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Taste of Home event held in Ticonderoga

Pictured:  Chef Michael, back, with his on stage with, from left, Dannae Whalen-Hall, Patti Manning, Susie Harrison, Susan Zacharenko, Courtney Keller and Therese Brady-Smith.

Pictured: Chef Michael, back, with his on stage with, from left, Dannae Whalen-Hall, Patti Manning, Susie Harrison, Susan Zacharenko, Courtney Keller and Therese Brady-Smith.

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Devere  Buffinger left, won a new Range at the Taste of Home Cooking School and choose to donate it to PRIDE. Also shown are Chef Michael Barna, Pat Moore of Blodgette’s Supply and Scarlette Merfeld, regional manager for Denton Publications.

— More than great food was cooking at the area’s first-ever Taste of Home Cooking School sponsored by the Valley News June 1 at the EMA in Ticonderoga.

The nationally acclaimed Cooking Magazine working with the local paper brought Chef Michael Barna to demonstrate step-by-step some of their top summer recipes as submitted by readers and to offer expert cooking advise. In addition to the paper, the event was sponsored by Wal-Mart and Blodgette’s Supply of Ticonderoga.

Event emcee and Associate Publisher Ed Coats said that it was a great fun day for all who attend despite the hot weather.

“We gave away over 50 prizes, and the crowd, while a little smaller than expected due to the warm weather, was as enthusiastic and engaged as if we had a thousand folks there,” he said.

The grand prize winner was Devere Buffington, who won the range donated by Blodgette Supply and has graciously donated it to PRIDE of Ticonderoga. Other prize winners who won Wal-Mart gift bags were Theresa Klingenberg, Patricia Ogilvie, Hanna Lavalla, Bonnie Bigelow, Donna McDurfee, Tracy Bennett, Kristie Fosmire, Lucinda Palmer, Juan Renadette, Mary Hamilton, Erica Barnsted, Lisa Stephendor, Patricia Blodgette, Cindy Gunning, Betsy Comeau, Cathy Beaton, Lucie Huckabay, Mary Lupo, Elaine Dean, Lynn Buck, Kathy Marshall and Krista Bigelow.

Leslie Anderson won a Ninja Chopper. Shirley McCullough won a gift bag and meat tenderizer. Kathy Lagreca won a Mrs. Dash Gift Basket. Louse Evettesche won a Ceramic Bakers Package. Ashley Shores won an Ortega Taco Gift Bag. Anthony Lagreea won a stoneware pan. Shelley Rogers won a Bud Light Chair. And Karen Turcotte won a stainless steel pan.

Winners of Taste of Home Cookbooks were Lee Dame, Donna Thompson, Lynn Gaduser, Margaret Schamberg, Burke Wilson, Vicky Murcray, Eleanor Winters, Susie Harrison, Jennie Benson, Celeste Jenkins, Thomas McCullough and Jill Stull.

Winner of the chef-prepared food items were Sheryl Manfredi, Nancy Strader, Janice House, Karen Longden, Patricia Hintze, Mary Jo Salvadore, Theresa Toan, Andy Trudeau, Jamie Stradler and Mev Manfredi.

Other door prizes from Premier Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Woodsmen of the World, Mount Defiance, Tromblee’s Greenhouse and Blodgette’s Supply were awarded to Sharon Raymond, Emily Farr, Annika Ferguson and Cheryl Tromblee.

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