What a person can learn at the library

Controversial it may be, but the feds were sure on to something when they sought unfettered access to (suspicious) citizens' library book-borrowing records. No doubt the most rookie detective could see a pattern in the books I selected last night.

Cheap Eating: How to Feed Your Family Well and Spend Less by Pat Edwards and Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine. Of course, I am hoping to be gainfully employed before a whole year goes by and I am not all that big a shopper anyway. But, it's supposed to be very funny and I could use a laugh and some impulse purchase resistance tips.

I also got Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pirello and Polish Heritage Cookery by Robert & Maria Strybel; looking to maximize my Vita-Mix use and learn a thing or two from the 800+ page book about what the Polish food culture is (was).

My great-grandmother was Rosalia Dembinski. She was born in Germany, so my grandmother (her daughter) insists Rosie was German. But back then Germany saw borders less as a boundary and more as a dare. Plus, I am pretty sure Rosie is the source of the Polish phrases gramma has been keeping us in line with all these years.

And my hubby's mother's family is all Polish, so these facts (coupled with the easy - and free - access to this incredibly well-researched book on Polish heritage cookery) made me decide to investigate this food culture first.

I also picked up a tip book on having a successful blog (meaning, you know, someone else actually knows about it).