Maybe you think that cooking is difficult, nearly impossible or you want to kick your basic cooking skills up a notch. Maybe you’re a fast foodie or tired of your same old ramen noodle diet. Whatever your skill level the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with a variety of resources and programs.
You’re busy, you don’t have a lot of time to cook but fast food doesn’t have to be junk food. Top Ten Time Tips from Real Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern, young adult author of cookbooks for teens.
- Don’t waste time wandering round your kitchen looking for an ingredient or piece of equipment. Get organized!
- Vegetables chopped small take a shorter time to cook.
- Need the oven? Switch it on-first thing you do.
- Save time and energy by using the right size pan.
- Water can take ages to boil, so try not to use too much. Get that lid on the pan for speedier heating.
- Use time well. If you’re waiting for something to boil or marinate, prep something else.
- Extra time suits some food like marinating meat, so do’em the day before and fridge’em.
- Make more food than you need at a time. Double recipes. That’s lots of time saved and other meals taken care of.
- Take opportunities. If you’ve got bread left over, make breadcrumbs and stick them in the freezer for later. Make stock from roasts. Freeze fruit for crumbles, yogurt bowls and smoothies.
- Speed things up by using the right stuff. A sharp knife’s faster than a blunt one. Try a hand mixer. Get good equipment and a sharp grater.
This book might be for you, it’s organized by minutes for the length of time it takes to prep and make a recipe, check it out.
- Get Cooking by Sam Stern, separates this cookbook into ingredients we all love.
- College Vegetarian Cooking by Megan Carle and Jill Carle
- Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook by Sam Stern
- Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Suzanne Gold and her All-Star Team
- Everyday Food: Great Food Fast, this book shows you how to cook in season.
- Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast
- Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan & Jill Carle
Shop local farmers’ markets, that way you can eat fresh and support local growers and businesses. Some good ones in our area:
- Covington Farmers’ Market, located at Third St. and Park Pl. Saturdays 9am-1pm, May-October
- The Dixie Farmers’ Market, located at the Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave. Thursdays 3pm-6pm, April-October
- Independence Farmers’ Market, located at 5272 Madison Pike Saturdays 8:30 am-1:00 pm, May-October
- Findley Market Farmers’ Market, located at 1801 Race Street in Cincinnati. Saturdays 8am-2pm, Sundays 10am-2pm and Thursdays 3pm-6pm
Check out the Food & Cooking resources our digital librarian organized.
Teen Cooking Programs at the Library
Interested in learning how to make Coffee Drinks? Come to the Breakfast Club at the Covington Branch.
Take a look at the Cake Wars program, where teens learned how to decorate cupcakes and cake balls last weekend.
Enjoy and get cooking!
–Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian