Food items for Believed: Aged News cooking contests stir up reminiscences | Life

The goings on in New Castle and the promptly passing summer time have restricted the time accessible these days to converse about foods.

There is hardly more than enough time to consume lunch, and on these hot, humid times, appetites are confined.

One working day even though I was busily writing information stories, a trustworthy reader who experienced read a several of these meals columns contacted me.

She had saved a whole lot of back again concerns of the New Castle Information Holiday break Cookbooks with foodstuff cook dinner-off recipes that had been judged in a contest sponsored by the paper. She asked me if I required the cookbooks since she was acquiring rid of them.

They were being tabloid sections printed on newsprint that had been included inside the paper.

Judges for the contests provided the late Peter Yerage, former food assistance director at the university then identified as the Lawrence County Vocational-Specialized College, and Janice Hassen, retired Penn Condition Extension director. There constantly had been visitor judges, way too, including kinds from local dining places.

The issues she gave me ranged from 1989 as a result of 1995. I was leafing via them and discovered names of females who have been solitary then, whom I know now by their married names.

There ended up two troubles where by the same person, Joanne Stroud, had won the grand prize two decades in a row. I tried using to obtain her to consider to tap her memory, but apparently, now in her 80s, she has moved to yet another condition.

Hassen remembers being a choose at all those activities. She shared what she remembers.

“Maxine Carlson was the man or woman who initiated it,” she stated.

Maxine, now deceased, was the Way of living editor of the paper at that time and wrote her very own food stuff column.

“We experienced it at the vo-tech college,” Hassen recalled. There was an software to enter the contest, and there had been different classes, and folks despatched their recipes to Maxine. Then a committee reviewed them and invited individuals to “do the problem,” Hassen claimed. “They experienced to acquire their well prepared dishes to the faculty and we judged them.”

“There have been various groups,” she mentioned, noting there were appetizers, side dishes, principal dishes, casseroles, cookies, cakes and pies, desserts, soups and chilis.”

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

“It was constantly a pleasurable function,” Hassen reported. “People came and they had been dressed up. It was very long at night time mainly because there ended up so lots of entries. We basically tasted all the foods.”

She remembers New Castle resident Chloe Buckner successful a ton of times.

“Chloe Buckner cleaned home all the time, in particular in the baking classes. She was a really excellent baker,” Hassen recalled.

At 86, Chloe in a cellphone job interview stated she even now does a good deal of cooking. What she remembers most about the contests were being, “I was a winner.”

Baked products and main dishes have been her specialties, and there was often a whole lot of competition.

“All I know is, I received every little thing and I had all these awards, largely for cookies and cakes. I just enjoyed it. I adore cooking and I don’t forget when I gained the 1 of the contests, and I went to the vo-tech college and I cooked for the college students and confirmed them how to make some recipes,” she explained, incorporating, “Pete Yerage was my most important admirer.”

She mentioned that immediately after she received the New Castle News cooking contest for so many many years, he built her a single of its judges rather.

Chloe mentioned her grandmother, Clotile Ross, taught her to prepare dinner.

“She was amazing,” Chloe said. “She cooked for all people in town, all the golf equipment. I cooked for everyone, much too. When I went places, persons would request me to deal with something. I belonged to a large amount of social clubs and would choose a dish.”

Her favorite matter to make today is spaghetti sauce, but her recipe is not a person she can publish down, she claimed.

One of her grand prize-winning entries in the cooking contest was a recipe for Raspberry-Crammed Cookies, the recipe for which is highlighted under.

It was uncommon for a person to enter the contest, and far more uncommon for a baby to enter. But in 1999, 5-year-previous Jordan Reed from New Wilmington received the dessert group with his apple pie, that referred to as for rum in the recipe. The story printed in the tabloid claimed his mom, Diana Reed, served him bake. We speculate in which Jordan is right now, and we’re hoping he is however baking pies.

Beneath are Buckner’s and Reed’s two winning recipes in the sweets group. Continue to keep observing, since following I thumb as a result of them, there just may possibly be additional of these prizewinners published all over again in the long term. And there might be individuals who received back again then whom you could identify.

Raspberry-loaded 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 product cheese

½ cup margarine

2 12/ cups confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

nuts or coconut

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

until a gentle dough forms. Make balls the dimensions of cherries. Bake at 350 levels for 12 to 15 minutes.

Slash off tops, just a minor little bit. Scoop out a small of the heart. Fill hole with jam and change the top.

For icing, combine cream cheese and butter till properly blended. Insert vanilla.

Ice total cookie, then roll in nuts or coconut.

Previous World Apple Pie

Jordan Reed


1 ½ cups flour

6 tablespoons (¾ stick) butter

2 tablespoons shortening

¼ teaspoon salt

3 to 4 tablespoons ice h2o


2 ½ lbs of apples, peeled and sliced

2 cups brown sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

3 tablespoons dim rum

1 teaspoon cinnamon


¾ cup chopped pecans

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup flour

½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Incorporate flour, butter, lower into parts, shortening and salt in chilled bowl and blend right until mixture resembles coarse food.

Add 3 tablespoons of ice drinking water and combine until eventually dough retains jointly, incorporating yet another tablespoon of drinking water if necessary. Roll out one particular crust to healthy 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 mixture into pie shell.

Blend topping substances and blend till crumbly. Sprinkle on prime of pie and bake for 50 minutes.