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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup submitted by Arielle Russell

2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (10¾ ounce) cans of tomato soup
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped or 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoons pepper
1 9 ounce package of cheese-filled tortellini
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Woody: Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Him Submitted by Sherri Donnell

Woody: Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Him By David Evanier

In this first biography of Allen in over a decade, David Evanier discusses key movies, plays and prose as well as Allen's personal life. Evanier tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Woody will be the definitive word on a major American talent as he begins his ninth decade, and his sixth decade of making movies.

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach Submitted by Sandy Curry

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach - by Pam Jenoff

Summer 1941

Young Adelia Monteforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.

The Longevity Book:The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength and the Privilege of Time By Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark Submitted by Sondra Curry

Cameron Diaz follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Body Book, with a personal, practical, and authoritative guide that examines the art and science of growing older and offers concrete steps women can take to create abundant health and resilience as they age.

My Father's Paradise

Author: Ariel Sabar

"A son's search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq"

Jews have lived in Northern Iraq for thousands of years, from the time of the expulsion from Eritz Isreal until they were expelled shortly after the formation of the modern state of Israel. The Jews in the Kurdish areas lived lives not much changed in all that time, even continuing to speak Aramaic into the 20th century. That all changed when they were forced out of Iraq into modern Israel.

Stuffed Shells - Submitted by Arielle Russell

1. 24 jumbo shells
2. 1, 15 oz tub of ricotta
3. 2 cups shredded mozzarella
4. 1, 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
5. 1 tsp dried basil
6. 1 large egg
7. Pinch of nutmeg
8. Salt and pepper to taste
9. 1, 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Cook shells according to package, drain and cool
3. Mix ricotta, spinach, basil, salt and pepper, nutmeg, and egg
4. Spread ¾ cup sauce on greased baking dish
5. Stuff shells with mix and place in dish