Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Stuff You Find in Books - OTHER PEOPLE'S BOOKMARKS

My library job occasionally requires that I shelf-read... read call numbers on all the book spines within a section and make sure 301.412 Of 101n 1973 sits to the left of 301.412 Of 2n 1973.

I also pull out slips of paper or paperclips and unfold dog-ears.  People leave behind class notes, paycheck stubs, bus passes, student IDs, expired coupons galore, sticky post-its, pens and pencils... all of which once-upon-a-time worked as bookmarks.

The most interesting bookmarks so far?  A New Orleans style Pattypan squash recipe, a bag of tiny rubber bands for braces and a Thank-You note from a grieving widow to someone who attended her husband's funeral.  And some very lovely bookmarks.

I've kept a couple bookmarks.  Everything else is recycled.

If you get to the Pattypan squash recipe before I do - Please send me a review!

Pattypan squash New Orleans
(Makes 4 servings)

8 pattypan squash (about 5-inch diameter)
1 1/2 c water
1 large white onion, chopped
1 small bay leaf
1 c crushed cooked tomatoes
1/4 c freshly chopped parsley
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 c cooked brown or white rice
1/4 c chopped parsley
1. Cut squash into wedges; simmer inpot with water, onion, and bay leaf until tender. Drain but reserve cooking liquid. Discard bay leaf.

2. Mash vegetables with fork; place in microwave-safe serving dish. Mix in tomatoes, parsley, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Add rice and cooking liquid as needed to keep moist.

3. Stir well, reheat in microwave, and serve garnished with parsley.

 I'm a Pattypan virgin. Is there a better way to cook this and avoid the microwave?

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