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A good time at the cooking school

May 24, 2011 - Dorma Tolson
I hope a lot of you local home cooking experts attended the third annual Taste of Home Cooking School held last Thursday, May 19, at Salem High School. Sponsored by the Morning Journal and our sister publications, the Salem News and The Review, proceeds benefit our Newspapers in Education program which supplies newspapers to Columbiana County area schools. If you like to cook and you missed this event, be sure to watch the newspaper for next year's show, usually held in May. It was such a success I'm sure we will do it again next year. This year's event was my fifth cooking school and instead of sitting in the audience or helping out in other ways, I spent the evening on stage assisting the Taste of Home chef, Cheryl Cohen. Along with Ginny Perkins of the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce and Jenny Pike, president of the Humane Society of Columbiana County, I helped with prep work and cleanup, while Cohen performed her culinary magic. I'm a huge fan of the Food Network and I'm a Taste of Home subscriber, so I had a good time watching the food preparation up close. But as much as I enjoyed myself, I don't believe I had the good time that the 1,000 mostly women in the audience had. Cohen kept the audience mesmerized with her cooking and emcee and master magician John Steven Bloom entertained with his antics and magic performances. Those attending were also eligible for one of the many fabulous prizes that were given away. Everything from a glider swing to a Kitchenaid mixer, a West Bend slow cooker and panini grill, as well as hundreds of cookbooks, gift certificates and bags of groceries were offered as prizes. The lucky winner of the 50-50 drawing went home with $1,400 in cash. And, everyone who bought a ticket received a "goody bag" which was chuck full of samples, coupons, small kitchen devices and candy, pens, etc. The goody bag alone was well worth the price of a ticket. So watch the Morning Journal next spring and get your tickets as soon as we announce the May show. It has sold out quickly every year and next year probably won't be any different. Editors always cringe when they see this phrase in a press release, "a good time was had by all," but in this case, I think it's appropriate.


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