TAG: cooking

The revealing nature of food

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NatureOfFood By Clarissa Fidler I’m still trying to recover from a recent viewing of The Supersizers Go…Restoration episode. Brits in the 1660’s consumed a disgusting amount of meat and ale. The average person drank two liters of ale a day and vegetables were considered unsafe to eat because they grew in the dirt. Venison was the […]

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Cookbook recommendations for amazing casseroles and one-pan meals

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_OnePotMeals By Kelsey Hudson For some reason, the end of August always feels rushed, frantic, and pretty stressful for me. I have a lot of catching up to do after three months of action-packed summer programs at the library, not to mention a fair bit of planning for this coming fall. In fact, I even have the pretty lofty goal […]

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Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 2 – basic ingredients and a recipe

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart2 By Brian Vander Veen Last week, I talked about the basic equipment one needs to start brewing small-scale, one-gallon batches at home, but obviously, you need more than just equipment—you need ingredients. Beer, at its most basic, comprises only three ingredients: malted grain, hops, and yeast. However, over the millennia since beer was first b […]

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Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 1 – basic equipment

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart1 By Brian Vander Veen I studied just enough chemistry as an undergraduate to earn a minor in the subject, at least before I made the eleventh-hour change to major in English and thus embarked on the long, circuitous route toward librarianship. But I’ve always loved chemistry—still do. And I certainly appreciate a well-crafted beer. So […]

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6 Pantry Essentials for Quick Meals

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PantryEssentials By Kim Harshberger We’ve all been there. It’s time to make a meal and you end up standing staring into the fridge, then the cupboard, then the pantry, then the freezer, and back around again. All you see are ingredients to make food. In my very early years of cooking, the throw-together meal used to […]

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How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EatingVacation By Kim Harshberger I put down my fork and survey the table, realizing it’s happened again; we just ate a meal when we weren’t even hungry. The husband and I are so stuffed we can’t move and the girls’ meals lay almost uneaten. I feel frustrated at the wasted money and irritated at my lack […]

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Survival Secrets of a Part-Time Vegan

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on May 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SurvivalVegan By Sheri Boggs I’m not vegan. I’m not even vegetarian. But my beloved is, and for the last three years I’ve been experimenting with the world of tofu, tempeh, tahini, and tots (tots are totally vegan—look it up). While I haven’t become a full-on vegan myself, I’m impressed with my partner’s commitment to both the […]

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Cooking with Kids

Posted in For You, kids on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Measuring Cups By Kim Harshberger I survey the damage and sigh. There are lemon seeds strewn across the counter. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are scattered about the floor. Measuring cups, mixing bowls, and cutting boards fill my sink. I hate cooking with my kids. To be fair, I hate cooking with anyone. I believe preparing food is […]

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My Top 5 Kitchen Tools

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_KitchenTools By Kim Harshberger We have a deal in my house, I cook and my husband cleans. It works well for us. But we have some standards. I am all about efficiency and I hate clutter. He likes new gadgets and wants cleanup to go quickly. So the items that get used the most in my […]

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Pie (Pi) for a day

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PiePiDay By Kelsey Hudson For three years in high school, I was a proud Mathlete. That means I voluntarily spent my free time studying and competing against others on how quickly I could solve math equations. Between Mathletes, Knowledge Bowl, and Chamber Orchestra, I could have easily filled the world’s geekiest letterman’s jacket if I had […]

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