The Taste of Home cooking school was held Thursday evening, April 17, in the Vermillion High School Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.
The doors of the adjoining high school commons opened at 4 p.m. It didn't take long for the commons to be filled to capacity with Taste of Home visitors who stopped by the tables of numerous food and product vendors to do a bit of shopping before the cooking school started.
The cooking school was made possible with the sponsorship of Jones' Food Center and the Broadcaster Press, both of Vermillion.
The event wouldn't have been possible without the cooperation and participation of the following vendors:
Make Take N Bake, First Dakota National Bank, Etched Impressions and Dried Designs, Linda's Angel Crossing, Ava Morgan, Signature Home Styles, Whispering Creek Log Homes, Changeable Charm Jewelry, Ecowater, Avon, Arm Candy, Premier Designs, Cherry Street Grille, Norwex, Jane's Handcrafted Jewelry, The Pampered Chef, Home and Garden Party, Trinity Lutheran Pre-School, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tastefully Simple, Sanford Vermillion Health Center, Hy-Vee Food Store, Jones' Food Center, VHS Greece Trip, First Impressions, Kids of Character Learning Center, Taste of Home Entertaining, Sue Christensen "Destiny," Willson Florist, Pamida, Vermillion High School and staff, and Vermillion High School culinary students.
Taste of Home cooking school culinary specialist Danielle Edmonds conducts cooking schools throughout the United States.�In an average year, Edmonds can put 40,000 miles on her car traveling to towns like Vermillion to share her passion for cooking.� "Balancing the travel schedule and my personal life can definitely be a challenge, but it's worth it to see the excitement people share for cooking," said Edmonds said.
Her hope is that the various recipes she demonstrated in Vermillion will allow people to have fun in the kitchen while preparing meals.
"When I get into a cooking slump, I always try a new recipe, something that is out of the ordinary for me to prepare," she said. "I also make sure it's something that makes my mouth water. I figure if my mouth is watering, I must be excited to cook it!"
Edmonds admits that she has a sweet tooth, so it's no surprise that one of her favorite dishes prepared Thursday was Chocolate Almond Dessert Crepes.
"They are sweet and satisfying.�They also have chocola," she said.
There was never a dull moment during Thursday's cooking school, thanks to Edmonds and her celebrity chefs, Jere Chapman, Dan Christopherson, Nikki Peters, Maxine Johnson and Jim Cody.
"I think the energy of the room is my favorite part of the show.�It's so encouraging to see people as passionate about cooking as I am,"�Edmonds said.