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March 9, 2013

You may have noticed a few changes and some new faces in the coffee shop at the Delaware (Main) Library, located at 84 East Winter Street. In the last week or so, there has been an almost seamless transfer of ownership of the café, which is now called “Next Chapter Coffee House.” The new owners are no strangers to operating a café, though-they also own The Depot Coffee House in Urbana, a thriving gathering place that has been operating for several years. They are anxious to make the Next Chapter Coffee House bustling, busy and engaged in the Delaware community, too. What hasn’t changed is the great Crimson Cup coffee that they serve-freshly ground with each cup-and the tasty specialty drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and other flavored treats. And they have added homemade, organic and preservative soups, along with sandwiches, salads, and a variety of desserts. I hope you will stop by the Next Chapter Coffee House every time you visit the Delaware County District Library. You will not be disappointed with the quality and variety of drinks and food that you will find there, and you will be supporting a new, local business, too. You are welcome to enjoy your drink (with a lid) and food in the Library. What could be better than a satisfying cup of coffee and a good book? Enjoying them both at the Library! What is the origin of red velvet cake? According to What’s Cooking?: A History of American Food, during the Great Depression, families were using less food colorings and extracts. While the savings was good news for families, it was bad news for the Adams Extract company. To counter slumping sales, the company came up with the Adams Red Velvet Cake recipe, a concoction that used red food coloring and butter extract instead of the traditional ingredients. Before food coloring became the popular way to make the cake scarlet, the hue was much more subtle and was caused vinegar, cocoa, and buttermilk in the recipe reacting together. The “velvet” comes not from the color of crushed velvet, but from the smooth texture of the cake. What is a juggernaut? Juggernaut comes to us from the Hindi Jagannath, designating a form of Vishnu or his avatar Krishna. The title, meaning “lord of the world,” is derived from Sanskrit. The Jagannath Temple in Puri in the Indian state of Orissa is a major Hindu pilgrimage site. During the annual Chariot Festival, thousands of devotees pull enormous carts bearing the temple deities in procession. Reports of pilgrims crushed under the wheels of the chariots gave rise to the English word juggernaut, meaning an overwhelming or unstoppable force. I checked in Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary for this information. How can watermelons be seedless? Seedless watermelons are a lot like mules - sterile hybrids formed by crossing genetically incompatible parents. Normal, seeded watermelons are diploid (have 2 sets of chromosomes) with one set from the female and one from male watermelon. When the two combine, their seeds grow into a plant that looks like a combination of its parents. Sometimes, though, farmers treat the watermelons with colchicine, a chemical that allows chromosomes to duplicate but prevents them from splitting into two cells, creating a tetraploid - a super-watermelon with four complete sets of chromosomes. The fruit is not genetically modified; cells contain the same DNA as standard melons but twice as many. The farmer then introduces this new tetraploid watermelon to a regular melon to produce a triploid melon with 3 sets of chromosomes. The resulting plant will be a normal looking vine that produces flowers and fruit, but when it tries to reproduce, the chromosomes cannot divide properly, and real seeds never develop. Check The Food Lover’s Garden for more information. If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting or directly to Mary Jane at No matter how you contact us,