Recipes for success

More than 500 people learned some new recipes and cooking techniques during the ninth Taste of Home Cooking School at Marietta College’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Complex Thursday.

The event was Palestine, W.Va., resident Pat Egbert’s first time at the cooking school.

“I’ve always wanted to come. I like the idea of learning some new recipes,” she said. “And I’m starting to run out of recipe ideas to serve my husband and son.”

Egbert came to the right place, according to Cheryl Cohen, culinary specialist with Taste of Home Cooking Schools.

“Taste of Home is the number one cooking magazine in the world, and the Taste of Home Cooking Schools are very popular events,” she said. “The recipes we present are not from fancy chefs, but they come from everyday people who submit about 90,000 recipes to Taste of Home every year.”

She said around 9,000 of those recipes are tested in Taste of Home kitchens, and 3,000 of those are published in the magazine.

“We’ll present 10 easy recipes during each show that can be made from ingredients at your local grocery store. In fact, most people will already have a lot of these items in their kitchens at home,” Cohen said. “And they’ll take every one of the recipes home in their goody bags. We want to get people excited about cooking.”

Cohen, of Dover, Ohio, is one of nine Taste of Home specialists who present cooking schools all over the U.S. She said one of this year’s culinary specialists will be hosting an event in Alaska.

Charlotte Biehl of Beverly was among several volunteers who helped Cohen set up the show Thursday.

“I love to cook, and saw an ad for volunteers in the paper,” she said. “I started at 8 a.m. and have had a fantastic day, experiencing this from the inside out.”

Cathy Crock of Waterford was another first-timer at the Taste of Home event.

“This is pretty cool. I get the Taste of Home magazine and love it,” she said. “I’m also a cook at Waterford High School and thought it would be interesting to come and maybe learn some new recipes.”

Jana Crock, also from Waterford, browsed through some kitchen appliances on display by Patten’s Appliance Center from Caldwell.

“I’m looking at the appliances and kitchen designs,” she said. “We’re planning a new home and will be getting rid of our old appliances.”

Nearby Jennifer Keller of Columbus, a marketing and education associate with the nonprofit Ohio Pork Council, was cooking up some pork samples while a line of attendees signed up for a crock pot giveaway.

“We represent pretty much anyone in the state that raises pigs,” she said. “We talk about good ways to cook pork, and encourage them not to overcook the meat, leaving just a little pink in the middle.”

Among the 20 or so vendors who displayed wares at the Taste of Home show was Pat Ralston of Belpre who’s been selling XOCAI Healthy Chocolate products for about a year now.

“Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of people who are interested in taking care of their health and eating more natural foods.”

Sandy Moore of Parkersburg, W.Va., has been bringing her Tupperware products to the Taste of Home event for eight years.

“I think the crowd is a little thinner than in past years, but this is great advertising for my business, and I’ve handed out a lot of flyers tonight,” she said.

This year’s Taste of Home Cooking School was co-sponsored locally by The Marietta Times, Food 4 Less, Warren’s IGA, Peoples Bank and Patten’s Appliance Center,