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Just A Little Bite on the Neck

By Gini Rainey

I was out recently with some friends drinking adult beverages when the topic of books came up.  It just so happened that my publisher – and good friend – was sitting next to me, punched me in the arm and said, “Hey, I think you should read this series of books for some of your reviews!”  I told her I was open to it, but cautiously added “Are you okay with the kind of books I review?” To which she told me I read too many books about death and dying.  Point taken!

So, while I wait for that list, I wandered into my “library” and the only book that screamed “Write about me!!!” was this fun little cookbook I picked up last fall.  “Love At First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook” that was written by M+W Media, was just quirky enough for me to add to my ever-growing collection of cookbooks.  With the cautionary on the cover of “Contains More Than 300 Suckulent Recipes,” other than some scrump-deliousious recipes, its claim to fame in my book is the unique twists on the names of the recipes.  This collection of “fangtastic food and drink will take you on a nightmarish culinary adventure you won’t soon forget.”

With catchy section names like Bits and Bites, Suckulent Soups and Stews, Sinful Seafood, Petrified Poultry, “Organ”ick Foods, Bloodless Buffet, Nocturnal Nibbles, and Liquid Lunches, the table of contents is sure to suck you right into a cooking/feeding frenzy, and that’s not all!  The section titles even have subtitles.  Bits and Bites goes one step further with the description “Appetizers to Leave Them Screaming for More.”  Seductive Sandwiches tells it like it is with “A Handful of Horros,” and Murderous Meats flogs the idea of “Flesh and Bones to Sink Your Teeth Into.”  And if that isn’t enough, there are tidbits about the undead scattered through to keep you from turning off the lights at night.

Who doesn’t love a good potato soup?  Well, we have here Vlad’s Vichyssoise, along with the Tasty Tidbit “Vlad the Impaler was the fourteenth-century ruler of Wallachia who became infamous for impaling his enemies on poles and famous in
Romania as a national hero.  Vlad Dracula was the inspiration for the name of Bram Stoker’s title character in the novel Dracula.  But don’t let that information keep you from trying the recipe.  A great thing about vichyssoise?  If you don’t care for a chilled soup, well then just warm it up and it’s just as good.

If you’d like to cook easy and eat hearty, why not make some vichyssoise for dinner tonight?  Or perhaps just some good ol’ rib stickin’ potato soup?  Vlad’s recipe is very close to my own, will share it with you and also what I do differently.  Peel and dice three medium size potatoes and boil in 2 cups water along with a diced leek – white part only (or one medium size onion) until tender.  Puree’ the leek/onion, potatoes, and water mixture in a blender.  Now add 1 cup heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste.  Chill thoroughly before serving.  To serve, thin out with a bit more cream, if necessary and garnish with chopped chives.   My recipe for potato soup is served hot.  When the potatoes and onions are fork tender, add the cream, salt and pepper, and 4 slices of American cheese. Stir tilled blended and serve.  I like to make home-made biscuits to serve alongside, but crackers are just as yummy.

So, I just noticed that perhaps this book leans a little bit towards death, and that I also reviewed “The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: Christmas in Tinsel Town” a month ago, but hey Tena, 2 out 4?  That’s not too bad!


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April 5th-7th: Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair


Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair:

Thursday-Saturday, April 5th-7th

The annual Book Fair, the primary fundraiser, began in 1968. A spring and fall sale event, each consisting of a three day sale, gives 75% of net proceeds funds to health career scholarships at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler.

The Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair will be held at 2004 Broussard St., Tyler. The book fair will be held April 5th-7th, 8am-6pm. Only cash and checks are accepted.

“The community looks forward to our sales and anticipates all the great ‘deals’ and wonderful books they will purchase. We have shoppers from all around the state. We enjoy greeting our seasoned shoppers and meeting new ones as they line up early Thursday morning in anticipation to opening,” said Kelly Michaels, current President of SCMSA.

She continues, “‘Achieving Dreams’ a group of exceptional young adults volunteer every Monday to sort, shelve books, clean, and help with other various jobs. The “Achievers” love working at the Book Fair and show us the meaning of giving back to the community. They are a huge part of Book Fair success.”

