Mexican foods and Mexican-inspired restaurants are very popular across the United States, but many of us have only a limited knowledge of what traditional dishes are served in Mexican-American homes and what is enjoyed by our neighbors south of the border every day or on special occasions.
If you have only dined on Tex-Mex style nachos, tacos, burritos, enchilada, and chimichangas, you will find that authentic, flavorful Mexican cuisine is easier to prepare than you may have imagined. How to create amazing salsas and suggestions on what to do with those tomatillos or fresh or dried chiles you see in the produce section will be easier once you examine cookbooks available at the Kenosha Public Library.
“Year of the Jungle” by Suzanne Collins, c.2013, Scholastic, $17.99, 40 pages
All day long, while you’re at school, you really miss your parents.
The concept makes little sense. If it’s on television, it’s scripted, cued, manipulated, airbrushed and dramatized to the extreme. Reality TV isn’t what people live day-to-day, but rather television’s version of reality: stuff that will get great ratings — preferably shows with controversy. And in Gerald’s case, in “Reality Boy” by A.S. King, a lot of on-screen defecation.
“Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theatre” by Michael Sokolove, c.2013, Riverhead Books, $27.95, 352 pages
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like yourself.
Books about librarians? Must be dull, even soporific, right? Au contraire! Check out these books about Library Land’s complex, courageous and inspiring inhabitants, human and feline:
In “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” Josh Hanagarne details his personal struggles through the challenging and unpredictable world of Tourette’s syndrome. Diagnosed with the disease as a teen, Hanagarne later served as a missionary with the Mormon church, eventually married, started a family, and earned his library science degree, all while dealing with the tics and debilitating symptoms of Tourette’s. It was “extreme” weightlifting, as taught to Hanagarne by a former military prison guard, that eventually provided some relief from his symptoms and taught him how to “throttle” his disease into submission. A truly inspirational story, the author leads each chapter of this book with light-hearted, laugh-out-loud snippets of his experiences as a librarian at Salt Lake City Public Library.
“Keeping It Civil” by Margaret Klaw, c.2013, Algonquin Books, $24.95, 272 pages
You went to work today, and nothing happened.
“Who Asked You?” by Terry McMillan, c.2013, Viking, $27.95, 383 pages
You can’t fix everything.
“Goat Mountain” by David Vann, c.2013, Harper, $25.99, 304 pages
It’s always about the hunt.
The unprecedented and contradictory social and cultural upheaval that immediately followed World War I still fascinates authors and historians. Readers appreciate the distinctly modern tastes reflected in stories set in the “Jazz Age,” which, while mirroring contemporary popular culture, retains the exotic attraction of a romantic past.
Nobody’s life changed more in this time than that of the young urban woman, so recently allowed to vote (in the U.S. and England), smoke, drive and to show her knees. No wonder the 1920s and a variation of the “flapper” heroine still appeals to mystery novelists and readers alike. Two of the most prolific and entertaining series featuring this modish era are the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries by Carola Dunn, and Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series.
Kenosha police and paramedics responded Thursday night to the reported stabbing of a woman in the 8000 block of 14th Avenue.
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness.
Heather Adamski, who was fatally shot early Wednesday in Kenosha, was described by a longtime friend as someone who “saw the good in everybody.”
Kenosha County’s Division of Health has received a high performance accreditation by a national program supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.
Teachers and other employees in the Kenosha Unified School District are in limbo as the district holds off on implementing new contracts.
BRIGHTON — New Brighton School administrator Penny Boileau was wishing she was already here this week as eight inches of snow fell in Winter, Wis., where she serves as superintendent of a 4K-12 district of 332 students.
The Kenosha City Council elections slated for this spring are shaping up to feature a number of contested races, according to papers filed with the city clerk’s office.
PADDOCK LAKE — Sara Tanner saw the new Timeless Child storefront several weeks ago when she brought her children to Paddock Lake to visit their grandparents.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Literacy Council will unveil its 2013 Student Anthology at its annual winter celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.
A man fought with Kenosha Medical Center emergency room personnel Tuesday afternoon, police say, injuring security officers who were trying to calm him down.
Two people were cited for public nudity after someone saw them having sex in a car on the Gateway campus Tuesday afternoon.
Kenosha County Youth As Resources, a grant-giving program that helps youth groups in Kenosha County to plan and implement community service and service-learning projects, has awarded four grants to local organizations this fall.
A woman is dead and a 38-year-old man in custody after a 10-hour standoff in Kenosha Wednesday.
STURTEVANT — Gateway Technical College’s programs that seek to eliminate the “skills mismatch” between manufacturers and potential employees drew the praise of U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez Wednesday.
TWIN LAKES — Allied Plastics got the nods of approval it needed from the Plan Commission Wednesday to proceed with purchasing the Christmas tree lot on Holy Hill Road for use as a 140-stall parking lot.
The 2013 Crossing Borders Artist Market & Studio Tour this weekend provides an opportunity to see artists from southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois at work.
Entrepreneurs looking to open pawn or secondhand shops in Kenosha now have to abide by new rules dictating their location.
The spring election campaign for the Kenosha Unified School Board looks like it may be getting crowded.
At Bradford High School, about 350 kids will be getting a lesson in the Game of Life next week when — with the help of Educators Credit Union — the school holds Reality Check.
I may be exaggerating, but it feels like I’ve been eating cookies non-stop since mid-November.
SOMERS — A holiday boutique and bake sale will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road, Somers.
A Salem man stole a gun, police say, when he burglarized a home last month.