Food For ThoughtBringing their unique ideas for easy recipes and maximizing resources available in the kitchen and pantry, the Food for Thought Learning Institute returns to the Pioneer Library System for a fourth year as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

This year, they’ll be spicing things up by giving participants a look at various types of easy salsas they can make.

Participants will get to take a variety of fruits and vegetables and look at, think about and even taste various options to decide what might work well in a salsa they’ll make and then take home.

“We will do tasting exercises with the ingredients first, and we want people to think about how to combine different things, the value of things with what actually just tastes good together,” said Sunny Hill, one of the chefs and instructors with Food for Thought.

The organization has worked throughout Norman and the surrounding communities since 2010, educating local residents on good ideas for healthy eating and for making common ingredients go into tasty recipes and not go to waste. They’ve worked with organizations like Bridges of Norman, the United Way, Dimensions Academy, and most recently the City of Moore on several healthy initiative projects.

"We are already busy with what we do separately, but we see this work as a calling,” said Matt Joplin, one of the founders of Food for Thought.

Hill is the newest member of the institute’s staff and will be part of this summer’s tour. She has taken over for Amy Radford both in projects with Norman’s Food and Shelter for Friends and with Food for Thought.

“I was all about what they do, I love teaching and loving teaching people,” Hill said. “I think it’s really important to take the mystique out of cooking and cooking well to eat well. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to do it.”

The salsa program will be for adults 18 and up and there will be a limit of 24 people for each class so enough supplies will be available. All the supplies, including containers for participants to take home their salsa creations, will be provided.

Events will take place at these times and locations:

June 2 - 6:30 PM - Blanchard Public Library
June 14 - 6:30 PM - SOKC Public Library
June 18 - 10:00 AM - McLoud Public Library
June 21 - 6:00 PM - Noble Public Library
June 25 - 11:00 AM - Shawnee Public Library
June 28 - 6:30 PM - Newcastle Public Library
July 11 - 6:30 PM - Tecumseh Public Library
July 18 - 6:30 PM - Moore Public Library
July 23 - 1:00 PM - Norman Public Library Central
July 25 - 6:30 PM - Purcell Public Library
July 30 - 1:00 PM - Norman Public Library West

Sponsors for this year’s edition of the Summer Reading Program are Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOklahoma College Savings PlanSonicThe Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Pioneer Library System Foundation, Friends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.