Taste of Home Cooking School to feature fall comfort foods

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If you go

What: Taste of Home Cooking School

When: 5 p.m. Sept 28

Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door; $12 VIP seats

Tickets are available at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave., Miller Family Appliance, 211 W. Fourth St., and Jackson's Office Supply, 106 W. Victory Way.

For more information, call Renee Campbell at 875-1781.

— Cooking enthusiasts, food experts and the culinary-challenged no longer have to stay chained to their couches to watch a cooking show.

A live cooking demonstration by Taste of Home, a national cooking magazine and recipe book, will take place Sept. 28 at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

The traveling cooking school's Craig appearance will feature a vending exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m.

Local businesses specializing in home products, from cookware to candles, will set up in the MCHS commons area and also will provide door prizes and items for a goody bag.

The cooking show, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature Taste of Home cooking specialist Danielle Edmonds.

She will cook 10 recipes live on stage, focusing on fall comfort food classics and budget-friendly ideas.

Edmonds said the class will provide techniques that extend beyond specific recipes.

"This season has great cooking techniques," she said. "People won't just use them for one recipe, they'll use it whenever they're cooking. We'll touch on everything from how to dress a flank steak to blanching potatoes."

Participants will also be eligible for door prizes from national sponsors such as Rubbermaid and Ziplock.

Edmonds said she leads about 40 cooking shows each year, traveling from Montana and South Dakota to Missouri and Kansas.

She said Taste of Home, which is the No. 1 food magazine in the U.S., is accessible to all ages and demographics.

"We have small kids, and I have seen grandmothers bring daughters, who bring their daughters," she said. "I see whole families come. It used to be only a woman thing, but it's crossing over. Everyone's cooking."

The recipes come from people who cook in their homes all across the country, made with ingredients that families can find in their pantries, Edmonds said.

"We want people to be able to have meals that are just one notch up from what they'd normally make," she said.

Tickets are available at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave., Miller Family Appliance, 211 W. Fourth St., and Jackson's Office Supply, 106 W. Victory Way. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door. A limited number of VIP seats will be available for $12.

Each of the recipes cooked on stage will be taken home by a lucky family.

Edmonds said her favorite part of the cooking show is interacting with the audience.

"The big thing is this is a live show," Edmonds said. "I love questions from the audience. In the beginning, I'll be a little nervous, but when the first question comes out of someone's mouth, then it just feels like everyone's just in my kitchen enjoying a great evening."

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