Got a special recipe you just know is worthy of an award? Try it out in one of the Indiana State Fair’s recipe competitions.
Advance registration is required by July 1. The fair runs Aug. 2-18.
For contest details visit the contest section of www.in.gov/statefair/fair and click on Premium Book and then Home & Family Arts or call the fair’s Entry Office at 317-927-7515.
• New — Scratch Bakers Cookie Challenge: Judging: 3 p.m. Aug. 2.
Do you love to bake from scratch? Using the premium quality of Gold Medal flour, contestants are asked to create any kind of cookie, any style, size or shape is welcome as long as it’s made from scratch. Top finishers receive $100, $50 and $25. Judging is based on appearance, flavor and texture. As a warm-up, try these Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies: blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/GoldMedalFlourUltimateChocolateChipCookiesRecipe2013.doc.
• Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship: Judging: 1 a.m. Aug. 6.
Using premium Ghirardelli 60 percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (and as much additional Ghirardelli baking chocolate as you like), create any type of bite-size delicacy to make you a big hit at the fair. First- and second-place finishers will win $150 and $50 each. Plus, the top three winners and a random contestant each will take home a Ghirardelli gift basket. Judging will be based on appearance, taste, creativity and ease of preparation. Think of something like these Triple Chocolate Cake Pops: www.blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/GhirardelliTripleChocolateCakePopsRecipe2013.doc
• Fleischmann’s Yeast — Best Baking Contest: Judging: 2 p.m. Aug. 6.
The Best Baking Contest helps a good cause: for each entry nationwide (between July and October) ACH Food Cos. will contribute $10 to the No Kid Hungry Campaign (up to $25,000) on behalf of contestants and its Fleischmann’s Yeast brand. Bake your best recipe using any type of Fleischmann’s Yeast. Prizes of $125, $50 and $25 await the top three winners in the first category. Think breads, coffee cakes and other baked goods; anything goes, from braids, baguettes and breadsticks, to flavorful focaccia, doughnuts or coffee cake. The second category will award $125 for the best dessert pizza with a homemade crust. Judging is based on flavor, creativity, texture, appearance and ease of preparation. To start, try out this simple recipe: www.blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/FleischmannsYeastBeginnersTopChoiceWhiteBreadRecipe2013.doc.
• Pie Baking Championship: Judging: Noon Aug. 10.
The makers of the most delicious dessert pies and the most scrumptious savory pie will win awards and more. The competition calls for pies of all sizes, shapes and flavors. Just make your entry using Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts. Prizes for the Top Dessert Pies are $200, $50 and $25; the Top Savory Pie will win $75. Judging will be based on creativity, simplicity, taste and presentation. Try this: www.blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/PillsburyHerestotheRedWhiteandBluePieRecipe2013.doc.
• Great American SPAM Championship: Contest Judging: Aug. 17 at noon
Create your most spectacular SPAM sandwich, from a simple grilled cheese to a sensational masterpiece, and you could end up a winner. Entrants will compete for prizes (up to $150 for first place), blue ribbons and a shot at the coveted grand prize, a trip to the SPAM Jam Waikiki Festival. Two categories will welcome both adults and youth. Focus on taste, creativity and presentation, and use 10 ingredients or less. Try this delicious SPAM Monte Cristo Sandwich: www.blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/SPAMMonteCristoSandwichRecipe2013.doc.
• New — Family Favorites Recipe Contest: Contest Judging: Aug. 17 at 3 p.m.
Create and compete with any delicious dish that will wow your family, friends and the fair’s judges. Simply use the time saving Bisquick mix to reinvent a classic appetizer or revitalize an everyday main meal. Top finishers received $100, $50 and $25. Judging is based on appearance, flavor and texture. To start stirring things up, try these impossibly easy mini chicken pot pies: www.blueribbongroup.net/pages/media/documents/BisquickImpossiblyEasyMiniChickenPotPiesRecipe2013.doc.
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Got a special recipe you just know is worthy of an award? Try it out in one of the Indiana State Fair’s recipe competitions.
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Walk of a Lifetime: Writer discovers views fit for a painting while walking the cliffs of Prout’s Neck, home to famous artist Winslow Homer’s seaside studio
Editor’s Note: Today, we continue the New England Journal as Mike Lunsford writes of a day walking the Maine seacoast in search of the great artist, Winslow Homer. Join Mike in January for the fifth installment of this series as he visits Edna St. Vincent Millay’s rural New York farm, Steepletop.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Sustainability hubs will leave the world a better place
There is something powerful that happens when people ban together for greater good. In many cities throughout the United States there are sustainability hubs. While each one is uniquely different, they all have the common theme of leaving the world better than when they entered into it.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: You can’t tell there’s Velveeta in this fudge
At Christmastime we make sweets, candy, cookies, etc. When we were in State Soil and Water, we would bring cookies and candy for the last night at the meetings. A friend of mine, Marie Bunting, brought this fudge recipe and samples.
Anniversary listings: Dec. 1, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Copeland
Mr. and Mrs. John Hemminghouse
Engagement listing: Dec. 1, 2013
Wedding listing: Dec. 1, 2013
Heightened Sense of Place: Educators’ efforts helped put geography back on map in schools
Geography transcends dots on a map.
