Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Twelve!

October 25, 2014

ice cream coneI scream, you scream, we all scream for . . . ice cream!   Did you know that the ice cream cone made its American debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri?   And, while no one knows for sure who first invented the first edible cone, they were mentioned in French cooking books as early as 1825.   If you are truly interested in more of the history behind the ice cream cone, check out this link to The History of Ice Cream Cones (courtesy of Linda Stradley, from the web site What’s Cooking America).

If you had an idea for a new treat, how and where would you introduce your creation?

Friendly Cities!

October 24, 2014

Did you city make the top ten?  This month, Men’s Health magazine surveyed and ranked America’s cities for “friendliness”  based upon the following methodology: amount of park space (the Trust for Public Land), participation in team sports (SimplyMap), neighborhood activity (Volunteering and Civic Life in America), and facebook usage (Chitika).  Oklahoma City showed up on the list at #43 (Tulsa did not make the top fifty).  Here are the top ten friendliest cities in America . . .

1.  Minneapolis, MN
2. Austin, TX
3.  San Diego, CA
4.  St. Paul, MN
5.  Milwaukee, WI
6.  Kansas City, MO
7.  New Orleans, LA
8.  Washington, DC
9.  Boston, MA
10.  Columbus, OH

Here’s a link to the full list.

Source: Men’s Health magazine, Metrogrades (October 2014)



An Ancient Stroll!

October 23, 2014

Here’s an archaic word (from the Greek and Latin) that is not used much these days.  I don’t understand why either.  Who wouldn’t want to go for a walk in a xyst?  This would also be a great word to keep in mind for the next time you play scrabble (it’s just a thought).


\zist\, noun;

1.  (in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) covered portico, as a promenade.
2.  (in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.


October 22, 2014

This is the name of a blog that I recently discovered as a result of the book I’m currently reading (A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg).

This is one of the books selected for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” program (sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council) that our institution is participating in this fall.   I am having a delightful time reading through this book and drooling over the many recipes that Molly includes . . . Molly started her  blog back in 2004 and even has an index to all of her recipes which I am bookmarking for future reference.

Getting back to the blog, the officially translated definition of orangette (from the French) is:  bitter orange ; strip of orange and chocolate.   I will be visiting this site on a regular basis and if you are a food lover, I would highly recommend this site as well.  Bon appetit!



Hallelujah for Libraries!

October 21, 2014

Here is something that you will probably not see very often in a library . . . beautifully done . . .  and the patrons don’t seem overly upset over the slight disruption to their endeavors.  Hmm, is it time to start planning one of these in our library? What a nice way to break the tedium of your research.

Grammar is Still Important!

October 20, 2014

Even with the explosion of social media and texting, using the right words is important (and spelling them out, no more shortcuts).  Don’t embarrass yourself by using any of the following goofs.    If you really don’t know the differences on when to use these variations, then take the time to look it up prior to using . . .  you will be glad you did.  This infographic should be a great help to get you started.


Courtesy of copyblogger and BlueGlass.

College Football 2014, Week Eight!

October 19, 2014

127The Michigan State Spartans were on the road for a second straight week and visited the Hoosiers of Indiana University. The Spartans won easily to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.  The Big Ten continues to have three teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State (#8), Ohio State (#13) and Nebraska (#19).  Next up for the Spartans, at home to take on their cross-state rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Baylor (#4) losing to unranked West Virginia
Oklahoma (#11) losing to Kansas State (#14) by only one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Florida State (#2) defeating Notre Dame (#5) by only four (4) points.
Utah (#20) defeating unranked Oregon State by only six (6) points in double overtime.
Clemson (#24) defeating unranked Boston College by only four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#5) losing to Florida State (#2).
Oklahoma State (#15) losing to TCU (#12).
Texas A&M (#21) losing to Alabama (#7).
Stanford (#23) losing to Arizona State (#17).

Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Eleven!

October 18, 2014

How would you classify garlic (Allium sativum)?  Herb?  Spice?  Vegetable?  What we would call garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium.  In addition to its ability to repel vampires (and mosquitoes) and cure the plague, garlic has been lauded for its antibiotic and antioxidant properties for centuries and is widely know to be beneficial for a variety of ailments.  Did you know that . . .

    • Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels. and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
    • It was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
    • The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
    • The origin of National Garlic Day is unknown and it is not recorded in congressional or presidential proclamations.
    • Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
    • If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
    • The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
    • Garlic is a member of the onion family which also includes leeks and shallots.
    • Its pungent flavor is due to a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing.
    • The majority of garlic (90%) grown in the United States comes from California (Gilroy, California is the “Garlic Capital of the World”).
    • If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
    • When picking out garlic at the grocery store, choose firm, tight, heavy dry bulbs.
    • Garlic has been used to infuse vodka and as an ingredient to make cocktails.
    • At ancient Greek and Roman marriages the brides carried bouquets of garlic and other herbs instead of flowers.

Here’s a link to some more garlic superstitions, folklore, and facts.



October 17, 2014

And since it is Friday, allow me to indulge in a bit of humor.  For those of you who know me well, you are aware that I do not own a television, and that I haven’t had a television for over twenty years.  So when I was browsing through my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary, I came across an entry that struck me as amusing (as do most of the entries in this dictionary).  Here are some of the cynical definitions of “television.”  Enjoy!

“An invention that permits you to be entertained in your living-room by people you wouldn’t have in your home.”  (David Frost)

“A device that permits people who haven’t anything to do watch people who can’t do anything.”  (Fred Allen)

“A medium — because it is neither rare nor well done.”  (Ernie Kovacs)

“A form of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time and yet remain lonesome.”  (T.S. Eliot)

“Where old movies go when they die.”  (Bob Hope)

“Natures way of telling us we should have gone out and done something enjoyable.”  (Gene Perret)

Don’t Spoil Your Appetite!

October 16, 2014

This Goop poem warns of the hazards of nibbling on too many snacks prior to dinner.  Hmm, how many times had you heard the same admonishment: “. . . no more snacks or you’ll spoil your appetite for dinner!”?

Nell the Nibbler
She ate some chocolate drops at 1,
At 2, she thought she’d take
A little jelly and a bun;
At 3, some frosted cake.
At 4, she nibbled at a roll;
At 5 a doughnut spied,
And ate it (all except the hole),
And then some cookies tried.
At 6, she didn’t feel quite right,
And didn’t care fo rdinner.
She said she’d had no appetite,
With so much Goop-food in her!

Source: More Goops and How Not to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Impolite Infants Depicting the Characteristics of Many Naughty and Thoughtless Children by Gelett Burgess.


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