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5 Ways to Have Maple Syrup for Dinner

Like breakfast foods for dinner, some things may sound wrong but are just so right. The same can be said for maple syrup in savory dishes. Working on Maple has had Quirk HQ slathering the sweet stuff on tons of dishes we never thought to maple-fy before. And thanks to author Katie Webster's recipes, the results were as one might put it, suh-weeet! So in honor of the book's on-sale day, here’s what Katie’s recipes has taught us about having maple syrup for dinner! (As regaled by publicist extraordinaire Val Howlett.) 

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So You Think You Can Turn Pop Songs into Shakespearean Sonnets?

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Normally I’d turn that lyric into a line of iambic pentameter. Today, I think it’s fine the way it is. With a few short words, the Grateful Dead pretty much summed up my last two years or so — from the first moments of rewriting a Carly Rae Jepsen song as Shakespeare to putting the finishing touches on the book. The entire process has been extraordinary in both senses of the word: wonderful and kinda far out, man.  It’s also been educational. At the outset, I didn’t know “thee” from “thou,” or when a word like “make” should become “makest.” But there are less obvious things I’ve picked up while translating pop songs into sonnets — things I can’t pass on in the sonnets themselves. Here are some of the more entertaining ones:

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Quick Corral: Constellation Quilts & Banned Books

The bad news is that it’s Monday again. The good news is that we’ve rounded up some of the best bookish, geeky, and crafty links of the last week to help get you through your day. Whether you are looking for some sweet Harry Potter artwork, or obsessing over predictions for the new season of The Walking Dead, there’s sure to be something here to make your Monday a little brighter.

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Hermione's Muggle Book Recommendations for Wizarding Students

Hermione reads, a lot. At Hogwarts, she devours magical books on the daily. We have to wonder, though, what Hermione read before she discovered she was a witch. More importantly, did she continue reading the works of Muggle authors after she became a student at Hogwarts? If so, we have to believe she opened the eyes of her fellow students—to some extracurricular reading material.

Here are some of Hermione’s book recommendations to the purest of Hogwarts’ students.

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Quirk Perks: Witch Craft

Witch Craft by Alicia Kachmar and Margaret McGuire: Only $3.99!


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