Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Books Into Movies Now at Theaters

Finding a good movie to see is pretty easy this holiday season. This year's releases include several inspired by books you'll find at the Library. Links to our catalog are provided.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a British mathematician who helped break Nazi codes during World War II. Andrew Hodges' biography Alan Turing: the Enigma is the basis for the film. You'll find the book at BT688H.

The much anticipated adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken has had lots of publicity, in part because Angelina Jolie directed it but also because of the man whose experiences are the subject of the film. A favorite of the Library's Non-Fiction Book Group, Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic track star/ World War II Army pilot/ Japanese prisoner of war.  If you haven't  read the book, I recommend you do. As the book group concluded, "they don't make many like Zamperini anymore." And Hillenbrand is a terrific writer. Her earlier book Seabiscuit was also adapted into a great film. If you haven't read Unbroken, the Library has several copies. You'll find it in hardcover and audiobook at 940.5472 H642u.

Another book group favorite was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Strayed decides to hike more than 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail as a way to deal with her mother's death, a divorce, and some self-destructive behaviors. Her lack of experience and training make for some funny moments, while some encounters with fellow hikers are suspenseful. You'll find this story of self-discovery and redemption at 796.51 S913w. Friends who've seen the movie liked it and say it's true to the book.

That's not the case with Foxcatcher, the movie about John duPont's murder of Dave Schultz. Dave and his brother Mark were Olympic gold medalists in wrestling. DuPont had established a wrestling facility at his Foxcatcher Farm estate in Newtown Square, inviting the Schultz brothers to make his dream of creating a world-class wrestling team come true. After seeing the movie and liking it, I wanted to learn more, so I read Mark Schultz book Foxcatcher: the True Story of My Brother's Murder, John duPont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold.  All that did was lead to more questions. In the book the relationship between duPont and Mark Shultz plus the implied motivations for duPont's actions are not as clear as those in the movie. Foxcatcher can be found at 796.812 S388f

American Sniper had a limited opening on Christmas Day. Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, whose autobiography is the basis for the film. Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US military history, served tours from 1999 to 2009. You'll find the book at 956.7 K99a.

So what's with the torture, murder, and angst? Where are Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler? Why so many dark movies in this season of light? According to Bruce Nash, there may be three reasons:

  1. The Oscars. To qualify for the next awards, a film must be shown in a commercial theater during the 2014 calendar year. A Christmas screening is just under the wire.
  2. Christmas on Thursday. That's not a big opening day. These films are intended to be seen well into 2015 so no Christmas themes.
  3. Recouping an investment. For maximum profit, a Christmas-themed movie will come out earlier. Just like decorations and urgent reminders to get your gift shopping done, the Christmas-appropriate movies may be out as early as November. 


Friday, December 26, 2014

Palmer Evening Book Group **UPDATES**

The annual book swap, originally posted as being January 26th, will now be on January 27th.

There will be a discussion on February 24th for the book Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. The discussion will be led by the always-lovely Sharon S.

There will also be a discussion on March 24th for Rosie Project by Graeme Simison, led by the equally-lovely Joan V.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Today's Birthday

Today is the birthday of Madam C.J. Walker, a manufacturer of hair products.
For books about hair styling and care, see 646.724.
For books about barbers and hairdressing, see 391.5.
For books about hair loss, see 616.546.

Monday, December 22, 2014

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5: Dinner Slow Cooker Recipes




Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection (641.5). 

 

Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.

 






Wouldn't we all love to have dinner ready and waiting for us when we get home after a long day? Or are you busy all day caring for your children with little time for preparation and cooking every day? Or maybe you are running from one job to the next with little time to prepare food? Maybe you need a main dish to take to a potluck? The following slow cooker dinner recipes are some favorites that require very little prep time, but provide a satisfying home-cooked meal ready when you are!







 Check back weekly in December for other slow cooker meal ideas...all from the EAPL stacks!

Read more for the full, adapted recipes.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5: Soup Slow Cooker Recipes

Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection (641.5). 

 

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Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.

 



WHO DOESN'T LOVE SOUP?   A slow cooker is the perfect method to prepare soup.  Load it up with your favorite ingredients and let it do it's magic...  in several hours, it is ready to eat.  Pair it with fresh bread and/or salad and you have a healthy, hearty meal.

Below you will find some recipes we have posted for you, but don't hesitate to change it up... add or subtract ingredients to make it your own...  have fun with it!

As mentioned in the first slow cooker blog posted Dec. 9th, these sources can be found in our stacks.


 Check back weekly in December for other slow cooker meal ideas...
all from the EAPL stacks!

