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At Taste of Home, we believe home cooks are the best cooks, and our Community Cooks are simply the best of the best. The members of this vibrant community have created many of the inspired recipes at the heart of Taste of Home, treasured by cooks across the globe.

These talented home cooks are always whipping up fresh, exciting flavors, sharing their best cooking tips, and posting pictures and videos of their latest kitchen triumphs. Get to know Community Cooks from across the U.S. and Canada!

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Community Cook of the Month

Community Cooks contributor Lori Stefanishion and a recipe for grilled lamb with mint pepper jellyTMB STUDIO, COURTESY LORI STEFANISHION

Lori Stefanishion from Drumheller, Alberta

When Lori Stefanishion’s not busy traveling to Palm Springs for the winter or to her Lake Shuswap cabin for the summer, you can find her at home with her husband in the small village of Rosebud in Canada. A mother of three and grandmother of five, Lori loves cooking with the children in her family. When she’s not cooking, Lori enjoys many other hobbies, like crafts.

Lori’s favorite tradition with her grandchildren is doing a countdown to New Year’s with a craft, game or food every hour until the ball drops. She also enjoys hosting a “cook-off” every summer at her cabin and decorating pysanky Easter eggs with her relatives every spring.

Taste of Home: How did you learn to cook?

Lori Stefanishion: My mom was my inspiration. When I started loving to entertain, I just kept trying new recipes and interesting foods to serve.

Try Lori’s Grilled Lamb with Mint-Pepper Jelly.

TOH: What types of recipes are you known for?

LS: My friends call me the queen of “appy’s.” I like to do foods, especially appetizers, with themes and a great presentation that will “wow” them. Using my chocolate fountain for nacho cheese or gravy is always a hit!

Try some of Lori’s appetizers like Rice Paper Rolls and Crispy Shrimp Cups.

TOH: What’s the next cooking skill you want to master?

LS: I’ve started getting into sous vide cooking. I would also like to experiment with a smoker someday.

TOH: What’s your favorite kitchen hack that you now live by?

LS: Preparation. I make a schedule and plan for any dinners or parties I host. I do as much ahead as possible, so there is time to enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen. I often freeze some of the foods well in advance. I also keep track of the foods I serve, so I don’t repeat them with the same guests.

Our Whole Team

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Community Cooks come from neighborhoods across the U.S. and Canada. Find one in your neck of the woods.

Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama


Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska

Jessica Burke,
Chandler, Arizona
Cathy Orban, Chandler, Arizona
Robert J. Johnson,
Chino Valley, Arizona
Cori Cooper,
 Flagstaff, Arizona
Paul Williams, Fort Mohave, Arizona
Lee Mason, Gilbert, Arizona
Michille Dewalder, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Belqui Ortiz-Millili, Mesa, Arizona
Theresa Greco, Phoenix, Arizona
Karen Keefe, Phoenix, Arizona


Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas


Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California
Marina Castle-Kelley, Canyon Country, California
Candice Custodio, Creston, California
Kallee Krong-Mccreery, Escondido, California
Rosie Godycki, Los Angeles, California
Dr. Laura Wilhelm, Los Angeles, California
Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California
Ellen Lee Savastano, San Diego, California
Ilya Khayn, San Jose, California


Rebecca Wilson, Longmont, Colorado


Anna Gass, New Canaan, Connecticut
Lynn Faria,
Southington, Connecticut
Janet Turner, Southington, Connecticut
Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, Willimantic, Connecticut


Janie Ganyard, Jacksonville, Florida
Kathleen Criddle, Lake Worth, Florida
Heather Chambers, Largo, Florida
Lygdda Anthony, Longwood, Florida
Pam Brooks, Micco, Florida
Nancy Murphy, Mount Dora, Florida
Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
Kailey Thompson, Palm Bay, Florida
Shawn Barto, Palmetto, Florida
Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida
Norlene Trice, Weeki Wachee, Florida
Danielle Lee, West Palm Beach, Florida


Lynne German, Buford, Georgia
Rosey Sumrall, Kennesaw, Georgia


Rachel Garcia, Honolulu, Hawaii


Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Cindy Worth, Lapwai, Idaho


Ginger Butz, Bolingbrook, Illinois
April Lee Wiencek,
 Chicago, Illinois
Bill Roberts, Geneva, Illinois
Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
Kristina Valley, Libertyville, Illinois
Deborah L. Staley, Mount Vernon, Illinois
Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
Margaret Dunham, Oak Park, Illinois
Lynn Vogeler, Port Barrington, Illinois
Renee Page, Rochelle, Illinois
Michele Tungett, Rochester, Illinois
Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois


Kizmet Byrd, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rena McCalment,
Sharpsville, Indiana
Kathy Renee, Terre Haute, Indiana


Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa
Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa
Stephanie Gates, Waterloo, Iowa


Gina Dolieslager, Conway Springs, Kansas
Allison Ochoa, Hays, Kansas
Erin Wright, Wallace, Kansas
Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas


Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky


Laura Herbage, Covington, Louisiana
Amy Gattuso, Denham Springs, Louisiana
Miranda Coleman, Shreveport, Louisiana

Pamela Brooks,
South Berwick, MaineMaryland
Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
Nikki Haddad, Germantown, Maryland


Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Molly Winsten, Medford, Massachusetts
Lindsey Centrella, Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Gina Doubleday, Berkeley, Michigan
Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan
Kim Shupe, Lake City, Michigan
Lorraine Hickman,
 Lansing, Michigan
Sue Evans, Marquette, Michigan
Cindy Sue Nerat, Menominee, Michigan
Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Rebecca Jennex, Warren, Michigan


Pauline Custer, Duluth, Minnesota
Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, Minnesota


Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
Amber McBridge, Grain Valley, Missouri


Amanda Monroe, Manhattan, Montana


Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

New Hampshire
Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
Jolene Martinelli, Fremont, New Hampshire
Pattie Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire
Margaret Drye, Plainfield, New Hampshire
Grace Vallo, Salem, New Hampshire
Linda Harrington, Windham, New Hampshire

New Jersey

Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Kim Spaccarotella, South Plainfield, New Jersey

New York

Joey Parker, Astoria, New York
Rose Rodwell, Bergen, New York
Aleni Salcedo, East Elmhurst, New York
Luanne Asta, Hampton Bays, New York
Holly Balzer-Harz, Malone, New York
Marisel Salazar, New York, New York
Kimberly Ludvick, Newburgh, New York
Rita Sumers, Niagara Falls, New York
Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, New York
Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
Bara’a Ekbarieh, Staten Island, New York
Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York
Andrea Rivera, Westbury, New York

North Carolina
Taylor Sorenson, Charlotte, North Carolina
Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Stacy Corday, Waxhaw, North Carolina

North Dakota

Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Diane Randle, Maddock, North Dakota

Jacqueline Anderson,
Avon, Ohio
Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
Gina Fensler, Cincinnati, Ohio
Becky Carver, Cleveland, Ohio
Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
Nicole Washington, Fairfield, Ohio
Angela Robinson, Findlay, Ohio
Kristyne McDougle Walter, Lorain, Ohio
Theresa Ravencraft, Marysville, Ohio
Diane Shipley,
 Mentor, Ohio
Michael Alfarag, Perrysburg, Ohio
Shannon Copley, Upper Arlington, Ohio


Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
Shawna Welsh-Garrison, Owasso, Oklahoma

Pam Knepper, Hillsboro, Oregon
Jolina Kwong Caputo, Portland, Oregon
Mary Anne Thygesen, Portland, Oregon
Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon


Diann Hammel, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Dawn Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Gabriella DiSanto, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Patty Crouse, Warren, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Stephanie St. Pierre, 
Cumberland, Rhode Island
Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
Megan Wesley, Westerly, Rhode Island

South Carolina
Nancy Hover, 
Simpsonville, South CarolinaSouth Dakota
Joan Antonen, Arlington, South Dakota
Karen Stucky, Freeman, South Dakota


Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee
Kim Powell, Knoxville, Tennessee
Dianna Smith, Newport, Tennessee
Makenzie Jones, Talbott, Tennessee


Darla Andrews, Boerne, Texas
Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
Allison Ulrich, Frisco, Texas
Munni Alexander, Houston, Texas
Rosemarie Ideler, Houston, Texas
Corinna Nguyen, Hutto, Texas
Marietta Slater, Justin, Texas
Carmen Edwards, Midland, Texas
Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Denise Browning, San Antonio, Texas
Sherri Jerzyk, Somerville, Texas
Leah Hebert, Tomball, Texas


Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah


Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
Hannah Lenehan-Emmons, Williston, Vermont


Soniya Saluja, Chantilly, Virginia
Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
Rebecca Yankovich, Springfield, Virginia
Kelly Shoemaker, Stafford, Virginia
Bianca Dodson, Woodbridge, Virginia


Tara Huntley, Colfax, Washington
Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington

West Virginia

Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
Lorri Burns, Keyser, West Virginia


Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Heather Karow, Burnett, Wisconsin
Justin Weber, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Philia Kelnhofer, West Allis, Wisconsin
Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin


Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, AlbertaBritish Columbia
Tyne Driemel,
Keremeos, British Columbia


Susan Kieboam, Amherstburg, Ontario
Janet Tigchelaar, Ancaster, Ontario
Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario
Niv Menon-Saberi, Port Elgin, Ontario
Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
Pat Roberts, Thornton, Ontario

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