Did you know April is National Soft Pretzel month?

You never know what you'll learn at the library, that's for sure. If you've already started baseball season by having a soft pretzel at a game, I'll bet you didn't know that April is all about soft pretzels. And now that I've written "soft pretzels" a few times, I'll bet you're starting to crave one. […]

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It’s time for ramps!

April is the prime time to enjoy ramps, a garlicky spring vegetable that seems to pop up right now and then disappear after a few weeks.  So what the heck is a ramp?  They are wild leeks, most often foraged from shaded, woody areas and for many of us, one of the first signs of […]

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Are you ready for Pi Day ?

Pi Day is March 14 (naturally).  And, what better day than to celebrate with some PIE? You could begin with this book: How to Bake [pi] I met the author of this book and she's absolutely lovely and so enthusiastic that I was convinced this book would erase my childhood trauma of being bad at math. […]

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Flour + Peanut = Multiple reasons to celebrate

Did you know that March is National Flour Month? And also National Peanut Month? If you want to celebrate both at the same time, perhaps some peanut butter baking could fit the bill?  We suggest starting with Peanut Butter Sweets by Pamela Bennett.  Peanut Butter Sweets Other tasty titles include: Peanut Butter Comfort      […]

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Death and Company. And what that has to do with a culinary blog

If you browse the shelves in our culinary section, maybe the spine of the book that reads "Death & Co", in scrolling silver text on a black cover, caught your eye. From just the spine, you might think we had accidentally mis-shelved a book about death customs or cemeteries. However, the full cover reveals "Death […]

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One potato, two potato

I was browsing the culinary section this week and noticed several titles that focused on potatoes. While I certainly enjoy potatoes, and actually consider them to be one of Nature's most versatile vegetables (and could eat them a few times a week, I'm sure), I didn't realize that they were the subject of more than […]

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Inspired by chefs

One of my favorite things to read in the Riverfront Times is their weekly profile of people involved in the local restaurant and bar scene.  Recently, they profiled and interviewed Samantha Mitchell, the owner of Farmtruk, which focuses on a roving farm-to-table concept.  It's interesting to read about her culinary path, and also about what […]

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Dinner and a movie

You don't need to wait for date night (or even have a date night) to enjoy a fun pairing of dinner and a movie!  Thanks to this fun book, you can find a number of food-cocktail-film pairings, highlighting films from the 1930s through the 1980s.  In addition to great recipes, you'll find period-appropriate suggestions for […]

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Culinary Discussion Group – Chinese Foods

Welcome to the Central Library Culinary Discussion Group! We meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m. in the monthly book club room, located next to the Central Library Cafe. All are welcome to join us! January's topic will be Chinese Foods, in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New […]

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Chinese Cooking – Chinese New Year Is Coming Soon

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Ramen noodles, dim sum, and Singapore rice noodles conjure up images of Chinese feasts. Another famous Chinese meal is Peking duck. This takes several courses to prepare and eat. Crispy duck is shredded and placed on pancakes that have hoisin sauce and sliced green shallots, then rolled up and eaten like a taco. Duck soup is another […]

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