Teachers traveling abroad alongside Terre Haute geographer Dorothy Drummond have experienced the real-life cultures, atmosphere and people existing within those dots. An educator herself, Drummond has organized affordable geography tours of foreign lands for Wabash Valley schoolteachers for many years. The journeys involved more than sight-seeing.
Families to remember children at Dec. 8 candle lighting
Members of the Clark County (Ill.) Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in the Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Dec. 8. The event is designed to honor the memories of children who have died.
Shakamak Park earns honors for 4-H camp
Shakamak State Park was recently honored by Purdue Extension for hosting a 4-H summer camp that has served children since 1931.
The park was given the 2013 Friend of Extension award at the Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference Awards Banquet at West Lafayette earlier this month.
GRAPE SENSE: ‘Today’s Bordeaux’ campaign features more affordable wines
There is an old saying among wine enthusiasts: “The more you drink wine, the more you gravitate toward the French.”
And if you haven’t heard that one, certainly you’ve read and heard people talk about expensive French Bordeaux wines.
CASY to host Orientation I, II training in December
Chances and Services for Youth provides Orientation I training for those interested in becoming a licensed child care provider. Orientation I is part one of two trainings on opening a child care site.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: A good bread for dishes like spaghetti or lasagna
I have made this bread for many years. It is wonderful with spaghetti or lasagna. I’m not sure where the recipe came from. We all love garlic bread. If you are just starting to make bread, this is a good one. I have taken this bread to the field, carry-in dinners, just about everywhere.
Anniversary listing: Nov. 24, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. L. Ray Shew
Find your roots at the Marshall Public Library
Marshall Public Library’s Genealogy Department has many tools to help researchers discover their family roots. On-site resources available include a collection of local history books and binders, marriage and probate record indexes, cemetery surname index and locator maps, plat books and land records, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Marshall High School yearbooks dating back to 1912 and newspapers on microfilm from 1865 to 2012.
Wedding listing: Nov. 24, 2013
Fade to Black: A few local theaters among last to part with century-old 35-mm film
The projectionist behind the first movie shown in the Indiana Theatre nearly 92 years ago would likely feel right at home in that same booth today.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Nothing healthy about seeing green in mid-to-late November
Fall is in full force, the skies are gray and trees have shaken their leaves to the forest floor. The outskirts of dormant wooded areas are lined with a thick brush of green. While green may signify a healthy forest, there is nothing healthy about seeing bright green in mid-to-late November. What you are witnessing as you drive by is an invasive species called Asian Bush Honeysuckle.
CHRIS DAVIES: While you’re waiting on a quick fix for weight loss, a couple suggestions …
By now you may have heard about a wonder supplement Cortislim. Annoying Cortislim ads claim to rid your body of unwanted belly fat by suppressing the stress hormone cortisol. Like other supplements before, their claims were not proven.
Sewing Connection auction Nov. 18 to feature homemade items
The Wabash Valley Sewing Connection will have an auction on Monday in the Girl Scout Service Center in Fairbanks Park beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until all items are sold. Admission is free.
Correctional Facility seeks kids’ books
The Hope Center, a parenting program at the Rockville Correctional Facility, is asking for donations of gently “pre-read” children’s books to use for their Read-to-Me program. Donations may be dropped off at the Rockville Public Library, 106 N. Market St.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Serve Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake as breakfast appetizer
Last July I was with a friend of mine helping her with her home and dog. I was looking through her cookbooks and I saw this coffee cake recipe. This would be a good recipe for when we have family and friends overnight for Thanksgiving
Rox Alumni gets nonprofit approval
The Rockville Alumni Foundation, Inc. has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization.
Donations made to the organization will be tax–deductible. The approval is retroactive to June 27.
Time to submit Komen grant apps by Dec. 15
The Wabash Valley affiliate of Susan G. Komen is now accepting grant applications for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The deadline for grant applications is Dec. 15.
Terre Foods encourages co-op membership
Terre Foods Cooperative Market is launching a holiday membership drive by offering people the opportunity to purchase a membership gift for themselves, a loved one or a friend.
Engagement listing: Nov. 17, 2013
Anniversary listings: Nov. 17, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Earnest I. Dayhuff Jr.
Families to remember kids at Dec. 8 candle lighting
Members of the Clark County (Ill.) Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in the Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Dec. 8. The event is designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died.
Learn what’s in store: ‘Agricultural Outlook 2014’ Nov. 22
The Purdue Extension Service of Vermillion County will host “Agricultural Outlook 2014,” at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds, Cayuga. The free program is designed to help farmers, land owners, input suppliers and those interested in agriculture make better business decisions in the coming year.
HEALING WATERS: Team River Runner offers inspiration, opens doors for wounded veterans
Some people say the fun of boating on the Wabash is dealing with unexpected challenges such a big body of water can present on certain days; others delight in the wild beauty at Terre Haute’s doorstep, from bald eagles soaring above trees lining the banks of the Wabash to the panorama of the river itself as it curls through woodland in many places reminiscent of primeval splendor seen hundreds of years ago.
GRAPE SENSE: Fall is wine shipping — and sampling — time
Fall is wine shipping season. That means if you buy wine online or direct from a winery several states away, now is the time to get it shipped to your wine rack at home.
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