Taste of Home offers new recipes and ideas

It's never too early to start thinking about cooking for the holidays. The Taste of Home Cooking School will offer plenty of recipe ideas for Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas dinners. The event will also include how-to demonstrations featuring dishes suitable for everyday meals and anytime entertaining.

The event, which is sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post, will be held Thursday at the Gwinnett Civic Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

This year's theme is "On the Road." The Cooking School staff will present a two-hour demonstration that will explore regional tastes from across the country.

Home economist Michelle Roberts will present 11 recipes for regional favorites, sharing shortcuts and tips along the way. Recipes will include Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cake and Pepper Crusted Salmon with Pinto Bean Salsa.

Each person who attends the Taste of Home Cooking School will receive a gift bag that includes coupons and product samples. Throughout the evening, door prizes will be awarded.

Labels from Campbell's products, such as soup and Prego Pasta Sauce, will be collected at the event. Campbell's Labels for Education program provides free educational materials for schools in exchange for labels or proofs of purchase from selected products.

The following products are eligible: Campbell's Soups, Campbell's SpaghettiOs, Campbell's Canned Pasta and Campbell's Gravies, Prego Pasta Sauce, Swanson Broths and Canned Poultry, Pace Salsa, Pace Picante Sauces, V8, V8 Splash, Campbell's Tomato Juice, Pepperidge Farm Breads, Pepperidge Farm Cookies and Crackers, Pepperidge Farm frozen products and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers and Campbell's food service products.

Those donating labels should write their names on each label for a prize drawing that will held at the end of the event.

- From staff reports

n What: Taste of Home Cooking School

•When: Thursday. Doors open at 4 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

•Where: The Gwinnett Civic Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth

•Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

•Info: Call MaryLynn Stovall at the Gwinnett Daily Post at 770-963-9205, ext. 1209.

Note: Tickets are limited.