Sharing my favorite flavors

Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:04 - Written by Christine Gardner,

The thing I enjoy most about cooking is being able to share it with others. Either through writing recipes, cooking someone a meal, doing FRESH Ideas on CBS19 or teaching cooking classes at various places — it’s important to me to share the knowledge with others.

There’s always something to lear — no matter what level of expertise you possess. I attended a cooking class on Friday that a friend was teaching, and there was so much I learned from her perspective and style of instruction.

Writing the recipes and stories is often a one-sided venture, so getting out and doing some public demonstrations and interacting with others helps me stay in touch with what people are interested in learning and what they enjoy reading about.

I’ve been adding more of these events to my schedule, and starting next week I will be conducting a monthly cooking class that is free to the public.

Every last Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. I hope you can join me for Coffee Talk at FRESH by Brookshire’s. It is held every week, but I will be hosting it once a month.

Chairs are set up in the coffee area of the store, and everyone is invited to grab a coffee, try some samples and watch as recipes and techniques are demonstrated.

I decided to do the last Tuesday of the month so that I present an overview of what has been featured in that month’s FLAVOR sections. So, if there are questions you have about recipes, ingredients or products, this is a great time to join the conversation.

I will pick a few recipes to demonstrate and, of course, you will be able to try each one.

It should be a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to a big turnout.

Some other events and classes that are upcoming include a Mother’s Day book signing at Sweet Gourmet on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. My cookbook “Favorite FLAVOR” would make a great gift for any mom who likes to cook. I will also be sampling some of the recipes from the book, so even if you already have the book, still come by for a taste.

Also, on May 8 I will be back at Sweet Gourmet for a ladies grilling class. To register for the class you can contact the store at 903-534-0840.

And speaking of grilling, the FRESH by Brookshire’s Steak Cookoff is scheduled for May 24. It will be a great day of competition and plenty of steak samples for everyone to try. And if you’re still hungry for dinner a steak dinner, benefiting the East Texas Food Bank, will be served after the competition.

Next Saturday, May 3 is the day I anticipate every year – opening day for the Farmers Markets. The East Texas State Fair Farmers Market at the fairgrounds starts bright and early at 7 a.m. It will also be held on Tuesdays and close at 1 p.m. on both days.

New this year, The Rose City Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning May 3, the Saturday and Tuesday markets will be located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Highway in the Jul’s Restaurant parking lot.

On Thursdays, the market will be at 722 N. Broadway outside the Salvation Army building.

The Tyler Farmers Market, held behind Broadway Square Mall at 4850 Old Bullard Road, will be opening Saturday, May 18. This market will be held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hope to see you at FRESH on Tuesday. If there was a recipe you’ve seen this month in FLAVOR and you would like to see me demonstrate or a question you may have, send an email to

Food Editor Christine Gardner is available for cooking demonstrations and speaking events for local charities and organizations. For more details email