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Reviews:
Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins
The Boy Who Sang for Others by Michael Meddor
Catamount by Marc Laidlaw
Changeling by Dean Whitlock
Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Does a Kanagroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin
The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars by Jean Merrill
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover
The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
I Choose You by Tracey West
Legs Talk by D. E. Boone
Llamas in Pajamas by Teddy Slater
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
100 Years of California Cooking by Martha Lee
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Shadow of the Valley by Fred Chappell
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

Don Quixote:
Don Quixote: Judge a Book By Its Cover
Try to Remember
Divide and Conquer
Sancho's Big Score

Ulysses:
Episode 1 - Telemachus: Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy

Miscellaneous:
Don't Let the Pigeon Do an Interview

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for 100 Years of California Cooking

100 Years of California Cooking100 Years of California Cooking: 02/01/09

About a month ago I got an email from Randal who runs the Practically Edible site, an online food encyclopedia. It was a request for the recipe on page 49 of 100 Years of California Cooking for Green Goddess Dressing.

100 Years of California Cooking is a compilation of recipes published in the Oakland Tribune. They were "compiled and tested for the ... readers" by Martha Lee, the newspaper's Home Economics Editor. The book is 96 pages long and full of recipes I remember eating during family get-togethers in the 1970s and 1980s.

California Cooking seems to have drifted away from the flavors and combinations of foods in this volume. Except for Christmas dinner, I can't think of any other time I would eat a gelatine mould, and certainly not one involving either ham or tuna!

There are two exceptions where the book is actually current: the dressings and the desserts. There is a peanut butter cookie recipe very close to one I use on a regular basis on page 89. My mother still sometimes makes Refrigerator Cookies like those on page 87 and of you add chocolate chips to the Dream Bars on page 86, you'll get Magic Cookie Bars.

All of the recipes that sound interesting to me I have similar enough ones in my grandmother's old cook book and in my old Betty Crocker cook book.

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