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Back to School (and work) Lunches

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Are you in a brown-paper-bag-peanut-butter-sandwich-slump? Well then this is for you! Even if you are not sending kids or yourself back to school, once in a while we all can use inspiration for weekday lunches. Below are a few recommendations found in the Cooking Neighborhood and in the blogosphere. Bento Boxes 10-Minute Bento by Megumi […]

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My mom did most of the cooking in he house while I was growing up, but my Dad was obsessed with grilling and trying to perfect certain barbecue recipes – I have a feeling this is the case for many people. He will actually be retiring next week, so I expect during my future visits […]

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Canning and Preserving

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One of my favorite foods to eat while growing up was pear preserves made by my Mamaw every year. Even today when she sees my father she is sure to send him home with a few cans of pear preserves. Not only is she one of the best cooks ever, she is also responsible for […]

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Cooking With Fresh Food From the Farmer's Market

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My favorite part of Summer is the abundance of fresh, local produce available for months on end. Yes, you can find local produce the rest of the year, but there is nothing like juicy, succulent tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, fresh herbs, did I mention tomatoes? You get the idea. A wonderful offering of Topeka & Shawnee […]

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Let's Make Beer series

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Come to the library and listen to home-brewers from the Greater Topeka Hall of Foamers, a local brewing club, as they discuss different aspects of home-brewing. In April we listened as they presented a basic session on how to get started. Plan attending every third Thursday through July to hear about other advanced brewing topics […]