Are You Experienced?
It takes a man with hands made for expression to grasp the artistry of storytelling. DeCee Cornish looks like he knows a thing or two about exploring the lore. Cornish will narrate an array of African-American experiences including Black History Month, Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a medley of multicultural events and holidays for Library Live!: The African-American Experience. This event takes place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Hampton-Illinois Library, 2210 W. Illinois Ave. A native Texan, Cornish has been trekking the world collecting legends, folklore and contemporary stories to tell for audiences to cherish and also to keep the age-old tradition alive. Call the library at 214-670-7646. --Desirée Henry
Dish It Out
Kids can easy bake
When we were kids, our kitchen specialty was a complete appetizer-entrée-dessert in a Bundt pan. The basic recipe calls for flour, baking powder, salt, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, pecans, a can of smoked oysters and chuck steak strips marinated in gherkin juice combined before being aged in the oven. Kids have it much better today. Not only can they learn to create delectables such as biscotti, Italian cream cake, tiramisu, cannoli, fresh fruit tart and focaccia, they can create them all without a single gherkin. Have your child join chef Laura Orso at Whole Foods Market for a three-part Chef Kids class and prepare to be dazzled without the need for post-dining medical treatment. Kids 8 to 12 are welcome to sign up, and enrollment is limited (cost is $40 per child). Chef Kids is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Whole Foods Market in Plano, 2201 Preston Road at Park. Call 972-612-6729. --Mark Stuertz