Taste of Home returns to Cambridge Saturday

Tesha M. Christensen
Isanti County Historical Society

Want to be a better cook? Learn tips and tricks at the Taste of Home Cooking show coming this Saturday, April 20, to the Cambridge-Isanti High School.

“Don’t miss this great event. We’re lucky to bring it to Isanti County,” said Isanti County Historical Society Executive Director Kathy McCully.

The expo runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with more than 20 vendors, sales and free samples. The high-energy cooking school begins at 1 p.m. and will be filled with door prizes, music, cooking tips and recipes, and more.

Chef Guy Klinzing
Chef Guy Klinzing

“Come early to get a seat and browse through the expo,” encourages organizer Sue Jorgenson.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission seating, or upgrade to Silver VIP for $40 and get an assigned seat and many other perks. The Gold VIP are sold out. Purchase your tickets online at www.ichs.ws or at the door. General admission tickets are also available at the Cambridge Cub.

Confident in the kitchen because of shows

“Each year I attend the Taste of Home Cooking Show, my family benefits because my cooking improves,” said ICHS volunteer Tesha Christensen Pettit. “I’ve learned tricks for cutting onions, ways to saute vegetables, and what ingredients go well together. Overall, I’ve just become more confident in the kitchen because of these shows.”

What can you expect at a Taste of Home Cooking show? Experience a 2-hour demonstration of exciting recipes. Culinary specialists will show step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes. Additionally, everyone will receive a gift bag and a quality Taste of Home cookbook. You’ll also have the opportunity to register for door prizes, including the recipes created on stage that afternoon.

Recipes during the cooking show will feature products from national sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch Bud Light Lime, Johnsonville Sausage, Mrs. Dash, Mushroom Council, Ortega, Saladmaster, and Shop Taste of Home. The event is an off-shoot of the popular magazine Taste of Home.

What’s on this year’s menu? Orange flank steak, strawberry pizze, zesty grilled ham, lady finger lemon torte, lemon thyme tea bread, creamy deviled eggs, ham asparagus spirals, spring greens with beets and goat cheese, citrus punch and more.

Who is cooking?

This year’s chef is Guy Klinzing. Klinzing holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Northeastern University and an MBA from Dominican University. He has worked in the snack food and chocolate industry for over 34 years, not only building and managing large candy production facilities, but also serving as a corporate media spokesperson in the Midwest. Klinzing has also conducted many seminars and training sessions on food-related topics including chocolate, candy, and food safety.

Klinzing’s favorite part of the Cooking School experience is meeting enthusiastic Taste of Home fans. “They inspire me with their love of cooking and support for our program,” said Klinging. “I love being able to share practical information with the attendees that they can go home and use the next day. The energy and fun at these events makes all the preparation worthwhile.” His experience as a stage actor certainly adds to the fun.

Klinzing has a special touch for baking, which he learned from his grandmother at an early age. He credits his love of food and success as a cook to all of the time he spent cooking with his family including Christmas Eve dinner, a tradition he continues today. He also boasts a serious love for breakfast foods, and his fridge is constantly stocked with eggs, breakfast meats, fresh jams, home-grown berries and lots of fruit juices.

When not entertaining thousands at Cooking School shows with his singing, acting, and cooking, Klinzing enjoys tornado chasing, wilderness fishing, and being surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Everyone is a winner at the show

Everybody is a winner at the Taste of Home Cooking School & Expo. All attendees get a free one-year magazine subscription, and a gift bag full of sponsor and vendor surprises. Over 40 door prizes will be given out during the event.

“We are grateful for our long-time sponsors Cub Foods of Cambridge and Karl’s Appliance of North Branch for helping us put on this fundraiser for the historical society,” said McCully. “We were devastated two years ago when an arsonist set our building on fire and we lost almost everything. The money we raise from the Taste of Home will go toward righting that wrong. We are rebuilding both the Heritage Center and our archives.”

For additional information regarding the Taste of Home Cooking School & Expo, visit www.ichs.ws or call 763-689-4229. Check the blog for delicious recipes.

To view a video from the event, click on the link below: