Food and Beverages

Fun with Gluten-Free Foods

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by HylaryL

Woman holding vegetables As someone who has been gluten-free since 2010, I can tell you that the prospect of never eating my favorite pastas, cakes or cookies again can be very troubling. Oftentimes when people hear “gluten-free” they think of cardboard, something lacking in flavor, and other unappetizing things. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth! Forget what you think you know about gluten-free foods, and get . . . more »

Eat a Pancake Today, It's Good for You!

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Nichole_TeenLit

Pancakes & Toppings Well...not really, but in celebration of National Blueberry Pancake Day today, I suggest breakfast for dinner. If you need help with the recipes no worries, the library has a great collection of breakfast related cookbooks, especially pancakes. My favorite breakfast recipe is the Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman new holiday cookbook. Check these out too! Pancakes & Toppings Waffles Pancakes & Waffles 150 . . . more »

Pump Up Your Potatoes

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by HylaryL

Roast Potatoes Potatoes are something almost everyone likes to eat and to cook. They’re inexpensive,versatile, and can be a healthy side dish if prepared properly. Unfortunately, they can also get very boring if you’ve been using the same old recipes for years. So how do you spice your spuds? Check out this delicious looking list Buzzfeed created of interesting ways to use mashed potatoes. The Mashed Potato . . . more »

Freeze! It’s Dinner Time!

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by HylaryL

Man opening freezer door at supermarket When you think of frozen dinners what comes to mind? Probably something sort of edible but not very good for you (at least that’s what I think of!) Well forget what you think you know about eating dinner from the freezer…it’s time to make your own frozen meals! Spending a day cooking and then popping your meals in the freezer for later is a great . . . more »

Teen Program~ Cooking with Chef Berna

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Missgina

Teens at the Cupertino Library decorated small cakes just in time for the holidays. Chef Berna has demonstrated cooking lessons for many age groups, and we were fortunate to have her show seventeen lucky teens how to bake and make a glaze. A glaze is a sugary coating or icing that goes over the cake. Once the teens chose their cake shapes, then they were . . . more »

5% Day: A Fresh Idea

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Cupertino_Library

PlaneTree 5% Day at Cupertino Whole Foods Market Support the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ the Cupertino Library by shopping at the Cupertino Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The PlaneTree Health Information Center @ the Cupertino Library is a partnership between the Santa Clara County Library District and PlaneTree. PlaneTree has been providing free, trustworthy health and medical information to local residents and their families . . . more »

Why You Should Eat Seasonally in 2014...and How!

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by HylaryL

Winter vegetables There seems to be a lot of talk amongst health and food professionals about eating “seasonally.” More and more, we are being urged to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, but do we really know why? There are a lot of reasons why eating seasonally is a good idea. It reduces the environmental damage and cost of having foods shipped from places like . . . more »

Get Ready for These Food Trends in 2014

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 by HylaryL

Man eating dessert 2013 was an exciting year for food, bringing us things like cronuts, the food truck phenomenon, ramen burgers and many more culinary oddities delights. But what new food trends can you expect to see pictures of on your friends’ Facebooks, Instagrams and Twitters in 2014? The editors of Eatocracy have created a list of predictions for this coming year that are sure to spark the . . . more »

The Best Cookbooks of 2013

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages

Vegetable Literacy Library Journal released their list of best cookbooks of 2013. Check some out and try some new recipes in the new year: Best Cookbooks of 2013 Vegetable Literacy Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison The Grilling Book The Definitive Guide from Bon Appétit Pasta Modern New & Inspired Recipes from Italy . . . more »

Cheese, Please!

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by HylaryL

Nothing gets eaten at a party more quickly than the cheese plate. Cheese seems to be something that most people enjoy, and a cheese plate is easy to prepare. Unfortunately, “fancy” cheese can get expensive, with small wedges running upwards of $15-$20. For those of us without oodles of money, the prospect of spending $50 on an appetizer can be a little daunting. Luckily, there . . . more »