Reviews and Blog Posts: cooking

Crafting, Compassionate Communication, and Coffee Shop Treats!

Owl sleep mask

Whether you're feeling crafty or hungry, or want to learn to communicate with more compassion,Fresh City Life My Branch has the weekend program for you!

All you crafters out there, get ready! So many choices in our Make & Take Studio:

Friday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch: Handmade Owl Sleep Mask with Rebecca Hensley from the Denver Craft Ninjas. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

All of these are happening Saturday, February 9:

Valentine's Day

valentine treats

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Expressing our love and care to others can take many forms. Baking and creating a special atmosphere for Valentine's Day is a fun way to celebrate this day. DPL has many resources to inspire you.

Culinary Competition

Knives at Dawn

While television food competitions like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and Chopped can be fun to watch, the most prestigious food competition is widely believed to be the Bocuse d'Or, held every other year in Lyon, France.

The 2013 contest was held just this week, and the team from the United States finished a respectable 7th in the field of teams from all over the world. Check out the NPR story on this year's U.S. team and how they trained here.

Whether you aspire to participate in such a competition someday, or just like to read about how cooking contests work, the library has some items to get you started.

February--The Shortest Month, but Packed with Programs!

Plush heart

February may be the shortest month, but Fresh City Life My Branch still has lots of programs for you to choose from. See the complete schedule here.

Intrigued by thrift store shopping and saving, but don't know where to start? Michelle from Shop My Closet will get you started! Learn how to incorporate thrift stores into your regular shopping rotation, and even get to try out your skills! Saturday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library.

All about braising : the art of uncomplicated cooking

by Molly Stevens

DPL Rating:
4

Braising, the art of cooking foods with both dry and moist methods resulting in melt in your mouth amazingness. Often used to tenderize tougher cuts of meat, but for me the stand out recipe in this book was the "World's Best Braised Cabbage ", cabbage, carrots, onions, olive oil and...

Food, Books, and Blogs!

Are you settling in to 2013? Ready to get the most out of the new year? Let Fresh City Life My Branch help!

If you've resolved to cook more interesting meals, you've come to the right place! On Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Monica Kadillak for Great Finds at International Markets. Denver has many specialty markets to help you explore international cuisine! You'll learn where to go, what to look for, and of course, what to do with those new ingredients when you get home! Recipes and samples included.

Swing Into the New Year with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Are you ready to start 2013 with some new skills or some new thoughts? Break out of your routine and into the new year with a Fresh City Life My Branch class!

Here are the offerings for Saturday, January 5:

UpCycle: Men's Shirts--get creative and create something new out of something old! Bring your own shirts, or use ones that we provide. So many possibilities that there will be a second session on January 19! 10 a.m. at Schlessman Family. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Slow cooker revolution : one test kitchen, 30 slow cookers, 200 amazing recipes

DPL Rating:
5

Another winner from America's Test Kitchen! This is another of their books that I tested by bringing home from the library, and then went out & bought because I know I'll use it over & over. These recipes were all thoroughly tested for maximum flavor--which sometimes means a little more...

Coming in 2013!

Owl Sleep Mask

Even though 2012 is winding down, we've got some great Fresh City Life My Branch programs planned for you in early 2013! Mark your calendars now for these great programs!

Author Kathleen Negri discusses her book Mom, Are You There?: Finding a Path to Peace Through Alzheimer's at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch on Tuesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.

Monica Kadillak is back with several cooking classes, including:

Holiday Happenings with Fresh City Life My Branch

Holiday cookies

Whether you want to create something for the holidays or get away from the bustle, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this weekend!

Even if you haven't bought all your gifts yet, you know you'll have to wrap them! Take some time to do a relaxing craft that's also kind to the environment--Make a Cloth Gift Bag at Schlessman Family Branch Library  on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. These reusable bags are perfect for any small item and will give any gift that extra personal touch. We'll have lots of great fabric for you to choose from, but feel free to bring your own!

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