Meet Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Karen Davis! Karen conducts Cooking School shows throughout the country, focusing primarily on the Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin areas. “The Taste of Home Cooking School is fun, entertaining, and just a great night with others who love to cook,” proclaims Karen. “Everyone walks away learning something new.”
Karen currently resides in central Iowa with her husband. Karen graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a double major in Home Economics Education and Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences. Karen has over 15 years of food marketing and education experience working for national food product and marketing companies. When not putting on an amazing Cooking Schoolshow, Karen loves to cook, garden, and spend time with family and friends.
To learn more about Karen, take a look at some of her answers to questions below!
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know? I live in a small town in Iowa that is nicknamed the “Good Egg Town”. The sign that greets you when you drive into town says, “Home to 1,700 good eggs, and a few stinkers”. My husband and I hope we’re a couple of the “good eggs!”
What’s your favorite book? Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson.
How did you develop your passion for cooking/food? I developed my love of cooking from my Mom and Grandma. They were both farm wives and often served meals to the men working on the farm during planting and harvest season. I loved to tag along and help them.
Do you have any interesting uses for everyday kitchen tools or pantry items? I like kitchen tools that serve double duty. For instance, I use ice cube trays to freeze leftover chicken broth. Once frozen, I pop them out into plastic storage bags and thaw them, as needed, for soups, sauces or gravies. I use plastic self-sealing storage bags for piping deviled egg filling or decorative icing for cakes. Simply snip off one corner with kitchen shears and press the mixture through the tip.
What is your favorite thing to cook versus your favorite thing to eat? One of my favorite things to make is bread – especially if I have extra time on the weekend. I just love the process of proofing, shaping and baking it. The whole house smells wonderful.
What is a funny or memorable moment that has happened in your own kitchen? When my husband and I were first married, I decided to try and impress him by making pizza, complete with a homemade crust. Within minutes of baking the pizza the cheese was bubbly and brown, so I took it out to serve. The trouble was, the crust was still doughy and the pizza slices fell into heaps of mush on our plates. We tossed the pizza, along with my pride, and called for pizza delivery! Since then, I’ve learned to bake the crust first, and then add the toppings during the last few minutes.
When did you start cooking? I started cooking and baking around the time I received an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. I still have it! It’s bright orange and bakes cakes and cookies with the heat of a light bulb.