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  • 5 Cookbooks Chef Mira Can't Live Without!

    5 Cookbooks Chef Mira Can’t Live Without!

    Perfect for aspiring or advanced cooks, Chef Yamira Lee Johnson’s top 5 cookbooks she can’t live without are inspiring, helpful reads for the kitchen. With each recommendation, we journey through Chef Yamira’s culinary career with roots planted in Puerto Rican cooking to her current passion for adapting old favorites into healthy, plant-based recipes. Books Mentioned:…

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    For Your Thanksgiving Table

    Chef Joycelyn Bryant, a frequent OCLS presenter, shares her recipes for two Thanksgiving favorites. You can join Chef Jocelyn for a live online cooking demonstration on Saturday, November 14, 4 p.m. where she will demonstrate how to make soups that will warm you, fill you up and nourish your body.   SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS: 3–4 large sweet…

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  • From the Director, November 2020

    From the Director, November 2020

    November is a month for reflection. It’s a time when our thoughts turn inward, to focus on the goodness in our lives. It’s a time to be with our friends and our families to share food and conversation. It’s a time for togetherness and a time to give thanks.  For many people, it’s going to be…

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  • Q&A with Chef Yamira

    Q&A with Chef Yamira

    Yamira Lee Johnson is the head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira and a certified holistic life coach. Through a long standing partnership with Orange County Library System she has hosted several Cuisine Corner events. This month, join Chef Yamira in her own kitchen via Instagram Live for a unique cooking experience. Books…

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  • Cuisine Corner: Dalgona Coffee aka Frothy Coffee

    Cuisine Corner: Dalgona Coffee aka Frothy Coffee

    You can recreate the latest coffee trend, Dalgona Coffee or Frothy Coffee, at home in a few easy steps. All you need is instant coffee, sugar, water, your milk preference, a mixer (or a whisk/fork if you are looking for an arm workout) and a glass. Popular in South Korea, Dalgona Coffee gets its name from…

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    From the Director, October 2019

    October is one of my favorite months at the library. All month long, we focus on hosting fun, safe events that your whole family can enjoy together. If you need Halloween costume inspiration, find it in our sewing studios, where our instructors will teach you to make your own original witch hats and superhero capes.…

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  • Q&A with Jarrett Johnson of Lineage Coffee

    Q&A with Jarrett Johnson of Lineage Coffee

    How does your coffee make it from bean to cup? Have you ever wondered? Jarrett Johnson of Orlando’s über-popular Lineage Coffee Roasting, will present ‘Farm-to-Cup Coffee: How the Bean Becomes the Beverage’ at our Herndon Branch on Saturday, March 30. Johnson will share how he and his team pick the perfect bean, carefully roast them…

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    Thankgiving: A Comedy of Errors?

    Ah, Thanksgiving is coming. A time for family and friends to gather, and videos of turkey frying disasters to be posted. Anyone who cooks has stories of triumphs and tragedies in the kitchen, especially when it comes to holiday cooking. Some of those less successful attempts at culinary masterpieces become legend. For my family, these…

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    No-Bake Desserts for Spring

    Looking for easy and fun-to-make desserts, but don’t want to spend your day in a hot kitchen? The library has you covered! These delicious sweet treats are guaranteed to satisfy—no oven required. 1.  Frozen Fudge Pops from The Joy of Cooking What better way to beat the heat than with a frozen fudge pop?  This…

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    National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!

    It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Unlike “Peanut Butter Day” in January, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrates those who love peanut butter and the different ways they eat it.   When you think of peanut butter, most people think of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But peanut butter is present in all kinds of…

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Memorial Day Closing

Orange County Library System will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The library system will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28. View a complete list of holiday closures >