Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cupcakes Are for Lovers

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There is something sinful about having your own little cake, or having a selection of little cakes to share with that special someone.  This year for Valentine’s Day, the Co-op hosted a cupcake swap and contest.  There were two categories: the first was for employees of the UConn Co-op and of Dining Services, and the second was for all other customers.  Anyone could enter their favorite recipe; all they had to do was to bake two dozen cupcakes, and bring them in to be swapped and judged.  There were a total of four employee entries and five customers. Some of the entries are pictured above.

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Our Judges, shown above were Ethan and Meghan, both of whom work with Dining Services on campus.  They are shown with the employee entries.  From left to right these are: chewy chocolate brownie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, moist chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter/butter cream frosting, dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting, and our employee winner, banana cupcakes with honey cinnamon frosting and chocolate hearts.

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At the conclusion of our contest we swapped out cupcakes, with everyone who entered being able to take home two of each cupcake entered.  Pictured above from left to right are: Sarah Rose (who works in the supplies department and was our employee winner), myself, Kelly Aceto (the 1st place winner in the customer category for her chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and chocolate raspberry swirled frosting and a chocolate heart on top), Sharon Ristau (also an employee of the Co-op), and Kelly’s son.

Our 2nd place winner in the customer category (not pictured, sorry) was Carla Curran with her delicious white cupcakes with white chocolate Chambord filling & whipped cream frosting with little candy hearts on top.

The event was a success and we had a wonderful time.  There was quite a variety of cupcakes entered and all were delicious.  Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to the possibility of doing another baking contest in the future.

-Nikki B.-

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Age-proof wrinkles

Quick! List all your favorite sci-fi authors–ready? Okay, I’ll go first: Octavia E. Butler, Sheri S. Tepper, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin, and… Madeline L’Engle.

Wait a minute, you might be thinking. On the most recent of my many, lingering visits to the General Books department, I noticed you’ve got Vonnegut shelved in the Fiction section, Tepper, Butler and Le Guin safely stowed away in Sci-Fi, but L’Engle is firmly ensconced in YA Fiction. What gives?

Good question! Much genre literature (sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, romance, etc.) can vary in its definition, depending on who decides which authors make the final cut. Young adult fiction, for example, is a constantly evolving section; the cut-off between YA and teen is more or less permeable (though prevailing trends seem to have called teen for the vampire romances at the moment).

Madeline L’Engle, a prolific author who passed away in 2007, is best known as a writer for young people, but her genre-spanning works can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. We’re currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first publication of one of her best-known books, A Wrinkle in Time. This book, the first in her Time Quintet, introduces the Murry family, featuring smart, awkward, brave Meg Murry and her psychically gifted younger brother Charles Wallace. Though the story takes the structure of a children’s adventure, for me it’s the unusual sci-fi details that really set it apart, and which have made it such an enduring classic. I can’t hear the word ‘tesseract’ without thinking of an ant crawling across a piece of string. This book has it all–aliens! telepathy! time and space travel! And even better, it has the foundation of excellent character development to keep the reader coming back for the whole series.

So for any science fiction fans out there who never take the time to check out our young adult titles… Fifty years later, you’re still not too late! (You might have Mrs. Whatsit to thank for that.)

–Isadora

a wrinkle in time 1st edition cover

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