Food Notes, April 3, 2012

Eating for oneCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nutrition expert and West Virginia resident Stephanie Bostic will present her cookbook, "One Bowl: Simple Healthy Recipes For One," at 11 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Bostic will sign copies of her book following the presentation and provide samples of her recipes.Call 304-342-1461 or visit taylorbooks.com.Bourbon TastingThe Marshall Artists Series will sponsor Bourbon Tasting, a fundraising event, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 26 at Wesvanawha, 825 Fourth Ave. in Huntington. Kentucky native and bourbon expert Jane Conner will lead the event, which features five Maker's Mark products paired with foods prepared by 21 at The Frederick.The bourbons to be tasted are White Dog, Under-Mature, Maker's Mark, Over Mature and Maker's Mark 46. Tickets are $100 for a single or $150 for couple. Call 304-696-3326 or visit marshallartistsseries.org.Eat your greens The Pocahontas Nature Club and the Hillsboro Public Library will sponsor a Wild Edibles Festival April 21 in Hillsboro. Participants meet at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Public Library to hear a presentation by Mimi Hernandez on the nutritional/medicinal value of common "weeds" like dandelion, violets and ramps, then go to Pretty Penny Café for a wild edibles lunch.After lunch, local naturalists will lead a walk to gather wild edibles, and they will demonstrate how to prepare the wild edibles to eat at a potluck dinner. There is no charge for the festival, which should last all day.Call 304-799-4766 or email mdawson@frontiernet.net.Cupcake workshops for teens
Branches of Kanawha County public libraries will offer free workshops at various locations for teens to make cupcakes. Holly Hale, a dessert artist from Hollypops in Scott Depot, will teach youth between the ages of 12 and 18 the basics of making cupcakes, including how to decorate with frosting and fondant.Registration is required.Classes will be offered at:Clendenin Branch Library at 6 p.m. April 17. Call 304-548-6370.
Riverside Public Library at 3 p.m. April 23. Call 304-949-2400.Elk Valley Branch Library at 6 p.m. April 24. Call 304-965-3636.Torte reformThe recipe for Dr. Ruth Westheimer's Favorite Passover Nut Torte that appeared in the March 28 Food page should have been attributed to Divine Kosher Cuisine cookbook.Messy MeringueThe appearance of picture-perfect meringue-topped pies frequently takes a turn for the worse when sliced. Ensure a tidy slice by dipping the serving knife in hot water and cut the pie with the hot, wet knife. To avoid crushing the meringue, first slice lightly across the top of the meringue to get through that rubbery top. The hot water dissolves it so the knife cuts cleanly through the other layers.
Reach Julie Robinson at julier@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes.
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