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Good cooking on the go

SUMMIT COUNTY – Deborah Lengel loves to cook, but she realizes not everyone shares her passion for the culinary arts. Many women – especially working or single mothers – have little time to spend in the kitchen.

Lengel, who works as a personal chef and owns Summit Chef, is leading this week’s women’s workshop, “Cooking in a Hurry for Girls on the Go.” As a mother of three children, ages 1 through 9, Lengel is intimately familiar with cooking for her family while running in different directions.

Her workshop is geared for working women, mothers and women who either don’t like to cook or don’t have the time.



Crock pots and clay pots are key ingredients to cooking good meals without investing a lot of time in the kitchen, Lengel said. Women can prepare meals in a slow cooker at night and turn it on in the morning as they leave for work. Dinner is ready when they return home in the evening.

Crock pots are a great way to cook one-dish meals such as chili, beef stew and soups, Lengel said.



Lengel will share some of her favorite dinner recipes that take only 30 minutes or less and help women determine what they can create quickly from the ingredients already in their cabinet. She’ll also give tips on what to buy at the grocery store and how to plan ahead to save time in the kitchen.

Wednesday’s workshop, sponsored by City Market, is one of a series of workshops hosted by the Summit County Women’s Center and Borders Books in Dillon.

The workshops have been popular, with about 30 to 80 people attending each one, said Terri Tobey, women’s center coordinator.

“It came on with a bang from the start, and it just continues,” Tobey said. “The demand is there, and the people show up.”

The women’s center will continue to offer various women’s workshops indefinitely, Tobey said. She is working with the town of Frisco to offer twice-weekly workshops at the town’s community building (the former senior center) throughout the summer. Workshops are scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights, June through August, and will explore the topics Emotional Well-Being, Beauty from the Inside Out, and Art Expression and Therapy.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com

Free Women’s Workshops

This week

– What: Cooking in a Hurry for Girls on the Go

– When: 7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday

– Where: Borders Books Cafe in Dillon

Upcoming Workshops

– What: High-altitude gardening

– When 7-8 p.m., Wednesday April 30

– What: Relax! Stress relaxation

– When: 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 14

– What: Sports Injury Prevention

– When: 7-8 p.m, Wednesday, May 21

Borders Books provides refreshments for workshop attendees and storytelling and activities for their young children For more information, contact Terri Tobey at (970) 389-1502


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