Ask anyone what makes a memorable gathering and you will most likely hear good food, good friends and good conversation. It's an entertaining recipe for success that every host or hostess aspires to achieve. Springtime brings a bundle of luncheons, showers and backyard parties. Home cooks are looking for fresh, new dishes to serve that celebrate the arrival of warm-weather festivities.
Taste of Home Cooking School is blooming with "Spring Sensations" for your spring entertaining agenda. Watch Culinary Specialist Jamie Dunn prepare 10 party-pleasing dishes at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA Campus on Saturday, April 25.
"Our recipes have an international flavor this season," states Jamie Dunn. "Mushroom Napoleon" marries traditional goat cheese with portabella mushrooms for a savory twist to a wholesome culinary sensation. "Mexican Lasagna" will dazzle the palate with zesty salsa and the pungent flavor of cilantro, commonly called Mexican parsley. "Spicy Asian Shrimp Salad" melds lime juice and hot chili paste with spring greens and shrimp for a zippy flavor blast. Awaken your palate to the bold, spicy flavor sensations these dishes will bring to the table.
Ethnic cooking is a satisfying departure from the standard American meal, but how knowledgeable are you on food terminology?
Take this little quiz to test your cultural culinary awareness:
1. Which Chinese dish consists of soft noodles, vegetables, beef, pork, shrimp or chicken?
a. Lo mein
b. Chow mein
c. House fried rice
2. What is the translation for quesadilla?
a. A Spanish-style sausage
b. Little cheesecake
c. Hot and spicy tortilla chips
3. Gnocchi, the Italian word for dumplings, is made from what?
4. Short-grained white rice served in many Japanese meals is known as what?
5. Colcannon, an inexpensive dish made of mashed potatoes, kale, butter, salt and pepper, is a staple among which ethnicity?
Let your culinary adventure begin! Come to the Taste of Home Cooking School and learn how to make snappy, vibrant spring meals from cool and creamy to hot and spicy.
Have we piqued your interest? Taste of Home Cooking School, Women's Inc, the Log Cabin Democrat and My Country Y107.1 are excited to host the two-hour cooking demonstration. Every attendee will receive a gift bag with the Taste of Home Cooking School Brand Name Cookbook. This 68-page special issue includes the featured recipes and many more; you'll also find coupons from participating national food companies.
The afternoon begins with a local business expo at 1 p.m. in the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at UCA that is free and open to the public. The Taste of Home cooking school begins at 3 p.m. Tickets for the cooking school are on sale now. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall box office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday on campus, by calling 501-450-3265 or online at www.uca.edu/tickets.
Check out the Cooking School Web site at www.tasteofhomeschools.com for the complete Spring 2009 Show Schedule. You can "Meet Our Staff", get details on how to enter the Rhoda's Rolling Pin contest and discover this season's national food sponsors, which also includes links to their Web sites.
Taste of Home has so much to offer. While you are surfing the Net, go to www.tasteofhome.com. Use the Recipe Finder to solve your what's-for-dinner dilemma, get answers to your culinary questions from fellow cooks, find healthy menus including special-diet meals and Shop Taste of Home for that special cookbook you always wanted.
For local recipes from Women's Inc. food editor, Chef Jill McCollum CC, go to www.womensinc.net. Plus you're just a click away from the Cooking School Website where you can access ticket information for the Taste of Home Cooking School in Conway.
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