If you haven't purchased your ticket for the upcoming Taste of Home Cooking School, don't wait until the last minute. Tickets are going fast and just might be sold out before the event on March 22.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and guests are invited to visit the booths of various local vendors. At 6:30 p.m., Michelle Roberts, home economist with the cooking school, gets the show started with "Crowd Pleasing Brunch Ideas," tasty recipes for homemade crepes and other sweet treats that are sure to impress family and friends.

Next, Roberts will present "What's for Dinner: Weeknight Meal Solutions." These meals require 15-20 minutes of preparation, and are always popular with busy cooks. Roberts will whip up three easy-to-prepare dishes that are sure to become family favorites.

The final presentation, "Company's Coming! Recipes for Easy Entertaining," will include a trendy crostini appetizer, colorful spring greens salad, encrusted fish filet entre and a rich chocolate dessert.

Mae Stokes, advertising director for The Valdosta Daily Times, is excited about the event and the new home economist.

"I know Michelle Roberts will new flavor to the event," she said.

The event will be just as enjoyable as it will be educational, so a large crowd is expected. "I'd advise people to show up early," Stokes said.

The Times has a free gift bag ready for all guests with an assortment of coupons, brochures, samples and a 68-page Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook that includes the demonstration recipes plus an additional recipes to try at home. Door prizes and other treats only add to the exciting evening.

If you've had enough of complicated recipes and unexciting dishes and are looking for crowd-pleasing recipes that earn you the wow-effect, join Roberts and The Times for the Taste of Home Cooking School's "Rainbow of Flavors," a two-hour demonstration featuring colorful selections to awaken your taste buds and impress your guests.

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