Hey, That’s My Jam!

By Kristi S. My deep love of canning and preserving started four years ago. It was the summer quarter of culinary school and I had just made a high-stress wedding cake when I decided I needed something more relaxing. I opened up The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and instantly fell in love with the process. […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking Lists From You!

by Jackie P. Are you hungry yet? As all meals must come to an end, so, too, must this month’s Beyond Bestsellers challenge. What did you read this month? Share in the comments! Mad props to WarriorofMartok, and their Cooking, Supernatural Style book list. I love this creative interpretation of the theme: smozog000 shared their […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Food Board Games and Book Pairings

By Kaley C. It’s been awhile, but I’ve got another round of Board Games and Book pairing ready for you. This one is food-themed so we can celebrate this month of Beyond Bestsellers while playing these super fun games.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Put Some South in Your Mouth

by Kimberly P. It often comes as a surprise to folks in the PNW that I’m a Southerner born and raised. I work hard to smooth out my Southern twang accent, but words still trip me up. I just can’t shake my Southernisms. For instance: It’s skillet, not frying pan. Buggy, not shopping cart. Lightnin’ […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Middle Eastern Cravings

by Denise D.  Choose one food? Every once in awhile, my son asks me an impossible question. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Unlike his other queries (choose a superpower, describe your dream house), this one panics me. Choosing one food is like choosing one […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking

by Jackie P Whether you’re looking for a recipe, information, or a good story, food-centric books can be found all over the library. This month, for our Beyond Bestsellers reading challenge, we’re looking at books focused on food and cooking. We have no-wait access on the ebook version of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene by […]

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Meet the WA Authors of the 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

by Karin T. This month, Washington authors Patrick Jennings and Kelly Jones have even more third-grade fans than usual. Patrick and Kelly visited schools in Snohomish and Island counties as part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a literary trivia program. Third graders work together to develop […]

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DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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The Comfort of Pizza

by Liz K. Mmm…Pizza… October is pizza month and if you ask me, it could not arrive at a better time! Warm, cheesy, and infinitely customizable, pizza is the perfect comfort food on these cool fall days. I’m sure someone will argue with me about that statement, but I am ready defend my position with […]

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DIY Beer…And Pretzels!

by Liz Spring is my favorite time of year. The days are noticeably longer, the birds are extra chirpy, and all the shades of green just make me happy! And I just discovered new holidays celebrating two more of my favorite things…Beer and pretzels! This past Sunday, April 23rd, marked German Beer Day. You may have celebrated without […]

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