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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making - Alana Chernila I really enjoyed this cookbook. Written to encourage all cooks to make from scratch the foods that you normally pick up already made. I have made my own biscuits for years and have told any and all that it is easier and tastier to make my own rather than use canned biscuits. This cookbook follows up on that and gives recipes for basic packaged staples many families buy.Make a real cake instead of a boxed one. Make real icing instead of canned icing. Make our own ketchup. Your own mix for pancakes and waffles. (why use bisquik!?) Even make your own pop-tarts! The picture on the front is of a variety of homemade pop-tarts, and they look yummy! I confess I have never liked pop-tarts, except the crust. The edges. I used to buy pop-tarts in my single pre-cooking days. I never really liked them, but I would eat the crust around the edges because that was the part I liked best. Well here is a great recipe using pie dough. Yea! The section on pasta has encouraged me to get my pasta making stuff out and have another try at making my own noodles. Lovely pictures, sweet stories about the author and her family, and encouraging recipes! What's not to like?! *****Best lines in the book are from the section at the very end on whipped cream. "Life is too short to eat food that doesn't taste good. And if nothing else, let's eat REAL whipped cream." I agree!!!