This year's cooking school will feature a father/daughter combo, Greg Geerdes and Gina Rassel of Marcus. Both are getting quite excited about sharing their love of cooking with others and support of the Marcus Fair. You will smile from beginning to end with their commentary as they move along.
Greg has lived in Marcus for 42 years with his wife Gloria. He has been employed by the U.S. Postal System for more years than he cares to count and carries mail in Cherokee. He is an avid gardner making his yard a showcase for others to enjoy. He raises many vegetables which he finds uses for in the kitchen. Many veggies are preserved through canning and freezing for the winter use.
When Greg puts in time in the family kitchen, he loves to try new and unusual recipes or give the old ones a new twist. Greg likes to experiment with ingredients to come up with an improved taste for the diner. Many times the family would sit at the table to eat his concoctions, not knowing what ingredients were in the dish. It's fun to see what one can achieve and watch family and friends react to his cooking.
This may be a good part of the reason why their oldest daughter, Gina, has also taken up cooking as a fun and creative activity for her family to enjoy. Gina and her husband, Cameron, have three sons with hearty appetites to satisfy. Gina began her baking after joining 4-H when in the fifth grade. After high school, she studied Hotel & Restaurant Management at Iowa State. She likes entertaining family and friends with most social activities centering around eating tasty food.
Gina is a familiar face to those who are customers of Hy-Vee Drugstore in Marcus (she also has served the East Main Street Store in Cherokee) in the pharmacy department.
The father/daughter duo's theme for this year's cooking school is "Family Food". They will share some of their favorite and best recipes that have been passed down from other great cooks in their family. Greg and Gina look forward to cooking before you at the Marcus Fair. The cooking school is on Sunday, August 15th starting at 12:30 p.m. Get there early to get a copy of the recipes and to get a good seat. Many door prizes have been donated by local merchants for the audience to win.