Yes, you can cook these books
If you give a mouse a cookie, you can include the actual cookie. Central Piedmont Community College’s annual arts festival, Sensoria, will include the return of The Edible Book Festival: To enter, you make a food creation inspired by a book. Judging is 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 12 at CPCC’s Harris Building. Entries have to be edible – candy, cake, fruit or anything consumable by humans. Categories include best depiction of a title or theme and best parody. Details and registration: researchguides.cpcc.edu/ediblebookfestival.
Kraft makes quiet changes
Notice any difference in your boxed macaroni & cheese? After a campaign started by two Charlotte bloggers, Vani Hari of www.foodbabe.com and Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com, to remove artificial colors and preservatives from Kraft’s Mac & Cheese, the company announced this week that it has been using paprika, turmeric and annatto instead of food coloring since December. New boxes will include the information.
Get ready for canning season
The N.C. Cooperative Extension service will offer a live webinar, “Basics of Home Food Preservation,” from noon to 2 p.m. March 18. The program is free as part of the Sustainable Living Series. To get the link, you have to register at go.ncsu.edu/sls or call 704-336-2082.
Get your garden started
SkillPop, which offers low-cost classes on life skills, will offer “Gardening Basics” at 6:30 p.m. March 21, taught by Pressly Williams and David Blackley of Renfrow Hardware. The class will be held at Renfrow Farms and cover raised beds, organic fertilizer and plant selection. The class is $30 at www.skillpop.com.