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Visit Virtual Aisle 641 for Tips to Become a Great Chef

December 17, 2020 —  In the Library, good cooks take their cues from books in the Dewey Decimal 641s. But we’re taking you to the virtual aisle on Thursdays at 7 p.m. to visit with chefs at popular restaurants in Springfield to learn the secrets of one of their signature dishes. Winter is the perfect time to fire up the cooktop or preheat the oven for sweet or savory delectable goodies. 

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  • Jan. 14: Soup. Jenny Russo is the force behind the great soups and other delicious dishes at Russo St. Michael’s restaurant in downtown Springfield. Learn one of her favorite recipes for a belly-warming soup to tide you over this winter. 
  • Jan. 21: Main Course. Joe Gidman, of Van Gogh’s Eeterie on historic Commercial Street, created his menu after living in the Netherlands. He’ll show us how to make Meatball Zuurkool: two Dutch meatballs with brandied brown gravy served over "zuurkool stamppot," golden potatoes mashed with sauerkraut and bacon. 
  • Jan. 28: Make a Perfect Pie Crust from Scratch. Eleanor Taylor of Prairie Pie began baking in her grandmother’s kitchen and she’s been providing restaurants and bakeries in Springfield and New York City with custom desserts since she was 16. She'll show us how to make the perfect pie crust, and offer ideas for delicious fillings. 



Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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