CLINTON — Growing up on a small farm south of Ames, Karen Davis has always had a love of food and cooking. She would watch her mother and grandmother — both farm cooks — as they prepared food.
Now a Taste of Home Cooking School Culinary Specialist, Davis will bring her love of cooking to the Clinton area this week.
“I love the audience. I love the Taste of Home readers who come out,” Davis said. “We have a great time.”
The 2014 Taste of Home Cooking Show will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort, with a pre-show expo at 4 p.m. Regular tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. VIP seating and the Taste of Home cookbook can be purchased for $35.
Clinton Herald Publisher Ron Gutierrez said the newspaper is happy to host the cooking school.
“Taste of Home has proven to be a stellar presentation with a professional culinary specialist to lead the evening,” Gutierrez said.
Davis graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in home economics and then worked for the Iowa Egg Council for six years, promoting eggs. She also worked five years for the National Pork Producers, before working as a freelance food consultant.
It was while representing McCormick at a cooking show that she was offered a position with Taste of Home. She has worked as a consultant with the company for more than seven years.
As a Taste of Home culinary specialist, she has had the opportunity to learn and teach a great variety of recipes. However, Davis especially enjoys baking.
“I love sweets. I have a sweet tooth,” Davis said.
One of the 10 recipes featured Tuesday will be an almond torte. Davis said it is a popular dish which is good for spring and the Easter holiday.
Besides teaching recipes at the cooking shows, Davis likes to give little cooking tips and time savers that even long-time cooks might not know.
“Hopefully we can share a quick little nugget that will be helpful,” Davis said.
To purchase tickets for the event, visit the Clinton Herald office, 221 Sixth Ave. South, or call 242-7101.