Scroll down for the full adapted recipes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What You'll Find at This Week's Book Sale



We advertised 14,000 items for sale, and here's some of what you'll find.

We have a section devoted to holiday-themed books and items. Volunteers have removed those that have been personalized so many are suitable for gifting. There are also bins of "like new" gift books donated by a store that went out of business. 



Looking for children's gift books? You'll find four shelves devoted to children's Christmas books  - plus a few on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Many are like new. And that's in addition to hundreds of children's books arranged by age appropriateness, picture books, chapter books, etc.  Why pay $3 to $12 for a children's book when you can buy them at our sale for $ .50 or $1.00?



A college professor donated a large collection of books about African history and the diaspora, slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean, and women's history and studies. You'll find these in our already extensive section on American, world, and military history.

You'll find books for every interest. Art is another large section with art history, techniques, individual artists and schools, etc. Local history is bigger than usual - these go fast. We have about six shelves of biographies, eleven of cookbooks, several on sewing and crafts and home projects along with philosophy, literature, business, foreign languages, etc.

Fiction is sorted by genre - mystery, action, fantasy, young adult, Manga, etc. Media includes music CDs, books on CD, and movies on DVD. Most media items sell for $1.00. For those of you who still have working VCRs, videos are $ .25 each.


Our sale is easy to shop. Items are cleaned, sorted, and placed on shelves or tables; tables and shelves are clearly labelled by subject or genre. The only books in boxes are textbooks and duplicates.

Best of all, we price to sell! Hard covers, trade (quality) paperbacks, CDs, and DVDs are $1.00. Small paperbacks and children's books are $ .50. Videos and Harlequin romances are $ .25.

The Main Library is located at 515 Church Street between N. 5th and 6th Streets. The city has put parking meters on most street parking, so you should find nearby parking if our lot is full. Just remember to feed the meters! Enter the sale from the Church Street entrance which is handicapped-accessible.

The public sale   opens on Friday, December 12 at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Saturday hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Monday, December 15, is Half-Price Day from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. Tuesday, December 16, is $5 Bag Day from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. We supply the bags.

December 10 - What should we celebrate?

December 10th is Human Rights Day.
For books about constitutional law and history, see 342.
For books about civil and political rights, see 323.
For books about public schools and state education, see 379.

On this date in 1684, Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper "On the motion of bodies in an orbit," was read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
For books about mathematical physics, see 530.15.
For books about gravity, see 531.5.
For biographies of physicists, see 530.92.
For books about astronomical objects and astrophysics, see 523.
For books about planetary orbits, see 521.3.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5: Breakfast Slow Cooker Recipes



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Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection (641.5). 

 

 

Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.

 

 



       
      
Having guests and want some delicious brunch ideas? Would you rather spend Christmas morning with your family than in the kitchen cooking? Or maybe you wish you could have a hot, satisfying breakfast ready when you wake up on a cold winter morning without all the fuss? Maybe your family likes to have breakfast for dinner (we call it "brinner" in my house)? These following recipes can be made ahead and cook while you are sleeping.....or working, or wrapping gifts!

 Our favorites for this blog can be found in the stacks of EAPL:
Check back weekly in December for other slow cooker meal ideas...all from the EAPL stacks!

Scroll down for the full adapted recipes.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8 - What should we celebrate?

December 8th is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day.
For books about costumes and fashion, see 391.
For books about relativity and time warps, see 530.11.
For books about time in a metaphysical sense, see 115.
For books about chronology, see 529.

December 8th is also the birthday of Eli Whitney, who was born in 1765.
For biographies of inventors, see 609.2.
For biographies of engineers, see 926.2.
For books about farm devices and implements, see 681.7.
For books about manufacturing cotton, wool, and other fabrics, see 677.

December 8th is also Bodhi Day in Japan.
For books about the Buddha, see 294.36.
For biographies of buddhists, see 294.309.
For books about Buddhist meditation, see 294.344.
For books about oriental philosophies, see 181.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 4 - What should we celebrate?

December 4th is Dice Day.
For books about dice games, see 795.1.

December 4th is also Cookie Day.
For books about baking cookies, see 641.8654.

December 4th is also World Wildlife Conservation Day.
For books about animal conservation, see 333.954.
For books about animal habitat and migration, see 591.52.
For books about rare and endangered species, see 578.68.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3 - What should we celebrate?

December 3rd is Make a Gift Day.
For books about hand crafts, see 745.5.

December 3rd is also Disability Day.
For books about people with physical disabilities, see 362.4.
For books about people with learning disabilities, see 362.3.
For books about people with mental illnesses, see 362.2.

