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Breakfast tortas, spicy beef tenderloin sandwiches and festive cake pops were just a few of the many recipes hundreds of local residents got to enjoy Thursday night at the Taste of Home Cooking show at the Brushfork Armory.
Attendees crowded in to the armory for the Taste of Home Cooking show and to see Cooking Specialist Cheryl Cohen make new and interesting spring recipes from the Taste of Home cookbooks. Cohen said she always enjoys spending time with the audience during the cooking shows.
“The thing I love most about these shows is the audience,” Cohen said. “I love bringing new recipes to them, different ideas and having a lot of fun. Every place I go is always different, but the same in that people always love Taste of Home. That is what is really great. We are seeing more people get involved with cooking and learning our recipes.”
Terri Hoibraten, 52, of Bluewell, came to the show with her husband John Hoibraten, 63.
“I like to see the recipes,” Terri Hoibraten said. “I always enjoy being able to take them home to my family. There are so many great recipes they have to offer. It gives us something different to do, something that isn’t always available in this area. It’s great that a small area like this can get such a wonderful show.”
John Hoibraten said he isn’t much of a cook but he still enjoys watching the Taste of Home show.
“I’m enjoying the different foods and seeing what is going on and new in the cooking world,” Hoibraten said. “I’m not a cook, but my wife is. We had a good time at the show last year and decided to come back to see what they had to offer this year. It’s also great that it supports the local food bank and the community.”
Gloria Cox, 45, of Peterstown came to the event with her three sisters and her daughter Olivia Cox, 21, of Princeton. Gloria Cox said the cooking show is always a family affair.
“We came last year and had so much fun that we came back,” Gloria Cox said. “It was interesting watching all of the recipes. My three sisters and I always come to this together. I brought my daughter this year as well. We all like to cook and it gives us something to talk about. I like to see the different methods, the new techniques and get knew ideas rather than cooking the same old thing.”
Olivia Cox said she has moved out on her own and wanted to learn more about cooking for herself.
“Since I’m moving out I have a lot of expenses, so I want to cook at home more rather than always eating out,” she said. “I want to learn anything I can. I really want to learn how to grill since I got a grill for my place. I don’t cook as much, so this will really help me out. It was much cheaper than paying for several weeks of cooking classes. I’m very eager to learn.”
Grace Robinson, 25, of Pounding Mill, Va., came to the show with her mother.
“I saw it in the paper this morning and my mom invited me to go with her,” Robinson said. “This is my first show and I’m really looking forward to it all. I love to cook. I want to get some good tips and recipes. The Taste of Home cookbooks are absolutely the best and I love them and use them all the time. It’s good for the community to have something like this since it isn’t your typical event.”
Bluefield Daily Telegraph Retail Sales Manager Natalie Fanning said both first-time attendees and returning fans turned out for the show.
“This is our fourth year, and we’ve had a great vendor turnout this year,” Fanning said. “We are very excited about this show. It’s been a great night for food and entertainment. We handed out great door prizes from Grant’s Supermarkets, Kammer Furniture, and others including kitchen supplies, concert tickets and a Kindle Fire. The crowd was very eager to take their seats, get their goodie bags, register for prizes and of course see the show.”
Harry Kammer, owner of Kammer’s Furniture, said his business has enjoyed sponsoring the Taste of Home Cooking show for the past four years.
“Kammer’s Furniture has been pleased to be an original sponsor of the Taste of Home Cooking show in this area,” Kammer said. “This type of event matches well with our customer-base for our furniture and appliance store. The wonderful men and women who enjoy cooking also enjoy their home, their family and their friends. Everyone at Kammer’s hopes the participants enjoy the show as much as we enjoy having them as customers and part of our store family.”
Kevin Davis, district manager for Grant’s Supermarket, said the grocery store is a great benefit to the local community.
“It’s a great community event and helps build community relationships,” Davis said. “We are locally owned and operated, and we enjoy coming out to these events to meet with the people we serve. All of the ingredients used on the stage tonight come from Grant’s Supermarkets. People may think they have to go to a fancy specialty store to get ingredients they need for the great recipes featured in Taste of Home, but they are actually available at your hometown grocery store.”晴