Culinary specialist gives taste of what’s coming to Auburn

Live cooking demonstration will include giveaways
By: Journal staff report
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Auburn will host a live cooking demonstration Oct. 23 with the help of Taste of Home magazine and one of its culinary specialists, Kristi Larson. Larson took a few minutes to chat with the Journal about just what is a cooking school. 1. What do you do as a culinary specialist? I do all of the cooking shows (for Taste of Home Cooking School) in the Western U.S. I travel to each show, work with event partners to get everything ready to go. I help test recipes and help put together a fun and exciting show for all of our audiences. 2. How long have you been a part of Taste of Home? Almost seven years 3. What do you like about being a culinary specialist for Taste of Home? It gives me a chance to travel and go to communities and meet with our Taste of Home fans. We really have some of the best fans in world. I love that I can share all the great Taste of Home recipes we have with them during a live event. 4. What happens during a Taste of Home Cooking School? When people first arrive they have a chance look at all of the vendors set up and go through booths, they receive gift bags with Taste of Home magazine, coupons and samples. Once the show starts I demonstrate 10 different recipes. As I go through recipes I try to show how to make it easy so you can do it at home. I give you some tips and tricks and show how fun it can be to make good home-cooked recipes. 5. Why should people come to a live cooking demonstration? We have smell-o-vision, as some people call it. It’s a chance to get out and meet with other Taste of Home fans and it’s a chance for a live cooking show experience. We always give away prizes and you can’t win prizes sitting at home watching TV. We also giveaway all 10 dishes at the end of the night also Taste of Home cook book and prizes form sponsors. 6. What’s the tastiest thing you’ve made from Taste of Home? There’s so many! We have thousands and thousands of recipes so depending on the time of year I have a favorite. In the summer it’s a peach glaze salmon recipe I like to put on the grill. In the winter I like a cheesy vegetable chowder that’s really good. One of my favorite recipes for the show this fall is an upside down apple pie which is just perfect of this time of year. ---------- Taste of Home Cooking School What: Cooking demonstration featuring affordable meals with readily available ingredients When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: $15 General seating, $20 Reserved seating, $50 VIP seating Information: (530) 852-0222 or (916) 774-7988, or via email at ----------