I love how many new interpretations of the fairy tales are around right now-from Grimm on television to Snow White and the Huntsman movie to BOOKS (!). These reinventions brings us back to childhood, but in a whole new gory/mind-bending way. I recently started reading Maria Tatar‘s history of the Grimm Brothers and found it fascinating. Here are some other books to explore (with links to the author’s websites): Read the rest of this entry »
Only two days left to submit your poems!
Refill your coffee, break out your rough draft, and polish up those final versions: the end of the contest is almost here!
Here is another winning entry from the East Regional Library’s Iron Chef Challenge event. Try this amazing recipe for a special summer dessert. It’s sure to impress!
Best Presentation: Coconut Custard with Toasted Pineapple
Prepared by Catherine C., 17
Ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil; 6 tbs sweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 c for garnish, lightly toasted; 2 c heavy cream; 1/2 c milk; 1/2 c canned cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez); 6 tbs sugar; 1/2 vanilla bean, split in 1/2 lengthwise; 3 egg yolks; 2 eggs; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; 2 tsp confectioners’ sugar
Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using your fingers, very lightly grease 6 (4-ounce) custard cups or ramekins with vegetable oil. Place 1 tbs of the toasted coconut in each ramekin. Place the ramekins inside a roasting pan and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the cream, the milk, cream of coconut, sugar, and vanilla bean halves and their seeds. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Read the rest of this entry »
Teens cooled off this week at the East Regional Library with delicious treats created for this summer’s Iron Chef Challenge. Over ten teens made a dish or drink using pineapple, the secret ingredient! Three awards and prizes were given for the Best Tasting, Most Creative and Best Presentation. All teens in attendance earned tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Contest!
Best Tasting: Tropical Slushy
Created by Daniel M. , 16
1 cup Sunny D, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 can mandarin oranges, 1 Hawaiian Punch Sugar Free Lemon Berry Squeeze Singles, Splenda, and ice.
Prepare: Pour ingredients into a blender. Add Splenda, Sunny D and ice to adjust to your taste and desired consistency. Serve immediately!
What kind of things have you been cooking up this summer to stay cool?
Flipped is a novel that can truly make you laugh. When free-spirited, Juli Baker first sees Bryce Loski, her life changes. All of a sudden Bryce has become her whole life. Bryce, on the other hand, has a different opinion of Juli. To him Juli is annoying and weird. As Juli and Bryce grow up, nothing much changes until the day Juli’s precious sycamore tree is torn down. After that life changes for both of them. Pick up Flipped to find out what happens! You will be pleasantly surprised.
Adeem, 15, Knightdale
*This blog post got Adeem a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*
It starts with the three witches. They prophesy to a war hero named Macbeth, saying he will be the Lord of Cawdor and King over everything. The reigning king, Duncan, appoints him Thane of Cawdor. So that part of the phrophecy comes true. How far will Macbeth go in his endeavor to become King?
Emily, 14, Knightdale
*This blog post got Emily a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*