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Fun with Fondant

fondant cake

Polish up your cake decorating skills on Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library with Michelle Bush from Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries as she instructs you in how to create molded fondant animals, tiffany and square bows for present cakes, and cut-out and molded flowers.

Books on Cake Decorating:

Cassoulet: The French Obsession

Cassoulet

France's ancient contribution to the peasant table is now one of the most revered dishes in French cooking.

Its origins track back to the siege of Castelnaudary by the Black Prince, Edward the Prince of Wales, in 1355. The villagers came together to create a large cauldron of beans, meat and herbs to fortify their warriors — and cassoulet was born.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

Candle in a Teacup

Join us for this Fresh City Life My Branch craft on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Pour simple paraffin based candles into charming teacups found in any thrift store. A great idea for Mother's Day or as a gift to yourself. Bring your own teacup, or choose from our limited supply. All other materials will be provided.

Are You Ready to Peep Your Book?

The Peep with the Dragon Tattoo? War and Peeps? Twipeep? Harry Peeper? Are you ready for our 2nd annual Peep Your Book contest?

If you have a favorite book, and enjoy those marshmallow Peeps that surface in grocery stores every spring, put them together for the Fresh City Life My Branch Peep Your Book Contest! Create a shoebox-sized diorama of a scene from your favorite book using marshmallow Peeps as the characters. See branches accepting entries for complete submission details. Categories and prizes for adults, teens, kids, and families!

Tonight! Truffle & Wine Tasting at the Overdue Love Club

Chocolate Lab jalepeno pop rocks truffle

Finding that special someone is a lot like finding the perfect special ingredients to mix together for an ideal taste experience. Along this line of thinking, we've prepared a very special Overdue Love Club for you at tonight's singles mixer, from 6:30-8 p.m. at MadWine Bar.

You'll meet other single Denverites while sampling wine and truffles provided by our hosts at MadWine and our event sponsor, Chocolate Lab.

Get Rich Quick: Host a Stock Party

Denver school lunch program. Photo courstesy Western History Dept.

Valuable insider stock info from Chef Jessica Gaydos!

After this Saturday's cooking demo with Chef Jessica Gaydos, you'll be on your way to a truly beneficial stock portfolio. Chef Jess is going to show you how to make soup from fresh produce and short list of pantry ingredients; she'll also talk about making luxurious stocks that can be the base for great homemade meals. Stocks (and many soups) freeze well; after you learn the ins and outs of making stocks, throw a stock party for a group of friends and bank your dividends for future meals.

 

Money Management, Travel, and Teacups

Whether you want to help a child learn about money, virtually travel to Cuba, or make a candle in a teacup, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!!

Adult program selections this week include:

Let's Party Like It's 1929!

Two men dining at a soup kitchen in Denver. Courtesy WHG Photo Coll.

 Top 6 Tips for Cooking in a Depression

Whatever your favorite pundit is calling the current and ongoing economic crunch - recession, economic decline, bear market, slow down -- one thing is certain: the cost of living is going up. Groceries are more expensive and getting to and from the store is costlier as well.

Recently, a close friend said to me, "I just read an article that compares our current economic woes to some of the harbingers of the Great Depression. How are we supposed to prepare for that?"

The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

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