Library recipe contest marks National Nutrition Month

Library recipe contest marks National Nutrition Month


It’s stated that each recipe tells a narrative. For Alina Teplinsky of Fair Lawn, the recipe is a standard Ukrainian borscht soup, and the story is of household and friendship.  

“This recipe goes from technology to technology — my grandmother, my mom, me. I feel it is very important preserve the traditions and share the traditions with the folks,” Teplinsky stated. 

Borscht is eaten all year long in Ukraine and is nutritious and filling. “It brings households collectively. It all the time serves because the dish for household dinners or throughout lunch,” Teplinsky stated.

Teplinsky is one among many Fair Lawn residents collaborating in a multicultural-recipe contest at Maurice Pine Library to mark National Nutrition Month in March. 

The Fair Lawn library is specializing in the theme “Celebrate a World of Flavors” and internet hosting group occasions in addition to the competition. 

“Sharing meals and recipes is a good way to introduce data, flavors, cooking strategies, and produce youth and adults collectively once more by their native libraries,” stated Marla Klein, partnership coordinator on the Bergen County Department of Health Services, a sponsor for the occasion.  

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The month-long initiative consists of different libraries which might be members of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. Currently 13 libraries are taking part: Carlstadt, Ridgewood, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Ridgefield Park, Allendale, Garfield, Lodi, Upper Saddle River, Saddle Brook, Fair Lawn, Englewood and Cliffside Park. 

“The libraries shall be submitting pictures, movies, footage, recipes. It is as much as every library how they make the most of the theme,” Klein stated. Two libraries chosen as winners will obtain a wholesome consuming program for patrons and a e-book on the subject.  

“The actually massive half is simply that folks take part in National Nutrition Month as a result of it’s actually essential to eat proper,” stated David Hanson, govt director of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

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But Fair Lawn is taking it a step additional. In addition to the recipe contest (with prizes together with reward playing cards for ShopRite and Massage Envy going to a randomly chosen participant), the library is internet hosting in-person occasions. 

On Tuesday, a dietician from Lodi’s ShopRite demonstrated a fast Asian stir-fry and defined the well being advantages.

At the top of the month, Senior Library Assistant Emiliana Tuohey will create a group recipe e-book that includes the entire recipes that have been collected.

“We simply need to encourage folks … which have wholesome recipes and, you realize, all of us can do that collectively, cooking and conserving wholesome,” stated Tuohey, who organized the initiative. 

For Teplinsky, her recipe is about greater than wholesome consuming. Although her household is not in Ukraine, she has mates who have been pressured to go away amid the conflict. Cooking, she stated, is nice approach to find out about different folks, and might open the door to speaking about bigger points. 

Recipes may be submitted by March 30 by way of the Fair Lawn library web site,

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