Meals for Considered: Previous News cooking contests stir up recollections | Existence

The goings on in New Castle and the promptly passing summer have confined the time available these days to talk about food stuff.

There is scarcely enough time to eat lunch, and on these warm, humid times, appetites are constrained.

One particular working day although I was busily crafting information stories, a trustworthy reader who had examine a couple of these food items columns contacted me.

She experienced saved a large amount of back challenges of the New Castle Information Vacation Cookbooks with meals prepare dinner-off recipes that were judged in a contest sponsored by the paper. She asked me if I required the cookbooks mainly because she was finding rid of them.

They have been tabloid sections printed on newsprint that had been involved within the paper.

Judges for the contests involved the late Peter Yerage, former food stuff assistance director at the university then termed the Lawrence County Vocational-Specialized University, and Janice Hassen, retired Penn Point out Extension director. There usually were being visitor judges, far too, which include types from regional places to eat.

The concerns she gave me ranged from 1989 through 1995. I was leafing by means of them and identified names of ladies who had been single then, whom I know now by their married names.

There ended up two difficulties where the similar individual, Joanne Stroud, had received the grand prize two decades in a row. I experimented with to locate her to test to faucet her memory, but seemingly, now in her 80s, she has moved to another point out.

Hassen remembers getting a decide at these occasions. She shared what she remembers.

“Maxine Carlson was the person who initiated it,” she said.

Maxine, now deceased, was the Lifestyle editor of the paper at that time and wrote her individual food items column.

“We experienced it at the vo-tech university,” Hassen recalled. There was an application to enter the contest, and there have been different types, and persons despatched their recipes to Maxine. Then a committee reviewed them and invited people today to “do the obstacle,” Hassen said. “They had to consider their organized dishes to the school and we judged them.”

“There have been various groups,” she stated, noting there were appetizers, facet dishes, primary dishes, casseroles, cookies, cakes and pies, desserts, soups and chilis.”

They could set the finishing touches on their dishes at the college, or warmth them up there.

“It was usually a entertaining occasion,” Hassen stated. “People came and they ended up dressed up. It was extended at night time mainly because there ended up so a lot of entries. We truly tasted all the food stuff.”

She remembers New Castle resident Chloe Buckner winning a lot of periods.

“Chloe Buckner cleaned dwelling all the time, especially in the baking categories. She was a incredibly superior baker,” Hassen recalled.

At 86, Chloe in a cellphone interview claimed she still does a large amount of cooking. What she remembers most about the contests were being, “I was a winner.”

Baked goods and key dishes had been her specialties, and there was generally a large amount of competitiveness.

“All I know is, I won all the things and I had all these awards, generally for cookies and cakes. I just appreciated it. I appreciate cooking and I recall when I received the a single of the contests, and I went to the vo-tech college and I cooked for the college students and showed them how to make some recipes,” she claimed, adding, “Pete Yerage was my largest supporter.”

She said that just after she won the New Castle Information cooking contest for so several decades, he produced her one of its judges in its place.

Chloe said her grandmother, Clotile Ross, taught her to cook.

“She was amazing,” Chloe stated. “She cooked for most people in city, all the golf equipment. I cooked for all people, too. When I went spots, men and women would request me to repair some thing. I belonged to a whole lot of social clubs and would consider a dish.”

Her preferred factor to make currently is spaghetti sauce, but her recipe is not just one she can generate down, she said.

One particular of her grand prize-successful entries in the cooking contest was a recipe for Raspberry-Stuffed Cookies, the recipe for which is highlighted underneath.

It was uncommon for a man to enter the contest, and a lot more uncommon for a child to enter. But in 1999, 5-12 months-outdated Jordan Reed from New Wilmington received the dessert classification with his apple pie, that called for rum in the recipe. The story printed in the tabloid said his mother, Diana Reed, assisted him bake. We ponder the place Jordan is right now, and we’re hoping he is still baking pies.

Underneath are Buckner’s and Reed’s two successful recipes in the sweets group. Keep looking at, because after I thumb by them, there just could be a lot more of these prizewinners published once again in the foreseeable future. And there could be individuals who received back again then whom you could identify.

Raspberry-stuffed Cookies

Chloe Buckner


¾ cup margarine

¾ cup sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup milk

4 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

raspberry jam


8 ounces cream cheese

½ cup margarine

2 12/ cups confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

nuts or coconut

Product margarine and sugar. Insert eggs. Combine in other elements (except for the raspberry jam)

until a comfortable dough types. Make balls the sizing of cherries. Bake at 350 levels for 12 to 15 minutes.

Lower off tops, just a very little little bit. Scoop out a very little of the middle. Fill hole with jam and change the major.

For icing, mix product cheese and butter right up until very well blended. Incorporate vanilla.

Ice total cookie, then roll in nuts or coconut.

Previous Earth Apple Pie

Jordan Reed


1 ½ cups flour

6 tablespoons (¾ adhere) 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 dark rum

1 teaspoon cinnamon


¾ cup chopped pecans

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup flour

½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 levels. Merge flour, butter, minimize into parts, shortening and salt in chilled bowl and mix right until combination resembles coarse food.

Include 3 tablespoons of ice h2o and blend until finally dough holds with each other, including an additional tablespoon of drinking water if necessary. Roll out a single crust to suit in a 9-inch pie plate. Prick with a fork and bake 10 minutes.

Blend apples, 1 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, rum and cinnamon and spoon combination into pie shell.

Mix topping elements and combine until finally crumbly. Sprinkle on top rated of pie and bake for 50 minutes.

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