On the Road Again


Taste of Home -Karen with eggsI’m on the road again for the Taste of Home Cooking School. Today I am out in Kingsland, Georgia where we are setting up for a cooking school on Thursday evening.

I have been a Taste of Home Culinary Specialist for the past 8 1/2 years, and it has led me on many fun adventures. Last summer I took out my calendars and counted up the number of schools that I have done. It turns out I have been to 25 states and presented 150+ cooking schools. Whew – it’s hard to believe that many schools (and travel miles) have gone by!

This spring I am presenting eight schools in the following locations: Rochester, Minnesota; Kingsland, Georgia; Deadwood, South Dakota; Billings, Montana; Bettendorf, Iowa; Galena, Illinois; Carbondale, Illinois; and Sabetha, Kansas. For a calendar of events and more details about tickets, check out the Events tab at the top of the page.

There are nine of us who travel as Culinary Specialists (which basically means we are the instructors for the classes). For this Georgia show I flew to my destination and Taste of Home is shipping my cooking equipment to me. But, most days I drive a van filled with literally everything but the kitchen sink.

TasteofHome-Dubuque5153a5f623346.imageFor each live 2+ hour show I make 10 recipes including appetizers and salads to main dishes and desserts. We give away prizes throughout the school and do our best to make the show fun and informative. There is a camera mounted above my demonstration table that captures an image of what I’m doing and projects it onto large screens.

This season a section of our cooking school magazine is devoted to a collection of our personal recipes. I selected a simple everyday recipe passed down from my Grandma Kalsem to my mom, Ann, to me.

Muffin Pan Meatballs are like little mini meatloaves. I like them because they call for common ingredients I usually already have on hand. And, since they are smaller in size than a meatloaf, you can bake them more quickly.

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Over the years I’ve made these for family weeknight dinners and even for kids while I was babysitting. The recipe seems to go over well with all ages. And, since I grew up on a farm where my Dad was a cattle feeder, we always had ground beef handy in the freezer.

Muffin Pan Meatballs

Here is a copy of the recipe in case you would like to try them.

Muffin Pan Meatballs
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These family-friendly meatballs are popular with kids and adults. Since they are a comfort food, I usually serve them side dishes like potatoes and Iowa sweet corn.
Servings Prep Time
6 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Muffin Pan Meatballs
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Rating: 5
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These family-friendly meatballs are popular with kids and adults. Since they are a comfort food, I usually serve them side dishes like potatoes and Iowa sweet corn.
Servings Prep Time
6 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
  • 1pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4cup finely chopped onion
  • 2tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3cup ketchup
  • 3tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground mustard
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In large mixing bowl combine ground beef, cereal, onion, green pepper, egg, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In small bowl stir together remaining ingredients. Spoon 3 tablespoons of ketchup mixture into meat mixture and combine. Shape meat into six to eight meatballs. Place each meatball into the well of a muffin tin. Spoon the remaining ketchup sauce over each meatball.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels before serving, if needed.
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