The Little Black Book of Brain Games Challenge: A Puzzle of a President

A Puzzle of a President:

These four words, scrambled together, will spell the name of one of the Presidents of the United States. Do you know who it is?



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Recipe Thursdays: Vegetarian Rice

"Organic food contains neither cosmetic nor unnecessary non-nutritive additives such as artificial flavor or color, or chemical preservatives. Thus, all items labeled 'organic' must be grown without the aid of pesticides or hormones and only organic fertilizer or compost may be used," says cookbook compiler Constance B. Bates. "To insure the retention of natural wholesomeness, grains and sugar should be refined as little as possible. It is to escape these additives and to gain the nutritive benefits of unrefined ingredients that most people venture into the realm of organic cooking." Here is a recipe for Vegetarian Rice from Ms. Bates's Simple Organic Cooking published by Peter Pauper Press in 1972.

Vegetarian Rice

8 ounces brown rice
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 cups water or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon mixed herbs
2 medium onions
2 peppers
1 chopped cucumber
5-6 tomatoes
8 ounces grated cheese (or 3-6 ounces
   whole cashews may be substituted)

1.  Heat oil in saucepan and add finely chopped onions and rice. Stir.
2.  Add chopped tomatoes and other prepared vegetables. Cover. Bring to boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
4. Stir in herbs and season to taste.
Serve with cheese or nuts.

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An Anecdotal Index of Digital Reading Trends

The breadth of Peter Pauper Press's subject matter sometimes provides glimpses of unexpected reading patterns. Throughout our ebook catalog's expansion, we've noticed that particular titles thrive on certain ereading platforms. And although given the size of said platforms' overall consumer bases, I'm not sure you could really call Peter Pauper ebook customers a statistically significant sample, a few tendencies nonetheless bear out among our digital readership.

Without further ado, Peter Pauper Press's Highly Informal Index of eReading Trends:

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Recipe Thursdays: Estée Lauder’s Pears Poached in Wine

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a recipe from Estée Lauder as featured in our Eating Rich: Recipes from America's Wealthiest Families , compiled by Evelyn Belienson.

Estée Lauder founded a cosmetic conglomerate and, with style and marketing acumen, built it into an empire. Her creams, perfumes, makeup, and other products are used by men and women all over the world. Not only was Lauder a successful entrepreneur, she was also a renowned hostess, and entertained such celebrities as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Douglas Fairbanks.

Featured here from her dessert menu is . . .

Pears Poached in Wine
Recipe by Estée Lauder

Makes 6-8 servings

6 or 8 Bosc pears, peeled, with stems intact
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups red wine
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
Vanilla ice cream, softened
Slivers of bittersweet chocolate, grated

1. Slowly simmer pears with cinnamon stick in wine, sugar, and lemon juice for about 45 minutes or until pears are tender but definitely whole.
2. Leave pears to cool in the wine mixture at room temperature.
3. Spoon softened ice cream into a crystal bowl and stand the pears around the edge of a bowl, stem up.
4. Sprinkle chocolate over ice cream.

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