Weekend workshops provide learning opportunities

Baking, writing, baskets and woodcraft to be featured at Legacy Learning sessions

Darcy Maulsby

To help beat those winter blues, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is offering a variety of workshops this weekend.

Unbeatable Baking, Iowa Style

Join blue-ribbon baker, food writer, farm cook and Iowa author Darcy Maulsby at the end of January for a winter baking weekend.

“This cooking class offers something for everyone, whether you’re a beginning baker or an experienced cook. I break everything down step by step and share the secrets I’ve learned from a lifetime of home cooking,” Maulsby said. “Since running my own marketing/communications business keeps me busy, I seek out recipes that don’t require you to spend all day in the kitchen. You’ll leave this workshop with proven recipes, more confidence in the kitchen, and a taste of some great home-baked breads and desserts.”

The workshop will be held at the Oak Cabin at Briggs Woods Park on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Individuals will explore the art of Midwest baking through hands-on learning. Bake homemade beer bread, fool-proof pie crust, classic Dutch apple pie and scrumptious glazed lemon cake.

Participants will even get to take home treasured recipes that may even become staples in their homes for years to come.

“I appreciate the opportunity to bring more learning opportunities to our smaller communities and help people expand their skills, discover a new hobby, and find a new source of enjoyment and accomplishment in their life,” said Maulsby. “Since I’m Iowa’s Storyteller, I’ll also share the stories behind the goodies we’ll be preparing.”

Maulsby grew up on a farm near Lake City and started cooking at home when she was 12. Maulsby entered many county fair cooking contests and Iowa State Fair cooking contests through the years, starting when she was in 4-H. Maulsby has won blue ribbons at the Calhoun County Expo, the Clay County Fair and the Iowa State Fair for a variety of foods, including her famous Magnificent Molasses Cookies and Mixed Berry Jam.

“Because of my farm background and my active role in our family’s Century Farm in Calhoun County, I understand the farm-to-fork connection well and love to showcase Iowa/homestyle foods,” said Maulsby. “I even wrote the book on it, literally, in 2016 with my “Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More” from The History Press.”

Maulsby graduated from Iowa State University with bachelor’s degrees in journalism/mass communication and history, and received her master’s of business administration.

“I have a lifetime of practical, hands-on cooking experience. In my career as an ag writer, I’ve also been a food writer for the past 20 years, and my interviews have taken me to hundreds of kitchens around Iowa and beyond, both with home cooks and professional chefs, learning the secrets to great cooking and baking,” said Maulsby.

Cost for the class is $100 plus an additional $15 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. Attendees are encouraged to bring an apron, a couple of mixing bowls, a mixing spoon, dish towel, measuring spoons, and a willingness to have fun.

To register, visit www.legacylearning.brv or call (888) 832-0012. To learn more about Maulsby, visit www.darcymaulsby.com.

Preserving Holiday Rituals, Traditions, Memories with Jennifer Berte

Join Jennifer Berte at the Briggs Woods Hickory Cabin on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a relaxing weekend of writing in the woods. Attendees are also welcome to come early Friday evening for the workshop.

Berte, who has a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Northwest Missouri State University, taught at Iowa Central Community College for 14 years.

Workshop participants of all writing skill levels are welcome to attend. Berte hopes to help participants explore the art of writing and hone their craft.

“It’s an art that allows so much room for personal expression,” Berte said. “I really encourage people to come out.”

Berte encourages attendees to stay overnight at the cabin Friday and Saturday evening if they wish. Participants can stay in one of the upstairs alcoves for $40 a night. Those who bring a friend can stay for $20 each a night.

Cost for the class is $100. To register, call (888) 832-0012 or visit www.legacylearningbrv.org.

Making Memories in Wood with Ernie Koch

Join Ernie Koch Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webster City High School wood shop to create a one-of-a-kind wood bowl.

Koch specializes in hand made wooden bowls carved from found woods and special memory woods. Salvage wood from your wood pile or a special barn or building and bring a chunk to turn into a beautiful bowl.

Ernie uses natural “found” woods because they provide a warmth and beauty not found in purchased wood and he will help you create a unique treasure. Two inch thick pieces make great bowls or if you have a one inch piece, turn it into an heirloom cribbage board. If you do not bring wood, there will also be some available.

Cost for the class is $100. A $10 materials fee must also be paid to Koch at the beginning of the workshop. The Webster City High School wood shop is located at 1001 Lynx Ave.

To register, call (888) 832-0012 or visit www.legacylearningbrv.org.

Tall Cats Head Basket Weaving with Delayne Segar

Join Delayne Segar on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oak Cabin at Briggs Woods Park and create a unique basket. The Cat’s Head basket will be approximately six inches tal by ten inches wide. Noted for it four pointed ‘feet’ on which it sits, this unique basket looks like a cat when held upside down.

According to the Legacy Learning website, this basket was first create by the Shakers.

Cost for the class is $60 plus an additional $15 to be paid to the instructor. To register, call (888) 832-0012 or visit www.legacylearningbrv.org.