Food blogger returns to EXPO for demo

June Dick will be cooking two of her more popular recipes at the Lake County EXPO on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Food blogger, Examiner columnist, and culinary arts teacher at Daly Middle School/Lakeview High School June Dick will be returning to the Lake County EXPO on Saturday, Feb. 22, to provide another one of her popular cooking demonstrations.

Dick, who also runs the blog Practically Homemade, will feature two of her more popular recipes from the website: banana crumb cake, and corn salsa.

She will have bites of each recipe ready for people to sample, as Dick demonstrates on stage how they are made. She will also have recipe cards available at the EXPO for those interested.

She describes the banana crumb cake as one of her most popular dishes posted on her blog. While intended for breakfast, it can also be eaten as a dessert. As its name suggests, the banana crumb cake features bananas, mashed with a potato masher, perfected with a crumb topping. The crumb topping is comprised of butter and brown sugar.

The other item she will be demonstrating at the EXPO is corn salsa, using canned or fresh corn. Dick describes it as a milder salsa, featuring tomatoes and avocado.

“The goal is to keep it simple so people can do these recipes at home,” said Dick.

She views her goal with the column, the website, and her class, as teaching recipes that not only taste good, but do not take up a lot of time or are overly complicated.

She wants to help those who want to whip up a fresh meal for dinner in a short amount of time.

That was one of the goals of starting her blog, Practically Homemade, showing parents that tasty meals can be made from scratch, not just pre-made meals, and won’t take long to make.

At the Lake County EXPO Dick will only be present for part of the day, in the morning for about an hour, from 10-11 a.m. She will be on a platform with seats in front and will demonstrate both recipes. She views the EXPO, which she has attended for the past four years, as an extension of her culinary arts class at school. She views it just like talking to the students.

Dick is currently in her sixth year of teaching at Daly Middle School and Lakeview High School. She teaches culinary arts classes and an Independent Living class for seniors, which teaches them how to sew, do laundry, car maintenance, cooking and more.

The classes range from learning food basics, learning to cook, getting a food handler’s certificate, and creating a business plan for a bakery or restaurant complete with recipes and theme.

The Lake County EXPO will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Lake County Fairgrounds are at 1900 N. 4th St., Lakeview.

For more information or to reserve a booth call Tillie Flynn at 541-947-3378.

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