Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Taste of Home Cooking School

Last night I got to enjoy a little mother/daughter date night with my very own momma! We attended the Taste of Home cooking school, every two-three years it comes to town and it's been our little tradition to go. I love that she shares a love for cooking just like I do.

If you've never been to a show or don't know what exactly it is; it really is essentially a cooking school. A culinary specialist from Taste of Home prepares and presents 10 recipes, the entire show lasts close to 2-1/2 hours. They make it pretty fun though, lots of stories and tips are shared while they are up on stage cooking. I think especially for beginner cooks, you can really take a lot away from a show. Taste of Home magazine is composed of recipes that are submitted by home cooks, so you know they are good, wholesome dishes that most likely your own family will enjoy. Some are made from scratch and maybe more complicated than others while some will make use of convenience products.

Did I mention prizes and goodie bags yet? They always have tons of wonderful prizes to give away, many which are donated from area businesses. Unfortunately my mom and I didn't win anything last night. We did get a lot of good stuff in our bags though. Since we bought VIP tickets we had some bonus things in our bags. Cookbook magazines, a jar of Jiff hazelnut spread, some high value coupons and I had a $20 gift card to Subway in mine. My mom received a $10 gift certificate to a local restaurant in hers. Really some pretty good stuff in there!

With the VIP tickets we had a little better seating than general admission. We also were able to participate in a meet and greet with our culinary specialist. She answered some questions, talked a little bit about herself and things like that.

Out of the ten recipes prepared, I really think I would make most of them for my own family, with a few modifications of course. One of the highlights of the evening is when they give away each of the dishes. We were secretly hoping they might draw us for the German chocolate cake! I just might have to feature that on the blog soon, you know I'm a sucker for sweets!

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