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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • Posted April 4, 2013

Grab your friends and join us for food and fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Brown County Youth Fair Home Economics Building (4206 Hwy. 377 South, on this side of Brownwood, not far from the 3M plant). Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

“While there are many groups who conduct cooking schools, we believe the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School has a unique niche,” said Dr. Susan Ballabina, Regional Program Director for Family and Consumer Sciences of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“During the cooking school, everyone will see demonstrations of quick and easy-to-make recipes from the 30-page Dinner Tonight Cookbook. The unique cookbook contains 12 meal plans and all the recipes, including entrées, sides, and desserts – perfect for busy families. We are targeting busy people who still want to make time for meal preparation and feel good about what they are feeding themselves and their family. Our goals are to promote family mealtime, teach families healthy meal planning and food preparation techniques, and promote Texas agriculture.”

This event is brought to you by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and will feature county Extension agents (including me) and Celebrity Chef, Darlene Walton. After 21 years in the catering business, Chef Darlene decided to follow her dreams of becoming a certified chef and graduated from the Dallas Arts Institute in 2005. She serves as an ambassador promoting the Dallas Arts Institute to high school students and has participated in the Dallas State Fair Celebrity Chef Show for 7 years. She is also an instructor in the Culinary Arts department at Texas State Technical College in Abilene.

All participants will receive a cookbook, gift bag full of goodies, recipe samples, and a chance to win door prizes, including a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. The cost of the cooking school is $20 if paid by April 1 or $25 at the door. For registration form, visit Brown County’s Extension website at http://brown.agrilife.org or call 325-646-0386.

If you have general questions about the cooking school, please call me in Mason at 325-347-6459 or Menard at 325-396-4787.

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