for whatever you already have in the fridge. He also offers advice and recipes for reintroducing ingredients back into your diet."

March 25 - This is Your Mind on Plants

At our February 26th meeting, we discussed The House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan. Everyone learned something new about Springfield, IL and all would recommend the book.

Our next book group meeting is Monday, March 25th at 3pm in the LME Library's large meeting room. The book this month is This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan. Copies of the book can be picked up at the front desk and the discussion sheets are also available for pickup or can be viewed online.

Book summary: Of all the things humans rely on plants for-- sustenance, beauty, fragrance, flavor, fiber-- surely the most curious is our use of them is to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs-- opium, caffeine, and mescaline-- and explores the cultures that have grown up around these drugs. He examines the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos with which we surround them. The result is a unique blend of history, science, memoir-- and participatory journalism--Adapted from jacket.

Cookbook Club - March 5th

We had 5 people attend our first cookbook club meeting on January 30th. We read The Mediterranean Dish by Suzy Karadsheh. Everyone brought a different dish so we had a nice variety to taste. Recipes included Very Green Tabbouleh in Lettuce Boats, Savory Roasted Chickpeas, Greek-style Baked Butter Beans, Fasolia with Rice, and Baklava Pumpkin Pie. The pie recipe was from the author's website 

We discussed how useful we found the cookbook, how the design contributed to successful recipes, and why each recipe was chosen. The group seems to like simple easy-to-find ingredients. They would like to continue meeting every other month. Suggestions for future cookbooks included: Skinnytaste, Pioneer Woman, and an anti-inflammatory diet.

Our next cookbook club will be featuring One by Jamie Oliver. Books can be picked up from the front desk and we plan to meet on March 5th at 6pm. Please bring a dish from the book to share and suggestions for future titles!

House of Lincoln - February 26

At our January 29th meeting, we discussed the Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons. This was a book everyone who attended felt they could recommend to almost anyone. We had tea and "biscuits" for refreshments.

Our next book club meeting will be Monday, February 26th at 3pm. We are reading House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan. Copies of the book are available for pickup at the front desk and discussion sheets are also available online.

Summary: "A sweeping historical novel, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. president to the Great Emancipator through the eyes of a young asylum-seeker who arrives in Lincoln's home of Springfield from Madeira, Portugal. Showing intelligence beyond society's expectations, fourteen-year-old Ana Ferreira lands a job in the Lincoln household assisting Mary Lincoln with their boys and with the hostess duties borne by the wife of a rising political star. Ana bears witness to the evolution of Lincoln's views on equality and the Union and observes in full complexity the psyche and pain of his bold, polarizing wife, Mary. Along with her African American friend Cal, Ana encounters the presence of the Underground Railroad in town and experiences personally how slavery is tearing apart her adopted country. Culminating in an eyewitness account of the little-known Springfield race riot of 1908, The House of Lincoln takes readers on a journey through the historic changes that reshaped America and that continue to reverberate today"

Cookbook Club - January 30th 6pm

We have a new book group with 2 meetings set for 2024--the cookbook club! Our first book is the Mediterranean Dish by Suzy Karadsheh. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. 

To join:
  1. Pick up the book and try some of its recipes. Cookbooks will be available at least a month before each meeting
  2. Bring the book and an item made from a recipe in the cookbook to the book club meeting
  3. We’ll talk about the cookbook, which recipes you made, why you chose them, and how it all went

If you love to cook or eat, this is a great way to check out new recipes--please join us!

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