TAG: cooking

Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in on December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

  Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, the new magazine packed with information about events, workshops, and programs at the library. You can pick up Engage at any of our 10 libraries or view it online. Just like all of our events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, […]

No-trick dog treats for Halloween

Posted in on October 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller    If your favorite trick-or-treaters have four legs instead of two and speak in woofs, ruffs, and barks, then they’ll love these treats that are just for Fido and friends! Made with simple, everyday ingredients that dogs love, you can bet these two snacks will get their tails wagging. Along with the […]

The Whole30: for heart health, for life

Posted in on September 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker The cardiologist gave me a choice: lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and get more cardio exercise or begin taking a prescription. After we talked it through, I made the decision to forgo the medication, and return in six months for a follow-up on how things were going. “Stay away from carbohydrates, […]

Easy orchard fresh sorbet (without the ice cream maker)

Posted in on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Few things are more delicious than the sweet tang of fresh berries on a hot summer day, preferably blended into something cold and refreshing. So I’m sharing the icy deliciousness of homemade fruit sorbet with you. Sorbet is the perfect summer treat. It’s easy to make. All you’ll need is fresh fruit, […]

The revealing nature of food

Posted in on September 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]

Cookbook recommendations for amazing casseroles and one-pan meals

Posted in on August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]

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

Posted in on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]

Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 1 – basic equipment

Posted in on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]

6 Pantry Essentials for Quick Meals

Posted in on July 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]

How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted in on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

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 […]