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Have some fun with astrological cookbook

Whether or not you are into astrology, it can be fun to read horoscopes and see what they say for you — much like those quizzes that go around on Facebook and the like.

Out now is “Your Astrological Cookbook” by Catherine Urban, who is an astrologer and writes themed horoscopes for BonAppetit.com.

This cookbook aims to show you what kind of dishes you might like based on your astrology sign, first by looking at your sign’s makeup and eating and cooking by your element, and then each chapter after is made up of dishes for each sign.

So let’s take a look at me and what I was recommended.

As an air sign, the book says I am game to try new things in the kitchen (so true!) however it also said as a fixed sign, my culinary style is of quality, consistency and technique, and that I have a few signature dishes that I’ve made time and again that I like to make. Meh, kinda I guess, but also not really.

So now we get to my sign’s section: Aquarius. It says the Aquarian kitchen has all the latest gadgets (they might be right!) And then we get to the dishes. My recommended dishes were Skillet Frittata (no, I hate eggs), Avocado Bagel Sandwich (yes), Blueberry Banana Smoothie (no I hate blueberries), Pad Thai (yes please), Sweet and Spicy Almonds (OK sure), Jalapeno Corn Bread (corn bread yes, jalapeno no), Classic Chicken Parmesan (yes please), Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (obviously), Pasta E Fagioli (sure), Creamy Caesar Salad (my least favorite dressing), Linguine with Asparagus, Parmesan and Cream (sounds good), Beef and Polenta Casserole (yum), Barbecued Pork Ribs (no I don’t like ribs), Thai Tofu Kebabs (maybe), Caramel Sour Cream Cake (yes please,) Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (obviously yes) and my cocktail should be a Manhattan (I don’t drink but I especially wouldn’t drink whiskey so pass.) So a pretty good mix of things I would definitely try and others that are never happening.

The funny part is, my stepdaughter is also an Aquarius, and wanted to see what was recommended and…said no to about 90 percent of that.

I did make the Beef and Polenta Casserole for me and my Pisces husband one evening (fellow Aquarian stepdaughter said absolutely not to the polenta.) I enjoyed making the polenta, its always fun to make and simple, and then spreading it on the bottom, filling with meat mixture, and then more polenta on top. After I cooked everything, I discovered I forgot to put the cheese and butter on top (Whoops!)

We both still thought it was pretty good and hey, I got to make polenta again!

So get out this cook and have some fun trying a recommended recipe for you. It may just become a new favorite!

“Your Astrological Cookbook” is published by Adams Media. It is $18.99.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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