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First-timer amazed with Taste of Home cooking school

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
May 10, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.

Cindy Macek checks out the various baked goods for sale at the Huvars Artisan Market and Catering booth at the Taste of Home Cooking School event Tuesday at the Victoria Community Center. The event featured booths from various area businesses and culminated in a demonstration by Taste of Home culinary specialist Jamie Dunn.

Dobie Maciel went to school today. But instead of learning math and science, she learned how to become a better cook. In her words, she had a pleasantly surprising experience.

"I'm amazed with everything the school has to offer," she said.

Maciel, like most students, didn't really want to go, "I thought this was going to be boring."

But with an open mind she managed to find something that piqued her interest. "There is so much to see and do, I'm just overwhelmed."

The Yoakum resident came with her sister, Dorothy Sanchez, who has been to school eight times before. "I just love it so much. I thought she would like it too," she said.

The doting sisters are two of nearly 800 participants in the Victoria Advocate's Second Annual Taste of Home Cooking School.

Curious culinary hopefuls filled the Victoria Community Center with open hearts and empty stomachs at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Forty-seven vendors from the Golden Crescent community gave cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and even massages. Jamie Dunn, a culinary specialist, from the Taste of Home, gave an interactive demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Dunn showed how to make desserts to satisfy a sweet tooth, like Berry Puff Pancakes, or Shrimp Cakes with Wasabi Tartar Sauce, for the ambitious chef.

Emily Weissmiller said, "There's a little something for everyone." The Victoria Advocate marketing manager said people can leave with practical cooking tips, new recipes, and a bag of goodies.

Maciel and her sister had to enjoy the delectable delights from a distance. Ironically, they went out to dinner before they came to the cooking expo. The reason - to celebrate Dorothy's birthday.

Although Maciel did not really have much of an appetite, she said she can't wait to go home to try the Hot Cheesy Mushroom Dip that Dunn prepared. Maciel's face also lit up when she talked about the Potato Leek Soup. Pointing to the picture she said in a lower tone, "That looks gooood."

The grandmother of two considers herself to be a pretty good cook, she appreciated learning new recipes.

The paraprofessional said she will definitely come back next year but with some minor differences. "I'll come earlier and with an empty stomach," she said.



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