Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ice Cream Time

I just pulled some books for tomorrow's curbside pickup. 
These pals like horses, insects and trucks so it was a fun, easy pick. 

Because they come from a "cooking" house, I also included a couple of children's cookbooks. One of the cookbooks has a make your own ice cream recipe. What could be better then a good book and some delicious homemade ice cream on a hot summer's day?

Got books? Yes, we do; along with DVDs, audio books and magazines. Give us a buzz at 518-568-7822 to arrange for your curbside pickup.

Below is the recipe from the ice cream book.


How Is It Made?  Ice Cream
by RJ Bailey

Ice cream in a bag recipe:

½ C whole milk or half and half
½ t vanilla
1T sugar
4 C crushed ice
4 T salt

2 quart-size sealable plastic bags
1 gallon-size sealable freezer bag

1.     Mix the milk, vanilla and sugar in one of the quart-size bags.  Squeeze out any extra air and close tightly.
2.     Place bag #1 inside the second quart-size bag.   Again, squeeze out the air and close tightly.
3.     Put these doubled bags in the gallon bag.  Fill with the crushed ice and sprinkle the salt on the ice.  Remove air and close tightly.
4.     Shake for 5-10 minutes making sure the ice continues to surround the cream mix.

This ice cream will be soft.  Top with your favorite yums and enjoy!  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Reading Vegetables

I know many page turners have been busy in their gardens so I wanted to share a very special book with you; Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider.

Amazon describes the book this way; “Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is at once an encyclopedia, a produce market manual, and a treasure trove of recipes. With produce specialist Elizabeth Schneider as your guide, take a seed-to-table voyage with more than 350 vegetables, both exotic and common. Discover lively newcomers to the North American cornucopia and rediscover classic favorites in surprising new guises.

In this timely reference, Elizabeth Schneider divulges the secrets of the vegetable kingdom, sharing a lifetime of scholarly sleuthing and culinary experience. In her capable hands, unfamiliar vegetables such as amaranth become as familiar as zucchini -- while zucchini turns out to be more intriguing than you ever imagined.

Each encyclopedic entry includes a full-color identification photo, common and botanical names, and an engaging vegetable "biography" that distills the knowledge of hundreds of authorities in dozens of fields -- scientists, growers, produce distributors, and chefs among them.

Practical sections describe availability, selection, storage, preparation, and basic general use. Finally, the author's fresh contemporary recipes reveal the essence of each vegetable and a culinary sensibility that food magazine and cookbook readers have trusted for thirty years. Each entry concludes with a special "Pros Propose" section -- spectacularly innovative recipes suggested by professional chefs.

Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is an indispensable resource for home cooks, food professionals, gardeners, information seekers, and anyone who simply enjoys good reading.”

Even I, who cannot grow a carrot, am fascinated by this book. It is beautifully done and full of incredible information.

I would also add, that here in Libraryland we have an extensive cookbook collection.  It is time to fire up your grills and turn on your stoves as we begin to bring a tasty harvest home.  

Give us a buzz tomorrow, 10A-4P @ 518-568-7822, and reserve Vegetables From A to Z for curbside pickup.  If you would like us to add in cookbooks, or the most recent copy of the Food Network magazine, you have but to ask. 

PS:  The always popular Nora Roberts has arrived at 19 Kingsbury with her newest Hideaway.  Joining her on the shelf are James Patterson’s Hush and Blindspot as well as David Baldacci’s Walk the Wire.  
Miss Marge and I keep calling the Baldacci book Walk the Line then we remember and laugh that’s the Johnny Cash song!  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hay Making Time

So today I took to the highways and byways for a home delivery.  While it sounds exciting, it was just a straight shot down Route 5 to Palatine Bridge.   

I have known this dear reader since I was a child; she and her husband, along with my parents, once belonged to the same “pitch” group who gathered at each other’s homes once a month. 

As a child, it was always fun when my parents hosted.  Card party meant snacks and special yummy sweet treats; cheese and dips, chips and Bugles and a glorious cake.  I recall both German Chocolate and a hazelnut tort that took hours to prepare.   

All the players were farmers so Card Party never began until 7:30/8:00 PM; after milking and supper.  While we could stay up and say hello, once all the players arrived we had to go to our rooms.  We fell asleep hoping there would be some leftover goodies for the next day.

Anyway, I reached out to my dear reader last week. She quickly told me that she thought she would never hear from me again!  I had last delivered to her prior to mid-March.  I told her that delivery could start again and I would bring her some books on Thursday and I would be masked and gloved.  She assured me she was not “afraid”. 

When I arrived, she had already placed her returns in between the front doors.  I quickly made the exchange and as I walked back to my car she popped her head out for a quick hello and thanks.  It is great to be in service to her again and I will zoom off again next month.

As I was driving back and seeing the parched fields it made me think that in today’s world with Covid and social unrest, there was much to be learned from her husband, my dad and the other card playing farmers.

Our nation would be far better off if everyone thought and conducted themselves like farmers; kind and supportive of neighbors, steadfast, patient, respectful of Mother Nature and always humble.