Merrymeeting Adult Education
Enriching Lives Through Community Education

October 2019
Prize-winners inspired by Merrymeeting cooking classes
Dick Othuse with his granddaughter Mary Beth Moriarty at Jinger Howell's Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie class.

First prize peanut butter cookies.
Less than a year after his first baking class, Dick Othuse is racking up ribbons at local fairs

When Dick Othuse's wife Gayle died of rheumatoid arthritis in April 2018, he lost not only his spouse of 59 years, but the person who prepared all the meals.

"She left me with no cooking skills," Dick said. "She was a wonderful cook and I was the 'consumer.' Unfortunately, I paid little attention as to how she made those wonderful feasts."

Gayle left her husband with hundreds of cookbooks and thousands of recipes, he said, but "not how to use them." 

The couple's granddaughter Mary Beth Moriarty told Dick about cooking classes at Merrymeeting. He figured he better learn his way around the kitchen or risk going hungry, so he signed up for Deb Arter's  In the Dough, In the Know class last fall.

"It has been has been a truly rewarding experience ever since," Dick said.

He's got the blue ribbons to show for it. 

So far, Dick's Pumpkin Whoopie Pies won the Whoopie Pie Contest at the Topsham Fair.  The same recipe came in second at the Cumberland Fair.

It was Dick's homemade cookies that stood out for judges in Cumberland . First prize went to his peanut butter cookies, second to chocolate chip, and third to s ugar.

It's safe to say Dick knows his way around the kitchen these days.  

"I want to express my sincere appreciation for your adult ed program," Dick said, " especially great instructors such as Deb Arter who helped me so much!"
Featured Class: Share your recipes & family stories in Food & Memory
Writing instructor Karen Schneider poses for a picture with Mindful Movement instructor Sergei Slussky, at the enrichment teachers' meet & greet on Sept. 5.
Tell me more about a meal you love

More intriguing and evocative than just a cookbook, you'll explore your own food history and share with others in this interactive workshop. 

We'll intertwine family recipes and/or personal favorites with memory to create a kitchen keepsake to keep or for gifting. 

Format and function, printing options, food photography, and much more will be covered. Bring your ideas and recipes, as well as tasting samples if you like! 

Please bring your laptop or writing implements to each class. Also bring four favorite recipes to the first class. 

Karen Schneider is a professional writer, penning the Coastal Journal's popular Cooking at the Cove column, and has been a contributor to the Lewiston Sun Journal for 23 years.

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Cover art, "Merrymeeting Bay,"
by Bill Stanton

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