Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Learn from a Local
Judi Strauss teaches cooking and gardening all around the Cleveland area. Originally with the horticulture department of the OSU Extension Service, she segued into a career as an independent kitchen and garden expert. Strauss has written numerous cookbooks, listed on her website, and sells her own custom herb blends. The versatile foodie maintains a lively cooking blog featuring new recipes almost daily and handy tips. Just last week she covered chocolate waffles, pineapple glazed chicken wings, a vegetable soup created from what she found in her pantry and fridge, Moroccan date cake, and advice on how to clean copper kitchenware without chemicals (hint: her method uses lemon and salt). I follow her on Facebook and her status updates are a source of constant education.
She also likes to grow what she puts on the table and helps others do the same. Learn the basics of vegetable gardening with Strauss April 3 at the Wellness Center, operated by Fairview Hospital, at 3035 Wooster Road in Rocky River. Register for the class online or call 440-356-0670. On April 15, she’s leading a one-day class at Wildwood Center, at 7645 Little Mountain Road in Mentor, on herb gardening, sharing information about how to harvest, store and use your crop. Register online or by phone at 440-974-5720.