With the economic crisis cutting into most folks' social budgets, eating at home is making a comeback. Home-cooking is a great way to save money, spend time together as a family, and to eat healthier since restaurant portions are often super-sized as well as overpriced. Don't have time to cook, you argue? Try one of the many cookbooks or websites offering recipes taking thirty minutes or less, needing only five ingredients, or catering to those without cooking experience. Often, these selections take advantage of convenience products to help you take some shortcuts in preparation and do not involve complicated skills or high-tech gadgetry to prepare them. To help you make the transition from dining out to dining in or to get some new ideas, check out these upcoming cooking classes.
The Woodford County Extension Service will offer the Cooking At Home Made Simple Series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, February 19 and 26 and March 5, 12, and 19 at the Agricuture Resource Building, 184 Beasley Road. Classes will consist of demonstrations and tastings of simple foods to make as a family and to add nutrition to your diet. Each class is $4 and requires a one week advance registration by calling (859) 873-4601. Topics are Easy Slow Cooker Meals, February 19; Simple Fruits and Veggies, February 26; Whole Grain Goodness (Breads), March 5; Homemade Crackers-appetizers to dessert, March 12; and Quick and Healthy Lunches, March 19.
Susie Quick, cookbook author and former food and nutrition editor for Real Simple, Glamour, Organic Health, and Style magazines and owner of Honest Farm Market in Midway, will offer a class on Flexitarian cooking at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12 at Midway Christian Church, 123 East Bruen Street, Midway. A flexitarian diet is composed primarily of grains, vegetables, and fruits with the occasional addition of lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy. The class menu will include vegetarian fried rice, a "kitchen sink" salad with vinaigrette dressing, black bean and cheddar quesadillas with fresh salsa, and roasted bananas with caramel sauce, pecans, and lowfat frozen yogurt. The $32 class fee includes dinner and all materials and must be paid prior to the class. Students should bring a medium-size cutting board, a chef's knife, and an apron. Reservations are required by calling (859) 533-0085 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diving Team Brings Home Win
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The Woodford County High School Girls Diving Team won first place in the Woodford County Invitational held Saturday, January 17 at the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center. Pictured front from left: Chloe Boykin, Hannah Freeman, and Rachel Adams. Second row: Sam English, Kendal Curtis, Anne Haley Pendleton, Sarah McGoldrick, and Shelby Smith. Back: Assistant Coach Edwin Rye, Head Coach Jamie Palumbo. Not pictured, Kelly Fleck.
Band Members Make All-District
Congratulations to Woodford County High School band members Daniel James, percussion, Ashford King, trumpet, and Rachel Betts, french horn for being accepted to the Kentucky Music Educators Association District 7 All-District band. Acceptance was by audition. Great job!