Southern Living Cooking School

September 15, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

Someone's in the kitchen with ... no, no, it's not Dinah, it's The Southern Living Cooking School.

Designed to bring the pages of the Alabama-based magazine to life, The Southern Living Cooking School will be on stage at The Maryland Theatre Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Doors will open one hour before each show.

The two-hour program will feature recipes developed in the Southern Living test kitchens. Program Coordinator Catherine Hall and Foods and Entertaining Specialist Molly Baldwin will host the program in a stage set with an at-home-in-the-kitchen feel inspired by the Southern Living Idea House in New Orleans.

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Live video presentation will provide the audience with a clear view of the fixin's. This year the show is divided into six menu-style segments. It begins with "Love at First Bite," featuring Coconut Shrimp with Mustard Sauce and Appetizer Chicken Roulades. Next, you'll "Step Into the Garden" where Roasted Fall Vegetables, Bacon-Avocado-Tomato Grilled Cheese and Asian Black Bean Soup will be prepared.


"Flavors in a Pinch" shows off adaptations of world flavors with a Southern flair. There will be a coffee break at the "Java Stop" before you "Ease into Autumn" for a taste of Southernly comfortable special occasion dining. The "Dessert Central" finale will be the icing on the cake.

Audience members will be called on stage to taste-test recipes, and each person attending will receive a gift bag with coupons, a Southern Living cookbook featuring recipes presented during the cooking school and items from national sponsors.

Although Southern Living won't preview recipes from the current school, it is willing to share some from previous programs - including last spring's. That program featured tips for "Great Beginnings," including Smoky Vegetable Guacamole, and Mexican Vegetable-Chicken Casserole, a "Fast-Track Favorite."

Entertaining and decorating tips also are part of the show, and Southern Living's tradition of Operation Food Basket will once again benefit Washington County Food Resources. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the effort.

Members of the audience will have a chance to win prizes donated by area businesses, including an ice cream maker from Lowe's of Hagerstown, a compact canister vacuum from The Vacuum Store, a picture from Red Barron Furniture and Carpet and gift certificates from Windmill Shop and This Olde House.

Other area businesses also are providing assistance. Onstage appliances are being supplied by Spicher's Appliances, Weis Markets Inc. is providing the food, fresh flowers will be from Rosemary's Florist, and greenery will be from West Side Floral Inc.

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one hour before each show.
  • Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown
  • Tickets: $5, general admission, available at The Herald-Mail Co., 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown
  • For information: Call Dee Stevenson at 301-791-2191
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