Canning and Preserving

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 […]

Cooking With Fresh Food From the Farmer's Market

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 […]

Let's Make Beer series

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 […]

Meatless Mondays

  When my husband and I first started cooking on our own I barely cooked with meat for two reasons: 1.) It grossed me out to touch it and 2.) I wanted to experiment more with meat-free cooking. Okay, there is also an element of laziness added in this equation, but we will ignore that […]

Newer Cookbooks

If you’re anything like me, you have a tendency to scour over the upcoming books section listed with online booksellers with the purpose of finding new cookbooks to obsess over! Below are my 10 favorite cookbooks that are fairly new (within the last 6 months!) or new to the collection. Modern Sauces by  Martha Holmberg […]

Seasonal Cooking

When I am planning meals for the week (okay, sometimes it’s for the day!), I try to keep in mind seasonal recipes. One reason I do this is because the food flat out tastes better if it is in season, and seasonal foods usually are kinder to my bank account. Each season I check winter […]

Quick and Healthy Meals

If you are anything like me you have a tendency to overindulge on sweets and delicious foods available during the fall and winter holidays. As soon as January 1st comes around I make a resolution to eat better and exercise more during the year. Luckily my mom raised us on very healthy foods and I […]

Baking Challenges

For a long time I have been wanting to try baking croissants at home. Every time I’ve watched a cooking show on food network or PBS that featured enriched breads, specifically croissants, I watch very carefully to see what exactly makes these dainty treats so difficult to make. Luckily, after reading many recipes and blogs, […]

ReShonda Tate Billingsley at the Library

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Join ReShonda Tate Billingsley, national best-selling author, Thursday July 12 7:00PM-8:30PM in Marvin Auditorium 101BC as she discusses her new book “The Secret She Kept.” Billingsley is a former television and radio show reporter, actress, freelance reporter,  ghost writer, professional editor, and has written 21 bestselling books (including eight adult novels, eight teen novels, one […]

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

The first day of Summer is upon us and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than enjoying a bowl of delicious, creamy ice cream! This is one of my favorite desserts to make at home, and I was so excited to find the variety of cookbooks Topeka & Shawnee County […]