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Today Is National Waffle Day!

Belgium waffles

Who doesn’t love a classic, golden waffle covered in maple syrup or piled with fruit and whipped cream? Today we celebrate this sweet breakfast and the anniversary of the first patented waffle iron. It was on August 24, 1869 that Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his official waffle iron patent. Swarthout’s waffle iron… read more >>

July is National Ice Cream Month

Strawberry vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries. Sweet berry summer dessert

As the summer heats up, there is no doubt why July was selected by President Ronald Reagan as the official month to recognize ice cream. July is the busiest month for ice cream makers. This year, National Ice Cream Day will be on July 18, the third Sunday of the month. (Watch for a blog… read more >>

Penguin Snacks

Penguin snacks completed

In honor of our Humboldt Penguin Pen Pals at the Akron Zoo, let’s make some fun snacks that look like just them! Pick from Titi, Rocky, Guapo, Gabriella, Pez, Pedro, Mouse, Armando, Schnitzel, Franz, Anadeo and Rico, or make one of each!  (Read all about these special penguins and their unique personalities on the Akron… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Lemon Bars Deluxe

Lemon Bars dessert

I received The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook by Kitty and Lucien Maynard as a gift and baked my way around the country. This recipe is from Windward House in Cape May, New Jersey, and was an instant hit with friends and relatives. It is easy to make and the combination of a shortbread crust and lemony custard filling… read more >>

Lots of Ways to Learn & Improve Nutrition

National Nutrition Month EatRight Personalize Your Plate

March is National Nutrition Month. Do you know what’s good for you to eat? Would you like to improve your diet? Well, the library has some great resources to help you learn about nutrition! These resources are available for all PLYMC library card holders, with most found on the Health Resources webpage and others from our Digital Resources webpage. But this… read more >>

Cooking with the Library—Shoofly Pie

Shoofly pie

Hello! This is Michele and today we are baking Shoofly Pie in honor of Pi Day, March 14th. My family uses Emeril Lagasse’s recipe, which is found here: Steen’s Cane Syrup Shoofly Pie.   Shoofly Pie is thought to be Pennsylvania Dutch in origin and has a cake-like texture with a molasses bottom layer. A thin molasses layer is called a dry bottom pie, which is Emeril’s… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Cooking with Kids: No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

oreo cheesecake dessert

Oreo lovers rejoice! Here is an easy recipe for those who simply cannot get enough Oreos. I had an excellent kitchen assistant, and as you’ll see in the video he deemed this recipe “DELICIOUS!”  Scroll below the recipe for some tips and tricks for cooking with little helpers.   Let me start by saying I am NOT a baker. My attempts at baking are usually laughably… read more >>

Cook Like a Nerd: Official Cookbooks from Your Favorite Fandoms

Chef cooking food

For many of us, our favorite TV shows and movies are places we want to get lost in. We watch them over and over and wish we could immerse ourselves into the universe they create – or else bring part of that universe into our own. One way to capture the feeling of stepping into a fictional world is to whip up… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–How to Make Victorian-Era Wassail


“Here we come a-wassailing, among the leaves so green;   And here we come a-wand’ring, so fair to be seen.”  Have you ever looked back wistfully to the days of yore and wished that you could partake in some of the activities that were once popular? Well, with this blog post you absolutely can! We’ll be making Victorian-Era Wassail,… read more >>

Mocktail Recipes for the Roaring 20s

Mocktail Party

Celebrate the Roaring 20s (both 1920 and 2020) with this delicious mocktail drink! Sara’s Savannah Swizzle Ingredients: Lemon-lime Soda Orange Juice Cranberry Juice Grape Juice (optional) Ice (optional) Directions: Mix equal portions of soda and each juice in a glass. Add ice and garnish as desired. Stir. Or, using a tumbler with a lid, shake… read more >>