Blog Action Day 2011

Happy Sunday, dear readers! Today is both World Food Day and Blog Action Day. In honor of both, today’s post will be a special one dedicated to food.

I was excited when I heard about this year’s Blog Action Day theme because I love food. I love a good meal shared with friends and family and I am always happy when I’m baking or cooking. One of my favorite things about living in the Bay Area is that I have a wonderful group of friends, many of whom are librarians and archivists, who like to get together for potlucks. We always have too much food and lots of great conversations (some of which even are about topics other than libraries and archives!).

Since this blog is usually about libraries, archives, and technology, I thought I should bring World Food Day back into the library (even though LCSH no longer includes “cookery”). So I give you the League of Evil Baking Librarians. Please submit a photo and/or recipe to the league so the Tumblr doesn’t get lonely. It’s fun to share baking projects with each other.

In the last year, I’ve been cooking a lot more than I have in the past and because of this development I’ve become quite obsessed with recipes that are yummy, fairly quick to make and don’t cost a fortune in ingredients. So I just want to share with you a few of my favorite recipes from the wonderful Joy the Baker:

Chocolate Bundt Cake: This recipe is lovely. I substitute chocolate ganache for the glaze and it gets rave reviews at the library.

Vegan Pumpkin Walnut Bread: I had an intern last year who was vegan, so I learned to make this bread. It is super-tasty and makes two loaves, perfect for sharing and perfect for autumn!

Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries: Even a baker needs to eat something other than baked goods and these baked fries are delicious!

Cheddar Black Pepper Biscuits: These are amazing when made on a lazy Saturday morning and eaten with a fried egg. Super-simple and comforting on a cold morning.

Spicy Vegetarian Chili: This recipe makes so much chili that it is perfect for potlucks on chilly autumn days. Also, the Jalapeno Pepper Jack Scones are yummy, too. (I think of them more as biscuits than scones, but either way they are tasty).

Hopefully these recipes will inspire you to make something tasty in the coming week. I’d love to know your favorite recipes, too. Please share them in the comments.

This week I’m at Internet Librarian so be prepared for lots of posts on the techie sessions I attend. Hope you have a fantastic day and lovely week. Allons-y!