On this date in 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant, in South Africa.
For books about heart surgery, see 617.412.
For books about heart transplants, see 617.951.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Palmer Evening Book Group: December 2014 **NO MEETING**

Unfortunately, this month we are not holding our monthly book group, as the fourth Tuesday falls on the week of Christmas. So hey, Happy Holidays!!! We will be having our annual book swap on January 26th, so we'll post a reminder when the date comes closer.

For the book swap, bring in a book that you enjoyed (all wrapped up like a present), so that you can share the amazing story with others.

Sew Others May Be Warm

This knitting and crocheting charity meets every Thursday from 1-2:30 at the Palmer branch of the Easton Area Public Library. Yarn will be provided, but you must bring either your own knitting needles or crochet hook.

Some of the group’s donations have included baby and preemie hats for Easton Hospital, adult wool hats for Safe Harbor, and blue scarves for children of abuse. The ladies have also knitted bereavement blankets to be donated to area hospitals, made for the mothers of babies who are taken off life support.

All ages are welcome to join!!!!!

December 2 - What should we celebrate?

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday.
For books about charity, see 361.
For books about child welfare, see 362.7.
For books about virtues such as patience and gentleness, see 179.9.

December 2nd is Fritters Day.
For books about frying food, see 641.77.
For books about cooking with fruit, see 641.64.
For books about cooking with vegetables, see 641.65.

On this date in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris.
For books about Napoleon, see BN216 in the biography section.
For books about the French Revolution, see 944.04.
For books about the First Empire of France, see 944.05.

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28 - What should we celebrate?

November 28th is Systems Engineer Day.
For books about systems theory, see 003.
For books about engineering design, see 620.0042.

November 28th is also Maize Day.
For books about growing corn, see 633.15.
For books about cooking sweet corn, see 641.6567.

November 28th is also Flossing Day.
For books about dentistry, see 617.6.

November 28th is also French Toast Day.
For books about cooking breakfast and brunch, see 641.52.
For books about baking bread, see 641.815.

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5

Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection(641.5). 

 

Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of:

                    Celebrating and promoting Veganism throughout November.


Besides the cookbook collection, The Lehigh Valley Library System has other resources that are useful for gathering vegan recipes.

DVDs
Forks Over Knives (2011)
Vegucated (2010)

Magazines
Vegan Health and Fitness 

Zinnio (e-magazine)
VegNews

ILL Books
Supermarket Vegan by Donna Klein (2010)
Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein (2006)
Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman (2011)
Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (2009)

Youtube channels
Eco-Vegan Gal
Vegan.com
The Sexy Vegan
The Vegan Zombie


Website/Blogs
Oh she Glows
Olives for Dinner
Finding Vegan
86 Lemons
Planet Vegan
The Vegan Woman 
Pinterest


(from home) 
TV Shows
Jazzy Vegetarian  (Create TV)
How to live to 100 (Cooking Channel)

Below the full recipe descriptions you will find a list of Vegan cookbooks owned by the Lehigh Valley Library System.
 
             Now for some of my picks of vegan recipes to honor World Vegan Month.

Breakfast
Overnight Pineapple Oats
      From "Short-Cut Vegan" @ 641.5636 S252s

Overnight oatmeal with bananas and walnuts layered with strawberry jam made from mashed strawberries with a touch of maple syrup and chia seeds:)
Lunch
Campfire Chili
      From "Vegan Casseroles" @ 641.5 H355v

Dinner
Chick'n and Mole Tamales
     From "Vegan Cooking for Carnivores" @ 641.5636 M382v

Dessert
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
     From "The China Study Cookbook" @ 641.563 C188c


For full recipe description 

Reblogged: 11 Books to Read if You're Feeling Stressed

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Check out one of these books from the library, curl up in front of the fire with a nice hot cup of coffee and let yourself unwind.

Bustle Presents 11 Books to Read When You're Feeling Stressed


David Sedaris's LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

Any Sedaris book will do: When You’re Engulfed in Flames, Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, etc. However, those books don’t have the story about Sedaris’ colonoscopy. Read about someone’s colonoscopy, and I promise you will feel better instantaneously. Sedaris has an incredible gift; he can recall the time he worked for a moving company because he was broke and skill-less, or the relationship his brutish brother has with his dogs, and it will be the funniest thing you ever read.

