With all of the beautiful strawberries available this summer, I am reminded of the scrumptious strawberry shortcakes my mom used to make “from scratch.” Knowing the recipe by heart, Mom sifted all of the dry ingredients into a crock, hollowed out the middle for the eggs and milk, and used her fingers to gently (and lovingly) combine the mixture. Afterwards, she cut out the shortcakes using the end of a recycled can.
OK, that's a bit of an overstatement. You can never have too many cookbooks. I like to cook, mainly because I love to eat well. My kitchen contains a sprawling array of cookbooks. However, most of my cookbooks are quite dusty now.
When the temperatures start to cool down, I venture outside to enjoy camping and campfires. There’s nothing like sharing ooey, gooey s’mores with friends while sitting in front of a warm fire on a cool autumn’s evening! Before passing around the marshmallows and graham crackers though, we usually eat another of my favorite camping foods: Dutch oven stew made with chicken, potatoes, and carrots. While waiting for bed with a full belly and campfire stories still fading from the air, I cannot help but wonder if we are not unlike the pioneers of the Old West.
This weekend is the American Royal Barbeque, and all the celebrities of the barbecue world are going to be there: ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, and that notoriously fickle member of the entourage, beans. The American Royal Barbecue contest is, in the words of Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest barbecue competition in the world.
Here's a recent exchange I had with Carolyn Wells concerning the origins of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the competition going down this weekend.
Are you a cookie fiend? A Cookie-A-Holic? Are you looking for that perfect plate of cookies to exchange at your office, church, or school function? Do your taste buds water for new recipes, but you don’t know where to find just the right one?
Show your pet you care for their health today by preparing them a home-cooked meal! With all the pet food recalls and contamination concerns, this day focuses on pet nutrition and encourages people to make sure their pets are properly fed.
With the weather turning cooler, it's time to think about some warm, comforting recipes to make for this time of year. Many times, quick and easy meals can be made in your slow cooker. At the Grain Valley Branch, we have many slow cooker recipe books that have a variety of meals in them. A few examples of our books are the following:
November 4 is National Men Make Dinner Day! Wives and girlfriends, let your man know that it’s their day to take a turn in the kitchen (or at the grill if they prefer) to make dinner for YOU! Rules are listed below: