Trying new recipes can be a satisfying adventure, especially when your family raves over the finished creation. Most recipes offer clear and concise instructions, but sometimes a step in the preparation process can create problems.

For example, do you know what to substitute if you don't have buttermilk for a recipe? Taste of Home Cooking School understands this dilemma and is headed your way with a lineup of recipes that will include an assortment of useful tricks and tips.

The Valdosta Daily Times will be hosting this popular cooking event on March 22 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center located off Norman Dr. in Valdosta.

Nine tasty recipes will be presented by Michelle Roberts, a home economist with the Taste of Home Cooking School. As she prepares "Blueberry-White Morsels Biscotti" she will share a baking technique that insures success. If you like pita bread, but find cutting and splitting the bread a chore, Roberts will present "Tropical Teriyaki Pita Pockets" with an easy cutting hint and fun new tool.

Do you know what to do with an oven bag and pie weights? Come to the cooking school to find the answer to these questions and learn about other solutions to simplify your food preparation tasks.

Now if you are still wondering about a substitute for buttermilk, the answer is sour milk. Add one tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to one cup milk. Let it stand 10 minutes and then add to your recipe. If that recipe calls for self-rising flour and all you have is all-purpose flour, just mix one cup of the all purpose flour with one and one half teaspoons baking powder and one eighth teaspoon salt for each cup needed.

When you know the substitutions, shortcuts and special techniques of food preparation, you will be able to whip up meals in a dash.

Making plans to attend the Taste of Home Cooking School will ensure you discover helpful hints and shortcuts. Those attending will receive the Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook, which includes the recipes prepared onstage with simple directions and full-color illustrations for each completed dish.

There will be drawings for door prizes during the 2 hour program.

Doors open for the event at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. The Valdosta Daily Times is selling tickets for $8 at Publix and The Valdosta Daily Times main office, and by mailing in the form in the newspaper.

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