A Post for Foodies…

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As many of you know, I am not a talented cook, but luckily I’m married to one. Over Memorial Day weekend, we made a pie from this beautiful new cook book, First Prize Pies. Pie is awesome – it makes me expect the Arable family to stop by for a slice and talk about how much Wilbur has grown!  I say “we” made the pie because it was truly a joint effort. I washed dishes and got ingredients ready and, of course, my son and I were available to taste it!  The first pie we decided to try was Samantha Bee’s (from The Daily Show) Salty Caramel Pie.  So yummy!


While the pie was in the oven, I went on-line to read about new releases and, maybe because I was anticipating dessert, a book about ice cream caught my eye. A few years ago, during a summer-time trip to London, I had my first 99….a soft serve ice cream cone with a Cadbury Flake popped into the center. Later, as we travelled around England, we began noticing that all of the ice cream vans featured the 99.  Now there’s a book about the famous cone which would be a perfect summer gift for an ice cream fan.  The book will be released in the UK in August. So far, no date for U.S. publication. Here’s a link to Luke Stephenson’s web site which includes a fun video about his photo project:




Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, has stepped off the yellow brick road. His new book, Egg and Spoon, sounds like it could be a good story to escape into….This is an excerpt from the official publisher’s description:

“Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landownder. Her mother is dying slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives inthe village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg…”


And we can fit Madeline into this post – if we mention “madeleines,” the little cookie.

Madeline is 75!  If you’re going to be in New York City this summer, there’s an exhibit at the New York Historical Society called “Madeline in America” featuring over 90 of Ludwig Bemelmans’s artworks. Here’s the link for more information:


Tonight – leftover pie!!

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