With the regional cook-off only a few weeks away, Madison 4-H'ers gathered their groceries and fired up their ovens to prepare 22 recipes for competition in the parish contest held February 16. First place winners qualify to compete in the regional contest March 6 at the Rayville Civic Center.
The purpose of the contest is for youth to have fun selecting and preparing recipes for their families while applying reading, math and science skills in everyday life. Since each contest division features an agricultural commodity, contestants gain greater awareness of where food comes from while also learning more about safe food storage and handling and portion sizes.
The local and regional events emphasize Louisiana commodities including sweet potatoes, beef, chicken, eggs, rice and pecans. 4-H members strive to prepare a dish that is creative, tastes good, looks appealing, and meets contest requirements for food quantity for each division.
“Our local contest is designed to promote family involvement while ensuring that food and grocery dollars are well utilized,” said Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter Extension 4-H Agent. According to Osborne, contestants prepare their recipes the evening before the contest and share the results with their families, reserving one serving to enter in the contest. All entries are refrigerated overnight, packed on ice in an insulated ice chest or carryall, and taken to school the morning of the contest. Entries are picked up at the school and brought to the Extension office for judging.
Each entry was exceptional and contestants were congratulated on their culinary skills. The 2012 Madison Parish 4-H Cooks! Winners and recipe titles are as follows:
1st Place – Morgan McCormick – Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
2nd Place – Matt Till – Drunk Chicken
3rd Place – Kaytlyn Mathews – Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
Blue Ribbon Winners:
Taylor Brown – Chicken Cream and Mushrooms
Adi Miller – Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake
Carmen Brown – Chicken and Mushroom Soup
1st Place – Elizabeth McBroom – Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Ground Beef Division:
1st Place – Morgan McCormick – Black-eyed Pea Cornbread with Salsa
1st Place – Aidan Collins – Cream Cheese Danish
2nd Place – Emmy Lou Marsh – EZ Lemon-Pecan Pie
3rd Place – Clint Hargrave – Pecan Pie
Blue Ribbon Winners
Luke Busby – Four-Layer Delight
Karvan Powell, Jr. – Sweet Potato Bars
Claire Watson – Yummy Pecans
Marsh Wood – Pecan Pie
Garrett Parris – Pecan Pie
Rice Any Other Division:
1st Place – Hannah Till – Rice Consommé
2nd Place – Morgan McCormick – Rice Consommé
3rd Place – Ericka Cherene – Rice Consommé
Rice Main Dish Division:
1st Place – Adi Miller – Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake
Sweet Potato Division:
1st Place – Karvan Powell, Jr. – Sweet Potato Bars
2nd Place – Hagar Fortenberry – Sweet Potato Casserole
First, second and third place winners were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, and all entries received ribbons, certificates and Cloverbucks for their participation. Cloverbucks are redeemable as cash toward registration fees for 4-H camps and conferences, or traded for 4-H prizes ordered through the Madison 4-H office.
Special thanks to contest judges Dr. Patricia Candler, Madison-Tallulah Educational Center; Sarah Henderson, CASA Advocate Supervisor; and Mary Isaac, Madison Parish Library.
For more information on 4-H meetings, contests and special events, contact the LSU AgCenter’s Madison Parish Office at 318-574-2465 or visit our website.