5 Reasons Why Macaroni Is The Most Delicious Noodle

If you, like me, didn’t know that July 7th is National Macaroni Day, fear not; I am here to educate you on why this seemingly-simple food has its own day, and why it should definitely be celebrated. Look no further than this tasty gif for proof that Macaroni is delicious and deserves its time in the spotlight:

 

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If you do need convincing, keep reading for 5 reasons why macaroni is the most delicious noodle.

 

 

1. Cheese

Need I say more? If you see the word “macaroni” on a menu at any restaurant, chances are it’s smothered in cheese. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese per year. So basically, every state is the dairy state (Sorry Wisconsin).

 

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2. Underdog

Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, “The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us.” We all take for granted the things we’re most comfortable with. Let us never take for granted the food that most of us have been eating since we were old enough to eat solid food, the food that got us through the broke college years, and the food that has enough celebrity to have its own national holiday.

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3. History

Macaroni has been around for a long time. Although most people would assume that the Italians created this delicious pasta, it is commonly believed that this noodle is of an Arabic descent. The oldest record of Macaroni may date back as far as 1188 CE. Clifford A. Wright, a Macaroni Researcher, wrote an extensive article on the history of Macaroni that can be found here.

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4. Practicality

Macaroni dates back hundreds of years, long before refrigeration and preservatives. Since macaroni is hard before it is cooked, it is much more easily preserved  than meats and vegetables, therefore making it extremely practical for our noodle-eating ancestors to make and consume. Even now, Macaroni and Cheese is one of the first dishes that many of us learn to cook because of how easy it is to make.

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5. Diversity

Macaroni, and more broadly pasta, is so diverse! If you search for macaroni recipes on the internet, you will find hundreds of mouth-watering meals.  Macaroni salad, macaroni and cheese, goulash, casserole- this stuff is everywhere.

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Below is a list of cookbooks with especially tasty recipes, with and without Macaroni, all of which are available at the Aurora Public Library. The list is by no means all-inclusive, but it’s a great place to start your journey into the realm of delicious pasta. Enjoy.

Cookbooks at the Aurora Public Library

  • Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Gluten-Free Recipes by Ella Woodward (Aurora)

  • V Is For Vegetables: Inspired Recipes and Techniques for Home Cooks From Artichokes to Zucchini by Michael Anthony (Aurora)

  • The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them by Mina Holland (Aurora)

  • Garden to Table: A Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel (Aurora)

Great Summer Reads

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Summer is now in full swing! We at The Library are ready for the long summer days with a cool drink and a good book. What do you have on your summer reading list?

Here are some great summer reads to take with you to the lake or the pool this summer!

  1. The Girl on The Train
  2. The Light Between the Oceans
  3. The Art of Fielding
  4. Charms for the Easy Life
  5. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
  6. The Total Package
  7. The Begining of Everything
  8. A Hundred Summers
  9. The Other Daughter
  10. Me Before You

What do you have on your reading list this summer?

It’s Game On for APLD Teens!

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Our Summer Teen Programs are going great, but it’s always more fun with a bigger crowd of people! Try to make it to the Aurora Public Library on Thursday evenings from 6-8 PM for food and fun. Here’s what’s coming up during the Teen Programs in July.

On July 7th, we have 2 things going on. First, we’ll chat about the book The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. This is the book that all teens received when they signed up for the Summer Programs. Don’t worry if you don’t get the book finished – we’d still like to hear your opinions about the events of the book.

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After we stretch our mind with the book, it’ll be time to stretch our bodies with some yoga. Whether you already practice yoga or are a complete beginner, this will be a relaxing way to wind down your evening.

Hip Hop

On Thursday, July 14th, we have a special guest coming in to teach us all to dance hip hop. Remember each program also includes food and door prizes, in addition to lots of laughter!

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We will wind up the Summer Teen Programs at the Aurora Public Library on Thursday, July 21st with a night of LARGE games. This will also be the night when we draw for prizes from the Reading Slip box. If you haven’t put many blue slips in the box, don’t worry – there’s still time! You get to complete a blue slip for reading a book, for coming to a program, for bringing a friend with you, and for being willing to tell the other teens about a book you read. Plus, everyone who comes to the final event will get another special prize!

100 Years of National Parks

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100 years is a pretty long time. In 100 years America has done some really cool things, but arguably the most beautiful thing we’ve done is create our National Park System, and grown it into the massive establishment it is today. The National Parks Service was signed into existence through what is commonly known as the “Organic Act” by President Woodrow Wilson in the year 1916. If you’re interested in what happened between 1916-2016, this would be a good read for you. If you know where this post is going and are currently saying “but the air conditioning feels so good right now,” or, more likely “parks have bugs and heat and are not the beach,” trust me, I’m with you. It’s easy to let the summer heat keep us indoors or by a pool at all times (hold the sunscreen, I’ll take the tanning oil). It’s not every day your country’s National Parks Service turns 100, though, and I’m here to give you some options for how to make the most of this historic year.

 

  1. Take your family and friends to Lesko Park, or one of the other nearby city parks. Sure, they’re no National Park, but each local park has it’s own original flavor, and gives you a different perspective on life in and around your city. Grab some ice cream, leash up the dog, and have some quality time with the people closest to you in a city park.
  2. Versailles State Park is the closest Indiana State Park to our area. With three hiking trails, six mountain biking trails, a lake, campgrounds and a pool, Versailles is like that friend who is talented at everything, but doesn’t brag about it so you’re not jealous of them, you’re really excited for them and you want to spend time with them. The library even has free admission passes available for checkout at each APLD branch. Check our catalog or give us a call to check their availability!
  3. Take care of your surroundings. Even though you may not visit a single park this summer, you can still contribute to a cleaner environment wherever you are. Pick up after yourself, pick up after others even though it’s not your job, and recycle as much as you can. These healthy practices ensure that we will still have our parks, national or not, for years to come.
  4. Invite a friend, or make friends as you go. Since this is a historic year for our national parks, parks all over Indiana will be busy with visitors all summer. Need a date idea? Have a picnic at the park! Haven’t seen a friend in a while? Go for a hike and catch up while you do it. Looking for new friends? Look no further than the people who are out enjoying our parks. Think of the NPS’ 100th birthday as a party that you don’t have to organize, you can just attend, bring friends, or make them while you’re there.
  5. Watch Parks and Recreation. This Emmy Award Nominated show takes place in the Hoosier State, dealing with the ups of down of a  small government parks departments. Educate yourself and have a laugh, all while still enjoying  our parks (however fictitious).

So what I’m saying is: get yourself out there. Our parks have come a long way in the past 100 years. Who knows, in another hundred years our parks may be a distant memory, or they may function as arenas for the hunger games (it could happen!). The future aside, our parks are beautiful, people work really hard to keep them that way, and we should all take advantage of the amazing state and country we live it. Still not convinced? Check out some cool facts about the Indiana Department of Natural Resources below, and celebrate 100 years of National Parks.

Happy camping.

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