Taste of Home Cooking School
Audience relishes chance to add to kitchen repertoire
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | October 03. 2013 8:24PM
Harold Fink of Manchester and Louise Tahmoush of Westford, Mass., view the program during the Union Leader Taste of Home Cooking School, held at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre in Derry on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Fortunately for the several hundred "home cooks" attending Thursday night's Taste of Home Cooking School at the Stockbridge Theatre, professional help arrived in the form of regional culinary expert Michael Barna and master of ceremonies Rob Dionne.
"I may have had to bribe him with a homemade dinner," Pitman said with a grin. "This is the first year I could make it up here because when I was still teaching it was too late past my bedtime."
So far Alex, whose favorite show is "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives" on the Food Network, is showing much promise.
"So delicious," Alex said.
Nashua resident Sylvia Babcock said she's a huge fan of the magazine, though it was her first time attending the annual Cooking School, noting that she recently shared a tasty batch of the publication's rhubarb squares with members of her church group.
Waiting in line, the ladies finished each other's sentences the way longtime friends do.
"Whenever I entertain, I can always count on these ones to come over the day before and help me get ready," Hauchwit said, motioning to her pals.
Thursday night's program, which was sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader, held plenty of delicious tastes in store. Mouth-watering scents filled the auditorium as Barna got down to business.
"Does a plumber do all his own pipes?" Barna joked. "No, I don't do all the cooking at home. But I do still like to cook."