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.
For 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.