John Steinbeck's TORTILLA FLAT

Tortilla Flat is so unlike any of Steinbeck’s other works, it almost doesn’t feel like this is by the same author who wrote Grapes of Wrath or East of Eden. But it is, and you’ll run into the same Californian imagery and simplicity of language; however, this book is different. It’s hilarious, and very Don Quixote-esque. Tortilla Flat, a story about Danny and his band of thieves and their love for wine and women, will make you laugh as it will remind you about loyalty at its finest (and maybe worst). 

J.D. Salinger's NINE STORIES

I often think of J.D. Salinger whenever I’m feeling crappy about myself. I loved The Catcher in the Rye when I was in high school. I thought I really identified with Holden, and I guess that’s why we read Salinger in 10th grade. But I outgrew Catcher, and started reading Salinger’s short stories, which are a lot better. They’re still whimsical, but sad and beautiful. If you’re feeling angsty, read Nine Stories (and no, not just because James Franco told you to).

Frank O'Hara's LUNCH POEMS

You know when you think of the perfect day, and sometimes it consists of just buying a good coffee and walking around the city and people-watching? Maybe I’ve just always romanticized New York, but that’s one of my fictional happy places. Lunch Poems is a collection of poems that encapsulates that, as well as a life that’s kind of frivolous and wonderful. 

Miranda July's NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU

I often flip through this collection of short stories just for a sense of belonging. I think a huge part of stress is feeling absolutely helpless, and Miranda July negates that helplessness with whimsical insight and characters who boldly express themselves in tears — the universal language!


Joan Didion's SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM

Aren’t feeling your status quo? Well, explore another one. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is an awesome glimpse into ‘60s San Francisco. This book of essays is a really well-written depiction of youth, what it’s like looking into something as an outsider, the American dream, and California optimism. It’s such a cool book that really transports you to where Didion was, and allows you to see things the way she did.

Yann Martel's LIFE OF PI

Like most movies, the books that inspired them are usually better. Such is definitely the case with Life of Pi, which is a gorgeous book that transcends the survival story trope and really enters a philosophical realm that helped me out in high school and college. Life of Pi is a character transformation novel; it solely focuses on Pi Patel and how he is able to survive over 200 days in a small boat in a vast ocean with, seemingly, a crew of zoo animals. Take this story as it is, or apply it to your own life. We’re all Pi Patel on some level, you know? Perhaps to get through hard times, we need to look at them through a different perspective or lens.

Kurt Vonnegut's IF THIS ISN'T NICE, WHAT IS?

I was feeling really bummed out a few weeks ago. It was a combination of stress and plain ol’ sadness. Sometimes just not knowing where you’re going to end up, or how you’ll be paying the bills a year from now is scary enough to drive any person to have a meltdown. I had bought If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? a collection of graduation speeches by Kurt Vonnegut a while back, and decided to read it. This advice doesn’t just apply to recent college grads. Two years after graduation, most of Vonnegut’s pearls are still relevant to me, such as: “Notice when you’re happy, and know when you’ve got enough,” and “We are all experiencing more or less the same lifetime now.”

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES

This book of poems was written after the poet’s really bad break-up. Whether you’re going through a break-up with a person, with cheese, or with a job, you know what it feels like. It hurts all over. You can’t think about anything else. The Year of No Mistakes is about a woman who is picking up the pieces, and it’s perfect because it’s what we do when things fall apart, or even when they’re just temporarily messed up. 

Sophie Kinsella's CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

First of all, this title is interchangeable with any “beach read” you loved as a 14-year-old. Not a senior in high school. Not a sixth-grader. But that tender age right after tweenhood and before real teenagedom. You have all these notions of life through these funny, absurd books about women who spend too much money on scarves and end up destroying their lives and relationships, right? And they’re hilarious and slightly alien, since you don’t have a job, or credit card, or a real boyfriend. Looking back on these stories as an adult is a way to relive that glorious naiveté and be that 14-year-old with no money and no problems.

Beverly Cleary's RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8

Like the prior pick, reading a book you read as a kid is also a fun stress-reliever. Pick out a book you absolutely ADORED and read it. It should only take you like, 20 minutes. When I was little, I worshiped Ramona Quimby. I thought she was the most rebellious, relatable female character in the small literary world I was a part of. Maybe it’s because I’ve done shit like squeeze all the toothpaste out because I wanted to know how it feels. Or feel disgusted by my toddler neighbor eating graham crackers with sticky hands.


Titles can be reserved for $0.50 at any of the EAPL branches, Allentown, and Bethlehem libraries.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25 - What should we celebrate?

November 25th is Shopping Reminder Day.
For guidebooks for making purchases, see 640.73.

November 25th is also Parfait Day.
For books about making parfaits, see 641.864.

