Food fads see constant change, and it takes a savvy consumer to know what's hot and what's not. If you're looking for new recipes that highlight popular foods, plan to attend the Taste of Home Cooking School on Tuesday, March 22, at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center located off Norman Drive in Valdosta.

Michelle Roberts, home economist with the Cooking School, will demonstrate a variety of recipes with trendy flavors and "what's happening" taste.

"Ethnic cuisine is very popular right now," reports Roberts. "I'll be preparing a 'Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Salad' that is perfect for a luncheon or light evening meal."

The simple recipe can become very fashionable with a little creative presentation, such as stylish square plates in earthy tones with a couple of chopsticks on bamboo placemats.

"I was surprised to learn that crepes are making a comeback," Mae Stokes, advertising director for The Valdosta Daily Times, said. Stokes is coordinating plans with Roberts to make this event an enjoyable, informative time.

Stokes said Roberts has assured her that crepes are easy to prepare and a treat everyone will want to add to a breakfast or brunch menu. "Creamy Strawberry Breakfast Crapes" is a quick-to-fix recipe with a touch of elegance that is sure to impress family and friends.

"Blueberry-White Morsels Biscotti" is a contemporary recipe Roberts will showcase for the java-lovers. This crunchy, sweet confection is the perfect complement to your favorite cut of coffee.

Learn how to prepare these contemporary dishes and enjoy a fun night out with family and friends. Each attendee will receive a free full-color Taste of home Cooking School Cookbook that includes the recipes prepared on-stage, as well as a gift bag filled with coupons, product brochures and samples.

National sponsors and local vendors will provide an array of door prizes as well. Winners will be chosen from the completed registration cards that are collected before the start of the show.

Lucky guests may receive a bag of groceries, a baking products gift package, or one of the dishes that is prepared on-stage.

Tickets are selling for $8 each at Publix and The Valdosta Daily Times. Doors open at 5 p.m. for guests to visit local vendor booths and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Come join The Valdosta Daily Times and Taste of Home Cooking School for a culinary adventure starring recipes for trendsetters.

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