Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

We rec­om­mend giv­ing kids cook­books for the hol­i­days. Yumm. For kids who are inspired by rel­a­tives who cook, TV cook­ing shows, or their innate wish to make (and eat) good food, a cook­book will trav­el with them through­out life. (And it’s a sneaky way to encour­age read­ing and math!) 

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Vinegar Pie

In hon­or of our Book­storm, Pre­sent­ing Buf­fa­lo Bill: the Man Who Invent­ed the Wild West, we dis­cov­ered that on the wag­on trail, when fresh apples weren’t avail­able, apple cider vine­gar made a tasty pie. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Inspired by our Book­storm fea­ture this month, Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, there was a pot of stew bub­bling in many a hobo camp dur­ing the Great Depres­sion and many a hoo­te­nan­ny in the ’50s and 60s’. This quick-to-assem­ble ver­sion can stay in your slow cook­er until you’re ready to eat. 

Lighthouse Beef Stew

Lighthouse Beef Stew

Author Aimee Bis­sonette writes, “To accom­pa­ny your read­ing of Miss Col­fax’s Light­house, here’s the type of recipe Har­ri­et would have cooked in win­ter months. It gets incred­i­bly cold on Lake Michi­gan in the win­ter and Har­ri­et was always so busy! She would have need­ed some­thing that was pret­ty easy to make (no time to fuss) but would warm her inside and out.… more

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Twisted Tots Hotdish

We would­n’t be sur­prised if Trav­is’s grand­moth­er had a frozen ver­sion of this hot­dish stored next to the state fair but­ter­head. This recipe is a sta­ple across the Midwest. 

Taylor Pork Roll Sandwich

Pork Roll Sandwich

One of New Jer­sey’s most famous foods, the Pork Roll sand­wich is made from John Tay­lor’s Pork Roll, first made in 1856. We’ve cho­sen it as our fea­tured recipe this month, hon­or­ing William Car­los Williams, who lived in Ruther­ford, New Jersey. 

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Sunflower Cat Treats

Patch­es in Lit­tle Cat’s Luck (Mar­i­on Dane Bauer and Jen­nifer A. Bell) would find these healthy treats a rea­son to purr. 



Kim-chee, a tra­di­tion­al fer­ment­ed side dish made of veg­eta­bles, is the nation­al dish of Korea. 


Flowerpot Cakes

At a spring con­fer­ence we orga­nized back in 2004, Karen Ritz, author, illus­tra­tor, and bak­er extra­or­di­naire, made one of these for each of our guests. They were a hit! We think they’d work well with a con­struc­tion-themed par­ty or sto­ry­time, too. 

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Orange Omelet

Gen­nifer Chold­enko’s Chas­ing Secrets takes place in the late 1800s — this recipe is one that might have been served at a lun­cheon. From the Boston Cook­ing School Cook­book: Orange Omelet Ingre­di­ents:
3 eggs
Few grains salt
1 tea­spoon lemon juice
12 table­spoons orange juice
12 table­spoon but­ter (for pan)
2 oranges
2 table­spoons pow­dered sug­ar Sep­a­rate yolks from whites.… more