By Beth Christian Broschart
ELKINS - A culinary specialist will demonstrate cooking techniques during a special event which will feature new recipes and a gift bag stuffed with food-related items.
The Taste of Home Cooking Show will be March 27 at the National Guard Armory, off Route 33, near Belington. The vendor fair begins at 2 p.m. and the cooking show starts at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Inter-Mountain.
Beverly resident Lori Daniels, who is a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home Magazine, will assist during the Taste of Home Cooking School.
"The morning of the event I will begin prepping for the recipes that culinary specialist Cheryl Cohen will be demonstrating," Daniels said. "Vegetables need diced, containers need labeled and the recipes that will be demonstrated need to be completed to show the finished product."
Daniels said Cheryl Cohen is the Taste of Home culinary specialist for the east coast.
"I will be doing some cooking demonstrations in between the vendor fair and the start of the show at 6:30 p.m.," Daniels said. "Following the show, I will help clean up and wash the dishes, and get foods prepared for the give-away."
Daniels said all recipes prepared during the Taste of Home Cooking Show will be given away as prizes.
"When you come in and register for the show, you fill out a form and that goes into a bucket on stage," Daniels said. "Prize winners are drawn throughout the event. The food prepared on stage is the last to be given away."
One new event this year is the "ugly apron contest." Everyone is invited to bring in their ugliest apron and the winner will receive a prize.
"Contests like this are so much fun," Daniels said.
General admission tickets for the Taste of Home Cooking School are $12 and include admission and a gift bag. VIP tickets are $20 and include admission, a photo with culinary specialist Cheryl Cohen, a light reception prior to the show and a gift bag. The vendor fair begins at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Taste of Home Cooking School are for sale at The Inter-Mountain's Elkins and Buckhannon offices and the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce.
Daniels said the Taste of Home Cooking Show is fun for first-time attendees as well as those who have been to many.
"They never do the same recipe two years in a row," Daniels said. "The drawings are all different and the recipes change - one time there will be soups, another time you will learn to decorate cakes. And new recipes and techniques are introduced each time. Last year Cheryl made six different recipes."
Daniels said Cohen is a lot of fun on stage and she talks the entire time she is cooking.
"She is humorous and keeps everything very light-hearted," Daniels said. "I enjoy when she shares personal stories about cooking and her life. I also like learning new techniques, seeing new gadgets and learning about new bakeware and cookware."
Daniels said she did not own a panini press before attending one of the Taste of Home Cooking Schools.
"When Cheryl opened the panini press up flat and used it to grill hamburgers indoors, I went right out and bought one," Daniels said.
Daniels said she recommends everyone consider attending the Taste of Home Cooking School.
"This has been such a hard winter that kept everyone at home," Daniels said. "Take the time to treat yourself and your friends. Plan to attend the Taste of Home Cooking School."