Reviews and Blog Posts: cooking

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

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

Reviewer Rating:

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!

Get Ready for the Holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Book wreath

The holidays are coming! Whether you need recipe (or healthy eating!) tips, something to decorate with, or an idea for a special gift, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Plan on keeping your holidays healthy with Eating Healthy During the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Traci Carpenter, MNT, is the Tamarac Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist. She'll talk about eating well during the holidays, and you'll take home creative ideas and a stomach full of samples!

November Highlights

Army bicycles

Have you had a chance to look at the November/December schedule of Fresh City Life My Branch events and classes yet? Here are some highlights!

On Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m., celebrate Veterans Day with Army Bicycles: The Ride Stuff at Schlessman. Local, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jerry Cleveland explores how the military has used the bicycle and why it attracted the attention of commanders worldwide.

On the Hunt for Ghosts, History, Crafts, and Bread!


On the hunt for great adult cultural programs? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Meet the Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch! Denver's leading ghost hunters, Spirit Paranormal Investigations, will provide a fun and informative presentation about ghosts and the art of ghost hunting. SpiritPI will share spooky stories about what it's like to investigate the paranormal and demonstrate the tools they use to detect ghosts.

Stitching, Soup, and Scandals!

Felt skull

Have fun this weekend with a Fresh City Life My Branch program--learn some stitches, eat some soup, or hear about Denver's scandals! Business minded folks, check out the display class on Monday!

Here are your choices for adult cultural programs on Saturday, October 6:

10 a.m. at Schlessman: Dr. Eric Zacharias, author of The Mediterranean Diet: A Clinician's Guide for Patient Care, will share the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Not just for doctors!

A Legend, an Owl, a Cup of Coffee, and Some Butterflies

Backstage Past

Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:

10:30 a.m. Strange Brew at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library: Learn to brew your best cup of coffee at home with both traditional and new brew methods. Please register: 720-865-0135 or

Simple weeknight favorites : more than 200 no-fuss, foolproof meals

by America's Test Kitchen

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This is my favorite new cookbook--I had to buy a copy so I wouldn't keep the library's copy out forever! Everything I've tried so far--Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken, Pine Nut & Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Maple Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Bacon Hash, Pork Florentine, Sesame Pork Cutlets, Summer...

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