7.13.2008

One of Those Perfect Meals

It's not exactly a summertime meal, but oh, it was so good! This weekend, we enjoyed lamb shanks with a heavenly sauce, pureed white beans and roasted carrots. At this very moment, we're lolling on the couch, patting our happy tummies. Wal-Mart, not exactly my favorite place, does offer up some incredibly meaty, reasonably priced shanks.
The recipe can be found here - we made the following (good) changes:
  • Browned lamb shanks first, then removed and sauteed veggies in same oil (don't waste the tasty brown bits!)
  • Made a day ahead and chilled sauce, in order to skim maximum fat (left a couple Tbsp for flavor)
  • Instead of discarding veggies, pureed and added to sauce (absolutely crucial for a to-die for sauce)
  • Added extra veggies (garlic, celery, carrots, etc.). More is always better!

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7.02.2008

ALA Anaheim

What a great ALA conference! Mom came along and hung out at the pool, and we managed to sneak in a bit of fun in between conference sessions (a couple of nice meals, and a bus tour of the California beach scene).

I focused on attending sessions related to business librarianship, but came away with many great ideas for the library as a whole, including:
  • Story arcs for more engaging bibliographic instruction sessions
  • Web 2.0 for libraries, including social bookmarking, libguide subject pages, and blogging.
  • A resource page devoted to demographics
  • New, low-cost, user-friendly GIS options for libraries
We'll see how many ideas JCKL can implement!