The goings on in New Castle and the immediately passing summer have confined the time offered these days to converse about foods.
There is scarcely more than enough time to eat lunch, and on these incredibly hot, humid days, appetites are minimal.
One day though I was busily writing information stories, a faithful reader who had go through a couple of of these food stuff columns contacted me.
She had saved a ton of back problems of the New Castle Information Holiday getaway Cookbooks with food prepare dinner-off recipes that were being judged in a contest sponsored by the paper. She questioned me if I wished the cookbooks due to the fact she was having rid of them.
They ended up tabloid sections printed on newsprint that ended up incorporated within the paper.
Judges for the contests provided the late Peter Yerage, previous food items assistance director at the college then named the Lawrence County Vocational-Specialized College, and Janice Hassen, retired Penn Point out Extension director. There generally ended up guest judges, much too, which includes kinds from area restaurants.
The troubles she gave me ranged from 1989 by way of 1995. I was leafing by them and identified names of women who had been single then, whom I know now by their married names.
There were being two challenges the place the identical human being, Joanne Stroud, experienced won the grand prize two many years in a row. I tried using to discover her to test to faucet her memory, but evidently, now in her 80s, she has moved to another point out.
Hassen remembers staying a choose at those people functions. She shared what she remembers.
“Maxine Carlson was the man or woman who initiated it,” she mentioned.
Maxine, now deceased, was the Lifestyle editor of the paper at that time and wrote her possess food items column.
“We experienced it at the vo-tech college,” Hassen recalled. There was an software to enter the contest, and there were distinct classes, and people despatched their recipes to Maxine. Then a committee reviewed them and invited people to “do the obstacle,” Hassen claimed. “They experienced to choose their ready dishes to the university and we judged them.”
“There ended up various classes,” she claimed, noting there had been appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, casseroles, cookies, cakes and pies, desserts, soups and chilis.”
They could set the finishing touches on their dishes at the university, or heat them up there.
“It was constantly a enjoyment occasion,” Hassen claimed. “People came and they were being dressed up. It was lengthy at evening since there had been so several entries. We in fact tasted all the food stuff.”
She remembers New Castle resident Chloe Buckner profitable a great deal of periods.
“Chloe Buckner cleaned household all the time, particularly in the baking groups. She was a extremely good baker,” Hassen recalled.
At 86, Chloe in a cellphone job interview mentioned she even now does a whole lot of cooking. What she remembers most about the contests had been, “I was a winner.”
Baked goods and key dishes had been her specialties, and there was constantly a great deal of competition.
“All I know is, I won every little thing and I had all these awards, typically for cookies and cakes. I just loved it. I appreciate cooking and I try to remember when I won the a single of the contests, and I went to the vo-tech college and I cooked for the pupils and showed them how to make some recipes,” she explained, including, “Pete Yerage was my largest supporter.”
She explained that immediately after she won the New Castle News cooking contest for so quite a few years, he created her 1 of its judges rather.
Chloe stated her grandmother, Clotile Ross, taught her to cook dinner.
“She was magnificent,” Chloe reported. “She cooked for every person in town, all the clubs. I cooked for everybody, way too. When I went destinations, folks would request me to deal with a thing. I belonged to a good deal of social golf equipment and would take a dish.”
Her favored matter to make now is spaghetti sauce, but her recipe isn’t 1 she can produce down, she claimed.
A single of her grand prize-winning entries in the cooking contest was a recipe for Raspberry-Stuffed Cookies, the recipe for which is showcased below.
It was unheard of for a gentleman to enter the contest, and a lot more unheard of for a baby to enter. But in 1999, 5-yr-aged Jordan Reed from New Wilmington received the dessert class with his apple pie, that termed for rum in the recipe. The tale printed in the tabloid said his mother, Diana Reed, aided him bake. We surprise the place Jordan is today, and we’re hoping he is however baking pies.
Underneath are Buckner’s and Reed’s two profitable recipes in the sweets group. Keep viewing, mainly because following I thumb via them, there just may be additional of these prizewinners released once again in the foreseeable future. And there may be individuals who received back then whom you may well recognize.
¾ cup margarine
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup milk
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup margarine
2 12/ cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
nuts or coconut
Product margarine and sugar. Incorporate eggs. Combine in other components (apart from for the raspberry jam)
until a comfortable dough types. Make balls the dimensions of cherries. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
Minimize off tops, just a small little bit. Scoop out a very little of the middle. Fill gap with jam and change the top.
For icing, blend product cheese and butter until finally nicely blended. Insert vanilla.
Ice total cookie, then roll in nuts or coconut.
Previous Globe Apple Pie
1 ½ cups flour
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) butter
2 tablespoons shortening
¼ teaspoon salt
3 to 4 tablespoons ice h2o
2 ½ kilos of apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons darkish rum
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup chopped pecans
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup flour
½ cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, butter, slice into parts, shortening and salt in chilled bowl and mix until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Include 3 tablespoons of ice drinking water and blend till dough retains alongside one another, introducing an additional tablespoon of h2o if wanted. Roll out a single crust to match in a 9-inch pie plate. Prick with a fork and bake 10 minutes.
Mix apples, 1 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, rum and cinnamon and spoon combination into pie shell.
Combine topping elements and blend till crumbly. Sprinkle on leading of pie and bake for 50 minutes.