September 26th, 2008
John Irving - The World According to Garp - 5That must be how families are, thought Jenny Fields. She felt if she ever had children she would love them no less when they were twenty than when they were two; they might need you more at twenty, she thought. What do you really need when you're two? In the hospital, the babies were the easiest patients. The older they got, the more they needed; and the less anyone wanted or loved them.

Recipe of the Month - October, 2008

September 25th, 2008

Pumpkin Ravioli

For the filling:
1 1/2 pound pumpkin
2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup grated Locatelli cheese
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 package wonton skins
Egg wash (1 egg, mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 sage leaves, minced
1/2 cup cream or chicken broth
Freshly grated Locatelli cheese to taste
Deep fried sage leaves for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 F. To make the filling; quarter the pumpkin, removing the strings and seeds and place, flesh side down, on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes, or until tender. Peel and puree flesh. Add egg yolk, cheese, sage, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange one wanton skin on work surface. Add 1 teaspoon filling, mounding it in center of square and brush border with egg wash. Top with another wanton skin, pressing dough around filling to remove any air bubbles and transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet. Cover with dampened towels while preparing remaining raviolis. In a saucepan of boiling salted water cook the ravioli until they are just tender. In a saucepan set over moderate heat melt the butter, add the sage and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the cream and simmer until lightly thickened. Drain the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl. Add sauce and toss to combine. Garnish with sage leaves. - FoodNetwork

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Photo Theme of the Month - October, 2008

September 24th, 2008

Beer of the Month - October, 2008

September 23rd, 2008
Sam Adams Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Octoberfest

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Book of the Month - October, 2008

September 22nd, 2008

A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

A Man without a Country by Kurt VonnegutA Man without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life, art, politics, himself, and the condition of the soul of America today.

Written over the last five years with the examples of Mark Twain, Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, and the saintly doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis powerfully in mind, plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author, A Man without a Country is an intimate and tender communication from one individual to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times desparing, always searching.

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September 19th, 2008
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice - 108"It doesn't have to be that bad," Chade said quietly. "Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too."

Movie of the Month - October, 2008

September 18th, 2008

Harry and Tonto

Harry and TontoArt Carney won a Best Actor Oscar for his moving performance in this poignant comedy that proves it's never too late to live. When Harry Golden's New York apartment faces demolition, he and his cat Tonto set out for Los Angeles to live with Harry's three grown children. But Harry quickly discovers he'd be happier just about anywhere else. So once more, Harry and Tonto hit the road -- except this time their only plan is to have an adventure they'll never forget. With its outstanding supporting cast including Ellen Burstyn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Hagman and Chief Dan George, this classic is one you'll want to watch for years to come.

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September 15th, 2008
Thank You For SmokingNick Naylor: That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.

Recipe of the Month - September, 2008

September 14th, 2008

Stuffed Chicken Caprese

A classic summer favorite, caprese salad, lends its flavors to this easy chicken dish. The chicken is stuffed with mozzarella and basil leaves and then served with sautéed cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of torn basil.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
4 (1-oz.) slices reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
8 large fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup torn fresh basil

1. With small knife, make horizontal slit in chicken breasts to create pockets, being careful not to cut all the way through. Sandwich 1 cheese slice between 2 basil leaves; stuff into pockets. Secure with toothpicks. Sprinkle chicken with 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and pepper.

2. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add oil; heat until hot. Cook chicken 5 minutes; turn. Scatter tomatoes over chicken; sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Sprinkle chicken with torn basil. Remove toothpicks before serving.

4 servings

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The Bodies Left Behind

September 12th, 2008

Jeffery Deaver's next book is a stand-alone thriller called THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND.

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery DeaverA spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. . . . A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. . . . A phone glitch or an aborted report of a crime? Off-duty deputy Brynn leaves her family's dinner table and drives up to deserted Lake Mondac to find out. She stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. . . . Before she can call for backup, though, she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn and an unlikely ally – a survivor of the carnage – can survive only by fleeing into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety and ultimately to the choice to fight back. The professional criminals, also strangers to this hostile setting, must forge a tense alliance too, in order to find and kill the two witnesses to the crime.

The Bodies Left Behind will be released on November 11, 2008 in the USA and Canada, and in January 2009 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

If you are interested, he has posted an excerpt.

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