Patty Littlefield, Representing DairyMax, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.
"Dinner Tonight" Cooking School
Offers Up Healthy Recipes, Tuesday Night
by: Bobby McDonald
Hunt County Home Economist, Mary Sue Cole, prepares the first two dishes in Tuesday night's presentation.
It was in excess of 100 homemakers from the four country region of Hopkins, Wood, Rains, and Hunt counties that converged on the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, for an evening of cooking demonstrations using healthy ingredients, sponsored by DairyMax and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The recipes were prepared from the DairyMax cookbook, entitled Dinner Tonight.....A Healthy Collection of Delicious Meals from Start to Finish. The meals contained healthy choices, using low-fat ingredients to reduce both calories and sodium in the diet.
A "celebrity" taste panel, consisting of Cindy Owens, KMOO Radio, Bobby McDonald, Front Porch News Texas, Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown, Enola Gay Matthews, KSST Radio, Deborah Walker, Rains County Leader, and Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe, tasted each of the recipes and gave the audience a critique of each of the eight prepared during the night's demonstration.
Rains County Home Economist, Denita Young, prepares her Southwestern Cheese & Corn Chowder Soup.
Recipes included: Cocoa- Berry Tarts; Mediterranean Orange Salad; Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake; Southwestern Cheese & Corn Chowder; Black Bean Bruschetta; Strawberry Salad; Greek Chicken Wrap With Tzatziki Herb Yogurt Sauce; and Spicy Fish Tacos.
"I'm more of a meat and potatoes guy, but these recipes are full of flavor!" exclaimed Judge Chris Brown. "They really don't taste like low-fat recipes!"
Hopkins County Home Economist, Johanna Hicks, explains the steps in preparing Strawberry Salad
to Tuesday night's audience.
Cassie McClendon Maness, a local Zumba instructor, and several of her fellow participants, entertained the group mid-way through the presentation, encouraging everyone to be engaged in daily exercise.
Sulphur Springs High School Consumer Science Students aided in the food prep and serving the delicious recipes and a number of local healthcare professionals were available to answer nutritional questions.
Wood County Home Economist, Angie Monk, prepares her Black Bean Bruschetta, for the taste panel,
as she explains the steps to the audience.
The audience received a copy of the cookbook and a number of door prizes, provided by the sponsors. Contact your Texas AgriLife Extension office to obtain a copy of the cookbook.