Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico
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Articles / January 18, 2020

After posting some links on how to help Australia with their devastating bushfires, we received some suggestions to do a similar post for Puerto Rico. Two and a half years ago, Puerto Rico was hit by two hurricanes in rapid succession. We posted some ways to help in September 2017. They have yet to fully recover from those hurricanes. Recently, they experienced several serious earthquakes with aftershocks still being felt. The links we previously posted may still be active and taking donations, but if not, here are some other options to help: Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen: Provides fresh meals and emergency food relief. Hispanic Federation: Provides emergency relief, trauma therapy, and mental health services. All Hearts and Hands – Smart Response: Repair work and a partnership with World Central Kitchen. Romance for PR: A silent auction put together by Lucy Eden and Romancelandia to raise money. If you have additional suggestions of how to give aid to Puerto Rico, please leave them in the comments!

Soggy Bottoms: It Takes Two Ciabattas to Tumble
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Articles / January 18, 2020

I couldn’t remember my last Soggy Bottoms experiment, so I had to look through the archives to give myself a refresher. Turns out, my last bake was the creme caramel fail that turned into vanilla scrambled eggs. I think my mind decided to repress that memory. Typically, I alternate sweet and savory recipes, which means we’re back to bread. Baking bread in a technical challenge fashion has always been tough for me. It’s cold right now in Boston and I have yet to find a hack to proof bread in a quicker fashion. But I really wanted to finally make bread that looked and tasted the way it was supposed to. So I said fuck it. I’m going to bake this damn bread the way I want to. Bake: Ciabatta Episode: Series 5, Episode 4 Whose challenge: Paul Hollywood Time limit (on the show): Three hours Resources: I followed this recipe from Paul Hollywood! Process: For those of you who don’t know, I picked up some part time work at a local bookstore. I also went on a mini vacation to the Keys in Florida recently. My free time at the moment as I settle into the new year is…

Book Beat: Librarians, Molly O’Keefe, & More
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Articles / January 18, 2020

Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two! In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster. A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak Author: Molly O’Keefe Released: December 9, 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet. But Peter, the…