Used books are my downfall

(among other things, of course)

So, I went on an organizing spree a couple of weeks ago, and found several books/DVDs that we don’t want or watch anymore. Yesterday we took them to McKay’s to see what kind of in-store credit we could get. Among these DVDs, I’ll add, were the first 4 seasons of Weeds which we liked initially … but it just started turning into a soap opera (Showtime? imagine!) and got to be a little too over-the-top. They were all in good condition though, so I figured we’d get something decent for them.

We ended up getting $83 in store credit!!!! It was awesome!!! So I got this Italian vegetables cookbook that I was going to get anyway, plus Best in Show, Reno 911 (season 4), and Sealab (season 4). The latter being purely Matt’s choice. But yeah, and there’s still over $30 left. Talk about making cleaning up gratifying!

I’m a sucker for cookbooks lately. Katie can bear witness. I did sell back a few of the ones that I don’t use … and a few of the ones that I used to use but don’t anymore now that we’re not buying meat. Which makes us, for all intents and purposes, pretty much vegetarians. I mean, we’ll still order meat when we go to restaurants sometimes, but we’re generally trying to keep it out of our diet. (Which means that I really need to stop eating bacon at work … or at least cut down to two days a week or something.) So, I’ve been buying vegetarian cookbooks lately since regular cookbooks only have vegetarian entree sections… which ends up being largely a waste of money. One thing I miss about meat, though, is all the Italian cooking. I mean, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmisiana, etc. This cookbook I got yesterday has a bunch of veggie takes on Italian food — lots of artichokes, olives, leeks, etc, with sauces using cream, lemons, capers, tomatoes, etc. The good ol’ Italian staples. I’m excited about trying them. Most of them look like they’d be awesome with some pasta and bread.

Perhaps I’ll remember to blog whenever I try some of the recipes. I’ll probably end up making one of them tomorrow. We’ll see.

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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

2 thoughts on “Used books are my downfall”

  1. When Marshall and I were in Chicago, we went to Powell’s in Hyde Park (blah blah, I know, but:) … it was awesome, and, amazing. Marshall got a book on home brewing, which he is now going to do, and I almost got a bread making book, but figured at the last minute I should just use what I have. (I do have Joy of Cooking and a Frugal Gourmet book.) So, I got poetry instead — ah! Used books. Yes.


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