Now, shoppers have a nicer shopping experience with more room to roam and more books to choose from. There are books for everyone! There are children’s books, collector’s books, cookbooks, new releases, coffee table books, fiction, non-fiction, hobbies and “How To” books, autobiography and biography, sports, religion, self-help, romance, travel, children’s, gardening, history, and much more.

If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the book shelves outside in the front of the building. Donations can be made any day, at any time. Donated books are brought in daily. For a donation receipt, please leave your name and address information with your donation or call (903)561-1353 to schedule a drop-off.

For additional information visit or call Book Fair at (903)561-1353.

We also take monetary donations. If you would like to donate to Book Fair, please see the Donations page at This is a wonderful way to honor or remember a friend or loved one and to further health care education.


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March 2018: Book Worm Events!

March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell  and discuss her book “Our Baby.” The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to

March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to

April 5th-7th (8am-6pm) – Book Fair – This year’s event focuses on the sale of donated books which will go to endowed scholarships for nursing and healthcare at TJC and UT-T and for community health projects. Thousand of books will be available for purchase. This is held at SCMSA, 2004 Broussard St., Tyler.

August 4th (1-5pm) – Book Bash will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. They are doubling the authors for 2018’s Book Bash! Tickets will be on sale until the day of the event. Come on out and find a new favorite author as well as meet the authors behind the stories. For more info go to Tickets are $12.

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Spring Programs at the Library

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Spring Programs at the Library

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to


All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. Storytimes will not meet the week of Spring Break, March 12th-16th.

  • Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am
  • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) features stories, songs, and playtime with developmental toys at 9:30am every Wednesday
  • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under age 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am
  • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Thursdays at 10:30am

March 3rd (2-4pm) – LEGO® Block Party – Children ages 3 and up, bring your imagination for an afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Duplo Blocks are provided.

March 10th and 24th (2-4pm) – Makerspace – This continuing STEM education for children and teens will feature March 10th, Multiplication Bingo; and March 24th, Cardboard Challenge. This will be held in the Library Treehouse.

Spring Break: March 12th-March 16th (10:30am) – Spring Break Movie Matinees – Families are invited to watch a fun feature length films in the library’s auditorium. A different movie will be shown each day. Pillows, blankets, and carpet friendly snacks welcome.


Every Tuesday (4:30-5:30pm) – Teen Tuesdays – If you are in Middle School or High School you’re in! The Library will have games, activities, and fun just for teens. Earn volunteer hours completing special projects. Descriptions for weekly activities can be found at Events are:

  • March 6th: Silent Library Games
  • March 13th: Movie
  • March 20th: Whose Line? Improv Games
  • March 27th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theater

March 3rd (11:30am-1:30pm) – Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners – Pick up tips and tricks for handling your dog from Certified American Kennel Club Evaluator, Judy Parson. No pets in the Library.

March 7th (12 noon) – Great Decisions is a foreign policy lecture series. Books are available for $22 at the circulation desk. The March topic and speaker is “China and American: The New Geopolitical Equation,” Dr. Robert Sterken.

March 9th (11:30am) – “Raised Bed Gardening on a Hillside” with Wayne Elliot will be presented as part of the Smith County Master Gardener Series. Free to attend.

March 15th (5pm) – Reel Talk – This event is like a book-club, but for movies! Free to attend.

March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell and discuss her book “Our Baby.”

March 2nd and 16th (1-3pm) – Veteran’s Movie – Join this biweekly screening of movies presented especially for veterans. This free event is held the first and third Friday every month.

March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan.

Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) – Quilting Class – Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Fabric and quilt patterns will be provided. Participants are asked to provide their own sewing machines, if you have them, plus scissors, and neutral or white thread. For details and a complete list of supplies please contact the Library’s information desk.

Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) – Evening Meditation – Learn the practice of Heartfulness Meditation with Gayathri Kambhampati.

Every Wednesday (5:30pm) – Gentle Yoga – This gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan Vrba who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid.

Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) – Crochet Classes will be held in the 3rd floor Internet Center Workroom. These are free classes. Learn to crochet with Library staff and volunteers. All materials are provided. All experience levels are welcome.


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