November 25th is also Evacuation Day in New York, to celebrate when the last of British authority departed from Manhattan Island in 1783.
For books about New York City, see 974.71.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24 - What should we celebrate?

November 24th is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.
For books on creativity, see 153.35.
For books about gifted children, see 136.765.
For books about educating children who are gifted, see 371.95.
For books about genius, see 153.98.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5

BRINGING RECIPES ALIVE @ 641.5

Join us on our culinary adventure through our cookbook collection.  Our staff will post recipes reflecting various cultures and nutritional needs which will be cross-referenced to a specific cookbook and page in our collection(641.5). 

 

Come along with us and explore the wonders of how food can open your world to lifelong happiness and good health.

 

 

         In honor of: 

                                         
                          Celebrating and promoting Veganism throughout November.

The Leigh Valley Library System has a wonderful collection of vegan cookbooks with over 60 different authors contributing their delicious animal-free creations.


I've put together a list of popular authors, whom have multiple vegan titles in our library system.


Now for some of my picks of vegan recipes to honor World Vegan Month. 

Breakfast
Artichoke Hash Browns 

Lunch
Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls
      From "Chloes's Kitchen" @ 641.5636 C834c

Dinner
Wild Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Peppers
     From "Vegan Holiday Kitchen" @ 641.5636 A881v

Dessert
Chocolate Walnut Cake
     From "Crazy Sexy Kitchen" @ 641.5636 C311c

Check back each Friday in November 
for another set of vegan recipes. 
For full recipe description 

Artichoke Hash Browns
Adapted from :Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen. by Chloe Coscarelli, 2014, pg 34
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 (14-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pound frozen hash browns
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet, over medium heat.
Saute artichoke hearts, garlic and red pepper for a few minutes. 
Add frozen hash brown and seasonings.
Add remaining oil.  
Cook until crispy, turning occasionally.

Yields: 4 servings

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls

Adapted from: Chloe's Kitchen. by Chloe Coscarelli, 2012, pg 51
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
sea salt

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups soy, almond, or rice milk
1 bunch broccoli, florets cut, stems trimmed, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 
2 teaspoons lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
8 regular sourdough loaves 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Saute onion in oil until soft. Season with salt and pepper

Add broth, milk, and broccoli. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until broccoli is tender.

Spoon out a small amount of broccoli floret and reserve.  Transfer the remaining contents of the pot to a blender and puree.  Return pureed soup to the pot and add the reserved broccoli.  Stir in nutritional yeast over low heat, then add the lemon juice.  Mix well

Slice top off of sourdough bread, hollow out the inside.  Brush oil on the inside of bowl.  Place bread bowls on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min, or until lightly brown on the inside.  Place bread bowl into a soup bowl and ladle the soup into the bread bowl and serve with the bread chunks.

Yields: 8 Servings

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Wild Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from: Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas, 2011, pg 91
2/3 cup wild rice, rinsed
1 vegetable bouillon cube
2/3 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely diced celery
2 medium tart apples, such as Granny smith, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup orange juice
2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
pinch each: cinnamon and nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup minced parsley
1/2 cup chopped pecans
6 medium red bell peppers
6 medium orange or yellow bell peppers

Preheat the over to 350.

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 3/4 cups of water and the wild rice with bouillon cube all to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in the brown rice and cover.  Simmer until the water is absorbed, about 35 minutes.

Saute onion and celery in oil until the onion is golden.  Add apples and saute 5 more minutes. Stir in cooked rice mixture along with the juice, scallions, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Season with salt and pepper. 

After 5 minutes of stirring over a low heat and in the parsley and pecans.

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise.  Remove the stems, seeds, and fibers.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Stuff the pepper halves generously with the mixture.  Cover loosely with foil and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the peppers are tender but still retain their shape.  Serve at once.
 

Yields: 12 servings.

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Chocolate Walnut Cake
Adapted from :Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr, 2012, pg 265
Cake
Canola spray
1/2 cup walnuts, ground
1 cup unbleached white flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup maple syrup
4 ounces vegan sour cream
3/4 cup water

Frosting
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
1/2 cup chocolate soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Garnish
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Raspberries

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray an 8x8 baking dish or a 9" round pan with canola oil.

Grind walnuts in the food processor until they have a flour-like consistency, making sure not the grind them into a paste.  In a bowl mix walnuts, flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder together. 

In another bowl cream together the canola oil, maple syrup and sour-cream, using a stand mixer or food processor.  Add water and mix again.

Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture and stir until well mixed (do not over mix)
Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.

Blend all ingredients for frosting until creamy.

Frost the top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with fresh raspberries. 

Yields: 6 Servings