Kitchen Princess wants you to cook!

Kitchen PrincessKitchen Princess PUMPKIN SHORTBREAD

And, as promised, Najika’s recipe for pumpkin shortbread:

Make a circular sheet about 7 inches in diameter

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup frozen pumpkin

Instructions:

  1. Place the frozen pumpkin into a microwaveable bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and heat in the microwave for about three minutes.
  2. Peel the green part of the pumpkin using a knife. Smash the orange part.
  3. Let butter sit until it is room temperature. Place butter in bowl and add the flour and sugar to it. Stir with a rubber spatula.
  4. Add the smashed pumpkin from step 2 into the bowl and stir well. Mix it into a ball and refrigerate for about an hour.
  5. Spread some flour on a board and place the dough on top. Use a rolling pin to make it less than centimeter thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Experiment with cute shapes like stars and hearts. Have fun with it!
  7. Place the shapes on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven set at 350 F for about 20 minutes.

Tip:  You can poke holes in the dough using a fork and bake it as you would in step 7 to get a whole sheet of shortbread.

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New Titles In!

It’s always nice to get new titles for the collection and I am happy to say we got in Kitchen Princess, Bizenghast, and The Dreaming.

But I want to point out the manga King City.

This bit of tongue-and-cheek third-generation fight manga is wondrously fun, but difficult to classify. The hero, Joe, employs a magic cat, Earthling J. J. Cattingworth the Third, to do his fighting, lock picking and spy-gizmo work. (PETA members, beware—Joe makes the cat “work” by flinging syringes full of drugs at it.) Joe and his friend Pete do jobs for various shady characters, until Pete falls in love with a water-breathing alien he is charged to deliver to a club for nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, Joe is spying on mob bosses who eat cannibal sushi. Joe and his cat meet a Sasquatch named Lukashev who spent his youth “as part of a super-naut program, along with a chupacabra and a dinosaur from the future.” The fun with words points to an older audience, but the humor has juvenile moments (at one point, Joe uses the cat as a periscope by looking up its butt). The art, while not sophisticated, has a funky sense of movement that suits the hilarious whole. Where Graham really succeeds is in making readers care about these oddballs, especially when Joe risks his life to save his ex-girlfriend from a bad guy (if you can imagine throwing a drugged cat at a mobster as a dramatic moment). (PW)- For Older Teens

Need I say more?