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Taste of Home teaches kitchen tips and tricks in Craig

Lauren Blair

Culinary specialist Kristi Larson prepares Almond Chicken and Strawberry Balsamic Sauce with a side of spinach in front of audience members at Taste of Home Cooking School Monday evening at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

— The 7th semi-annual Taste of Home Cooking School filled the Moffat County High School auditorium with oohs, aahs and plenty of laughs Monday night.

More than 400 people showed up for the event, which kicked off at 5 p.m. with more than a dozen vendors showing off their wares. Everything from Tupperware to new kitchen appliances to handmade furniture was on display for attendees to browse.

The main event at 7 p.m featured two culinary experts demonstrating 10 recipes, ranging from buffalo macaroni and cheese bites to raspberry almond tart. The stage of the auditorium was transformed into a fully equipped kitchen with appliances provided from event sponsor Miller Family Appliance.

"It's a lot of exposure… for our business. Everybody gets to see our stuff, our GE fridges, our GE ranges," said owner Chris Miller, who was busy showing off appliances at his vendor booth before the show began. "They see it all lit up and get excited and we just hope they come back to our store and buy."

For audience members, the evening provided a chance to learn some new tricks in the kitchen, see the latest kitchen gadgets and win one of 84 prizes, including the 10 dishes prepared on stage.

"The ladies all know their stuff and make it really entertaining," said Virginia Elliott, who has attended Taste of Home several times. "You get all kinds of coupons. It's just a fun thing to do in Craig."

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While the audience showed a clear bias toward the female sex, there were a handful of gentlemen who came out for the show as well. Craig resident Kraig Perry attended with his wife in hopes of picking up some new culinary ideas.

"I'd like to see if they cook things a little different than I cook them," Perry said, who particularly enjoys cooking up cinnamon rolls and any kind of meat. "We're game, we'll try anything."

This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Craig Daily Press and Miller Family Appliance, with additional sponsorships by MJK Sales and Feed, The Memorial Hospital and Brothers Custom Processing.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.