Meet Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Jamie Dunn! Jamie conducts Cooking School shows throughout the country, focusing primarily on the Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas areas. “It is the people that come to the cooking school that really make it so much fun,” states Jamie. “Whether someone is at the school for the first time or the tenth, there is always something new to be experienced and fun to be had with new recipes and great prizes!”
Jamie and her family, which consists of her husband and three children, currently reside in Owasso, Oklahoma. Jamie graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and Community Service. Jamie has previously worked as a Culinary Instructor for Tulsa Technology andBamaCookingSchooland as a high school Home Economics teacher. Some of Jamie’s favorite activities include cooking for family and friends, canning, cake decorating and gardening.
To learn more about Jamie, take a look at some of her answers to questions below!
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know? I am from Oklahoma so a love for country music comes naturally but I also have a passion for Southern Gospel music. When I am on traveling around doing shows I always check to see if my favorite groups might be performing.
If we were to open your refrigerator at home…what would we find? Condiments, condiments, condiments; my husband loves to buy and try new hot sauces, mustards and any other condiment you can think of. I have banned the purchase of any new condiments but somehow a few more seam to appear each time I open the frig door. Is this a comment on my cooking???
What is your favorite quote? “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” — Anonymous
How did you develop your passion for cooking/food? I started cooking in 8th grade Home Economics; my Dad was my biggest fan and would even rave if I heated up leftovers.
What is the best thing you ever ate? Of course it had to be dessert!!! A few years ago one fall someone gave me a basket of fresh picked pears. My mother in-law who was visiting and is an excellent pie maker got to work and made an incredible pie from the pears. We ate it hot right out of the oven and it was heavenly. I also love the Layered Turtle Cheesecake on tasteofhome.com
You spend so much time traveling the country, what are some of your favorite places to stop and eat? Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX is one of my favorites. When I am on the road I try to eat at local restaurants, coffee shops and am always on the look out for a fun tea room to visit. I love to watch the travel channel and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and visit some of the place I see of those shows.
Do you have any special holiday traditions? What foods were cooked for celebrations or special events? My roll in holiday cooking for our family is preparing the pies and candies. Our two favorites are butterscotch Haystacks and Oreo balls. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our exchange of Christmas stocking stuffers. Instead of all the members of my extended family buying each other gifts we purchase or make a stocking stuffer for each person. The cost can not be more that $2 and always yields surprises and laughter.