Books, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinnamon

For 2022, the Berryville Library is hosting its own Books, Spice, and Everything Nice spice club. Stop by the library to get the spice of the month and then stop by the blog on the first Tuesday of the month for recipes and more information on the featured spice. We’ll also be adding monthly posts about cookbooks in our collection. For December, our spice is cinnamon!

Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world, and it has a long history. For many Americans, cinnamon is synonymous with baking–perfect for the holidays!–but it is also a wonderful addition to savory dishes, which is often how it is used in Indian, Mexican, and North African cuisines.

Looking for a new holiday cookie favorite? Try the pfeffernuse recipe courtesy of Berryville’s own Jen Geeo.

Want a tasty way to warm up on a cold winter day? Try the cinnamon hot chocolate recipe.

Searching for a new holiday showpiece for Christmas dinner? Try the baked ham with chipotle glaze.

Need a less time-consuming new addition to the holiday menu? Try the cinnamon roasted butternut squash.

Have a sweet tooth that needs quenched either for dessert, breakfast, or both? Try the aranygaluska (the Hungarian cake monkey bread comes from).

On the hunt for a Hanukkah recipe and/or a new breakfast favorite? Try the vanilla cinnamon kissed apple latkes.

Prefer to wing it? Just follow your heart–and the flavor profile suggestions–on recommended uses and pairings.

Not a cook? You might still learn something (and be amused) with the history and trivia about the spice.

Please be sure to update us about how you used cinnamon in December. You can tell us in the comments here on the blog, share them with us on Facebook or Instagram with the #bplspice hashtag, or stop by the library.

Still looking for some ways to use cinnamon in your kitchen? Even though I ultimately didn’t include them in the handout, I was also intrigued by Valerie Bertinelli’s Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Star Bread, Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin, and Maple Cinnamon Ham Glaze.

Recipes in handout lightly adapted from originals in Eat Dessert First!, Simply Stacie, Taste of Home (twice), Well Plated, and Epicurious.

This is our last installation of our spice club, and I am sad to see it go! It’s been a fun constant for 2022 for me and very popular with our patrons. The spices go fast, and I’ve enjoyed the spice conversations I’ve had with our spice club enthusiasts.

Now that we’re wrapping up, I wanted to thank some people who have been instrumental to helping me put together this program. A special thank you to Julie for envisioning the challenge and proofreading all the handouts (and catching the one time I included a recipe that had no mention of the spice in question in an early draft LOL), Jen for patiently spooning out pounds of spice every month (and contributing recipes), Kelli for helping me troubleshoot color coordination issues on the PDFs (and contributing and transcribing recipes), and my grandma for loaning us the use of her special vintage measuring spoon every month.

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Author: berryvillelibrary

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