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Grocery prices rise, more consumers cook at home

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- In this tough economy it's an added insult to know that grocery prices are on the rise. According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, the price of food has gone up nearly 5% from February 2008 to February of 2009.

So, are families still spending money on home cooked meals? Based on the turn out at the Taste of Home Cooking School in Dubuque, people still like home cookin''!

People are lining up inside this ballroom - it's all a part of the Taste of Home Cooking School.

"Easy stuff that people can make at home. Things where you go to the grocery store, find your ingredients," said Mary Janice Reisdorf, culinary specialist.

And cook a meal for almost half the price of eating out. Reisdorf says cooking at home is a growing trend, especially in this economy.

"There's been a lot of articles out saying this is the year of the home cook. This year we've been seeing so many more people come to the show and i think they wanna cook at home," said Reisdorf.

And based on tonight's crowd, Reisdorf's right.

"Sometimes you think it's easy to go out and eat, a little bit cheaper but actually when you buy products and keep the left overs its much better to eat at home, and healthier too," said Cynthia Kraus of Dubuque.

"It's definitely more economical and there's a variety of things that you can do with recipes," said Mary Weilind of Dubuque.

Including meats, veggies, fruits, desserts and even spices. All easy to make, healthy and affordable.

"You're not gonna have to buy a million things to do this so it doesn't cost a bunch of money," said Reisdorf.

And Reisdorf says when it comes down to it, keep it simple.

"I always tell people there's a reason a grilled cheese tastes good. Its just a few things but it tastes great!" she said.

A great taste that's bringing home cooking, back home.

Another benefit to cooking at home is left overs and people here say it's nice to have extra for tomorrow's lunch.

While grocery prices are on the rise -- stores tell us they are seeing an increase in produce, meats and baking goods.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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