Want to learn more about cooking with fresh ingredients? How about growing those ingredients?
First Congregational-United Church of Christ and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to present “Digging In!”
This series of cooking classes will be held throughout the summer at the church, 361 17th St. SE. Classes are free and open to the public. Read on to learn more:
CEDAR RAPIDS — A free cooking class open to the public will be held at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 19, at First Congregational-United Church of Christ, 361 17th St. SE. Class participants will learn how to make quiche using garden-fresh ingredients.
The class is part of a free summer education series called “Digging In!” co-sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the church. The quiche-making class is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.
The cooking class will be presented by educators from the ISU Extension and Outreach Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
Here are other events and presenters in the series, which continues throughout the summer:
June 27, 6:30 pm: Eat Fresh From the Garden, presented by Alicia Aguiar, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian
Alicia will explain to families the nutrition benefits of eating fresh greens and herbs and preparing dressings, dips and summer beverages with greens or herbs harvested from the garden.
July 23, 6:30 pm: Mindful Eating, presented by Kristi Cooper, ISU Extension & Outreach Family Life Specialist
“Mindful eating” can reduce overeating, increase your enjoyment and appreciation for food, and transform the way you think about how and what you eat.
July 25, 6:30 pm Edible Weeds, presented by Melissa Sharapova of Backyard Abundance.
Want a new way to get rid of weeds? How about eating them? Melissa will talk about what plants are growing in your yard and neighborhood that are safe (and tasty) to eat.
August 6, 1 pm: From Seed to Table, presented by Barb Wing, Linn County Master Gardener
Follow a growing season from planting to menu planning. Get tips for favorites and new varieties and how to adapt to a very dry growing season.
Aug. 20, 7 pm: A Taste of Herbs, presented by Judy Bemer, Linn County Master Gardener
Learn how to use and preserve herbs. This class features herbal tea, herbal goodies, handouts, and a discussion about how and where to grow herbs.
Sept. 10, 6:30 pm: Growing Through Grief, presented by Barbara Koch, Mercy Bereavement Coordinator, and Becki Lynch, Linn County Master Gardener
Learn how gardening can help ease us through loss and difficult transitions, what the plant world teaches about growth and resiliency, and how to get started on creating your own memorial garden in honor of a loved one.
Other events yet to be scheduled include a family-friendly workshop with information about keeping backyard chickens in the city, and a September harvest party.