2017-12-14 / Editorial

Ode to fried cheese

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by Melanie Taylor Coombs

For about eight months in 2007, I was thin. At all other times in my life, I was not. Last weekend, I went to a restaurant with friends and we ordered a sampler appetizer plate to share. The sampler included chicken fingers, onion rings and cheese sticks, aka, fried cheese. The cheese was perfectly cooked, steamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. A puddle of grease oozed out when I cut my cheese stick open. My logical mind knows that this is not a healthy food. My logical mind knows that the onslaught of salt, fat and calories is not good for my body. My logical mind knows that I will have to do a lot of Pilates to compensate for this unhealthy food choice. But, in the moment, hanging out with friends, enjoying laughter and good conversation, fried cheese was perfect. For those of you reading this, those of you who also love fried cheese … you are not alone.

McArthur Library has hundreds and hundreds of cookbooks. I am confident some of those books include ways to select, preserve, make and yes, even fry cheese, but with our new program, cheese will not be an option. In January, we are starting a casual cooking group called Healthy Reading – Healthy Eating. People are invited to gather on a Monday evening, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. to look at a variety of cookbooks and select one title as a focus for the next meeting. Each attendee will be invited to select a recipe and prepare it for the following meeting in March. It should be a great way to meet some new friends and enjoy some great new dishes. The program will focus on plant based, vegetarian or limited meat cooking.

Let’s face it, getting healthy and staying healthy is not always easy, especially when fried cheese is so readily available. In an effort to help you in your path to a healthier lifestyle, let me give you some options that do not include dairy products of any sort.

The library offers a Yoga Play time on Friday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. The program is geared for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers. It is a great way to enjoy the benefits of movement with your little ones. Teens and tweens who love gaming are invited to stop by between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for computer games. There is a Wii available for sport and movement related gaming.

We’ve asked the popular organizer and life coach, Lisa Luken, to return at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 to share her top 10 tips for getting organized and living with joy in 2018. Luken is owner of Simple Joy Living. Her focus is empowering people to live a life they choose. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served (no fried cheese, sorry).

If you cannot attend one of our programs, or you are simply not a joiner, do not dismay. The library has lots of exercise videos including yoga, Pilates and the Esmonde Technique. We also loan recreational items including snowshoes. Please feel free to contact Melanie at 284-4181 for more information. In the meantime, happy and healthy reading, see you in 2018!

Melanie Taylor Coombs is adult services supervisor/librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford.

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