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posted: 5/7/2012 11:12 AM

Schaumburg library offers smorgasbord of programs

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By Susan Miura
Schaumburg Township District Library

Attention All Foodies! If you like eating, cooking or just watching the Food Network, don't miss some of the May programs coming to the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. Come for programs that link food with travel, food with scrapbooking, and food with, well more food.

We start with "A Taste of the Midwest" from 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the library's Rasmussen South Room. Travelers Susan Miura and Patt Nicholls will cover 10 easily drivable destinations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and our own Illinois, with discussion of regional foods interwoven among colorful travel slides. Participants will be treated to a Midwest snack and receive a recipe packet using ingredients native to the sites presented. Corn, pork, cheese, peaches, apples, berries, fudge and more will be included in the presentation and recipes. Beautiful slides will highlight a wide variety of sites to visit, from state parks to amusement parks to museums and breathtaking beaches. There's something for everyone in the Midwest!

Do you have a celebration on the horizon? A graduation, perhaps, or maybe a shower or birthday party? Come to "Festive Garnishes" from 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, May 21, in the Rasmussen South Room. Chef Lou Buchenot will demonstrate various ways to create garnishes from fruits and vegetables that have plenty of eye appeal. Colorful and artistic, his fancy garnishes are easy for anyone if you just learn the steps. Tastings and recipes will be included in this program.

Old family recipes and scrapbooks have always been a great way of preserving memories. Vintage cookbook collector and author Amy Alessio combines both in her "Vintage Scrap-Cookbook" programs slated from 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the Rasmussen South Room. Come and discover the popular wedding and shower foods and decorations of decades past. With Amy's guidance, create recipe scrapbook pages which can be used for gift albums or to keep for yourself. Tasty treats will be provided.

Whether you love your foods sweet or savory, modern or vintage, you're sure to enjoy one or all of our free May food programs. To register, call the library at (847) 923-3347.