Georgia’s On My Mind

Pink flowers in Savannah, GA

IMG_2251I’m on my way home from a trip to Georgia where I presented a Taste of Home Cooking School Thursday evening in Kingsland. I decided to tack on an extra day to my trip so I could explore the area. It was delightful.

If you’re not familiar with your Georgia geography, don’t worry. That was not my best subject in school either! Kingsland is located in the Southeast corner of the state. In fact, the nearest airport is in Jacksonville, Florida, so I flew there and drove 20 minutes up to Kingsland.

We set up for the cooking school on Wednesday afternoon, so I had a little extra time that morning. I drove over to nearby Jekyll Island for lunch at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. This hotel was built in 1887 and is loaded with southern charm. It made me feel like I was stepping back in time.


As I was parking my van outside the entrance I noticed a couple playing crochet out on the lush green lawn in front of the hotel. Since it was lunchtime I decided to treat myself to a meal in the Grand Dining Room which features beautiful white columns and elegant chandeliers.

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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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