This is a very special time for me and the entire Taste of Home team as we await our arrival in Greendale, WI for our Fall Symposium. Right now we’re all working very hard practicing our recipes, stage presence and our new AV equipment…It’s always sooo exciting!
My days are currently filled with reflection, preparation and relaxation as we work towards another amazing Taste of Home Cooking School season!
Ahhhh, looking back at archival pictures of the good old days at past Taste of Home shows is fascinating to me and just look at those clothes, WOW! It conjures up thoughts of what the show recipes might have been like; Warm sectioned grapefruit with honey as an appetizer, or a stunning entrée of Crown Roast of Beef and possibly for a grand finale…Baked Alaska, of course.
Last year, I recieved a call from my dear Aunt Pat in Houston, Texas. She said, “I was cleaning my attic and sandwiched between other magazines I found what looks like the premier issue of Taste of Home. Would you like to have it?” I was like WOW, this is the holy grail of cooking magazines. I was so excited that she sent it to me!… Check it out, below… Take note of our own Sally Geipel on the far right! OK, enough nostalgia..
My typical pre-season days start with an early rise around 6AM, to find out what’s turned from green to red in my garden. Looking for that same bumper crop of 70+ pounds from 6 tomato plants I had last year. Some of the heirloom seeds were over 100 years old. I’m on my way! Then, it’s back inside to escape the incredible humidity to fire-up my work laptop to once again review many pages of demo notes, tray cards and grocery lists I’ll be sharing with the 18 different local media partners in as many towns I’ll be visiting. I always remember that I’m a guest in these small towns and I’m a Brand Ambassador for the world’s largest recipe exchange. That is a big responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
Well, it’s a quick lunch break then an afternoon of some recipe testing to figure out the best possible tips, tricks and buzzwords to pass along to our hungry fans… they always seem to be a couple of questions ahead of me, that’s why I love em…
At the end of a productive day, I treat myself to a little time in front of the TV. It’s that magical time that comes around only once every 4 years- the summer Olympics are here!! I try to set aside as much time as possible as I’m a huge fan! Shepard’s Pie, Crumpets (English muffins to us), Bubble & Squeak (Fried veggie patty) and Bangers & Mash (Sausages)…
Cheers to a tasty Olympics!
In between all of your hard work, I hope you treat yourself to a little reflection and relaxation. As you reflect, do you have a favorite issue of Taste of Home?