Public invited to upcoming Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy session at St. Rose

Kitchen Therapy is a monthly Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) program offered at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to provide healthy cooking tips for people whose appetites are being affected by cancer treatments and other chronic diseases.

However, Siefkes noted, the information in the interactive television (ITV) setting is valuable for anyone.

The next session is set for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room at St. Rose. The public is invited to the free presentation.

The main presenter does a really good job, said Siefkes, St. Rose facilitator for the classes. She is not a flashy cook; she just gives good, basic cooking tips. And since she is a dietitian, she has the expertise to teach us how to eat a healthy diet.

Leigh Wagner, a dietitian at The University of Kansas Medical Center, leads the ITV discussion. Randy Evans, another KU Medical Center dietitian, helps her in the kitchen.

St. Rose is member of MCA, the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Siefkes also noted that she and a few local cooks have brought samples of the recipes to the previous events and will do so again. You can then decide if you like it before cooking it, she said.

Those who try the recipes could win a prize such as a cookbook, apron or $25 Walmart gift card. To enter the contest, let MCA know how the creations turned out and post photos on its Facebook page - - or send an email to

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