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       I love the changing seasons and Fall has always been my favorite season of them all. Fall is in the air and on my mind after a recent trip to the Dell’ Osso Family Farm in Lathrop. I spent a fun filled night with friends looking for that perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze and shooting mini pumpkins with their pumpkin blasters. I love the way Halloween always makes me feel like a kid again! I also love the creativity that abounds this time of year. I look forward to the fantastic costumes, yummy homemade treats, and of course the incredible pumpkin carving. I’m currently searching through library books to find new ideas for Halloween decorations and pumpkin carving. It’ll be hard to top my clown jack o’ lantern pictured above (yep, I carved that!) but I’m sure going to try. The library has quite a good selection of Halloween materials. If you would like to see what we have, take a look below:

Halloween costumes

Halloween decorating

Halloween cooking

 Pumpkin carving

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HamburgerHere we are at the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer.  What could be more appropriate at this time of year than to celebrate National Hamburger Day?  Break out your grill, and fire it up.  While you are waiting for those coals to get ready, you might want to read a little bit about the history of the hamburger.  According to several sites I looked at, the invention of the hamburger is clouded in some confusion, and, of course, controversy. Most of the information in this article can be found on About.com’s  Barbeques and Grilling site hosted by Derrick Riches.  Here is the link to the site if you want to read more:http://bbq.about.com/cs/hamburgers/a/aa070597.htm

The origin of the hamburger goes all the way back to Medieval times, when the Tartars used to put beef slabs under their saddle which would tenderize it while they rode, and then they would eat this meat raw.

In the 19th century, German immigrants brought a dish they called Hamburg style beef to the U. S. This may be the origin of the name hamburger.  The modern hamburger is thought to go back  to the late 19th century.  Who made the first  hamburger as we know it is where the controversy comes in. One story says that a Louis Lassen made the first hamburger somewhere around 1895 for a hurried customer at his restaurant.  Others claim it was Charles Nagreen or the Menches brothers who made the first hamburger around 1885 at local fairs.  Who knows? Fast food distribution of hamburgers started in 1921 with White Castle burgers. In 1934, WimpyBurgers appeared.  Then in the late 30’s Bob’s Big Boy introduced the double burger. Hamburgers became more popular with the introduction of the drive-in reataurant.

Hamburgers have become an American obsession, right along with Mom and apple pie.   According to the article in About.com,  most Americans eat 3 hamburgers per week.  And McDonalds has sold an amazing 12 hamburgers for every person in the world!

So no matter how you like them: with relish or mayonaise, mustard or cheese or ketchup, broiled or grilled, with or without the bun, enjoy that hamburger this weekend!

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Grill It Right

To celebrate National Barbecue Month and get you ready for summer, here are some cookbooks that feature recipes and tempting treats for the grill.

Weber’s Art Of The Grill : Recipes For Outdoor Living weber's_outdoor
The Vegetarian Grill : 200 Recipes For Inspired Flame-Kissed Meals
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Taming The Flame : Secrets For Hot-And-Quick Grilling And Low-And-Slow BBQ
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The Southwestern Grill : 200 Terrific Recipes For Big And Bold Backyard Barbecue
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The Quick Grill Artist : Fast And Fabulous Recipes For Cooking With Fire
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Jerk From Jamaica : Barbecue Caribbean Style
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Grilling & Barbecuing : Food And Fire In Regional American Cooking
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George Foreman’s Big Book Of Grilling, Barbecue And Rotisserie : More Than 75 Recipes For Family And Friends
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The Best Recipe Grilling & Barbecue
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The Asian Grill : Great Recipes, Bold Flavors
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500 Barbecue Dishes : The Only Barbecue Compendium You’ll Ever Need
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These aren’t your cup of tea? Look for more.

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