Taste of Home event is a
scrumptious success here By David Lias
By: David Lias
Plain Talk Vermillionâ�?�?s first ever Taste of Home cooking school was a scrumptious success, judging by the reaction of the 700 people in the sold-out crowd who participated. 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 didnâ�?�?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 Jonesâ�?�? Food Center and the Broadcaster Press, both of Vermillion. The event wouldnâ�?�?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, Lindaâ�?�?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, Janeâ�?�?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, Jonesâ�?�? Food Center, VHS Greece Trip, First Impressions, Kids of Character Learning Center, Taste of Home Entertaining, Sue Christensen â�?�?Destiny,â�? 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.�? â�?�?Balancing the travel schedule and my personal life can definitely be a challenge, but itâ�?�?s worth it to see the excitement people share for cooking,â�? 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. â�?�?When I get into a cooking slump, I always try a new recipe, something that is out of the ordinary for me to prepare,â�? she said. â�?�?I also make sure itâ�?�?s something that makes my mouth water. I figure if my mouth is watering, I must be excited to cook it!â�? Edmonds admits that she has a sweet tooth, so itâ�?�?s no surprise that one of her favorite dishes prepared Thursday was Chocolate Almond Dessert Crepes. â�?�?They are sweet and satisfying.�? They also have chocola,â�? she said. There was never a dull moment during Thursdayâ�?�?s cooking school, thanks to Edmonds and her celebrity chefs, Jere Chapman, Dan Christopherson, Nikki Peters, Maxine Johnson and Jim Cody. â�?�?I think the energy of the room is my favorite part of the show.�? Itâ�?�?s so encouraging to see people as passionate about cooking as I am,â�?�? Edmonds said.