Showing posts with label American Library Association. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Library Association. Show all posts

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Let's hear it for LIBRARIANS!!!

Let's hear it for Librarians!!

What is your greatest librarian (library) memory ever??

I had the best weekend. I was invited to attend the American Library Association Mid-winter conference and sign books (for free) to librarians. What a blast. Signed and gave away over 144 books in a 45 minute span.

It was set in San Diego (click picture to the left for more on this fabulous city).

Dominique and Howard (in picture to left) and Tanya from the Penguin Library group were fabulous hosts! They made me feel so welcome. I was able to meet so many librarians. I learned that not only women like The Long Quiche Goodbye. Many men came up and said they were the foodies in the family. A few teens stopped by and asked for a signed copy, as well. Pretty much everybody said they couldn't wait for Lost and Fondue to come out in May. Yeah!

For those who haven't been, ALA is a convention that shares the up-to-date "new stuff" for librarians. Books, both adult and youth-oriented. Non-fiction and fiction. Books on tape. Tables, desks, chairs, and new digital-age wonders that will help librarians, etc. It's mind-boggling.

There was a mystery all-day forum that my friend Rosemary Harris put together. It figured panels with Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeri Westerson, T. Jefferson Parker, and more.

I met up with a few soon-to-be published friends, Lynne Sheene (pic on right)
and Rochelle Staab, (pic on left, below; ). Take a look at their websites. You'll want to read their books.

Next, I drove from San Diego across highways 8 and 10 to Phoenix, where I joined up with my husband and his pals to see the BCS championship. What a game.

While I drove, I contemplated what my next
blog recipe would be, and I decided frittata. Why? Because I am in the middle of heavy edits on the third book in A Cheese Shop mystery series: Clobbered by Camembert, and I was adding a breakfast scene and it included a frittata. But let's face it, a frittata is good for lunch and dinner, as well.

And I was hungry (from all that driving and editing).

So when I came home, I made the following meal and it was delicious!



(for two to four)

4 eggs

½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 pork sausage, diced

¼ cup yellow onion, diced

½ cup tomato sauce

3 ounces Mozzarella cheese, sliced

4 basil leaves, shredded with scissors


Preheat oven on broil.

Mix eggs and Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl and set aside.

In 8-inch skillet, saute 1 tablespoon of oil. Toss in diced sausage. Saute on medium high for 3-4 minutes. Drain.

Wipe skillet. Add 1 teaspoon of oil. Toss in onion. Saute on medium high for 3-4 minutes until tender.

Add sausage and egg mixture.

Cook, using spatula to lift cooked edges and allow uncooked eggs to ooze underneath, 3-5 minutes.

In separate 8-inch skillet, saute 1 teaspoon of oil. Place hot-oiled skillet on top of egg mixture skillet.

Flip. Cook eggs in new skillet for 2 more minutes.

Pour tomato sauce in center of the frittata; spread to edges.

Arrange Mozzarella on top.

Broil frittata in oven for 3-5 minutes. (Be careful not to burn the cheese.)

Remove from oven (remembering to use a POTHOLDER for hot handle.)

Slide frittata onto serving plate.

Sprinkle with shredded basil.

My greatest library (librarian) memory ever?

Taking my young son to the library and
seeing him picking out book after book to devour that week.
I loved reading to him and loved seeing him choose challenging books, funny books, colorful books. What will we do without libraries? We've got to figure out how to save them.

What's your best memory?


If you'd like to know more about A Cheese Shop Mystery series and want to download a few other recipes from me (on recipe cards), click on this link to my website: Avery Aames. I've posted recipes in the "morsels" section. There's lots of other fun stuff, as well. And sign up for the mailing list to get in on the next contest...coming soon.

Say cheese!