GREENSBURG – The Extension Homemakers hosted their annual cook-off Wednesday at the Decatur County Fair.
The Tasty Tomato Cook-Off featured classes for salads, main dishes, and desserts. Each entry must contain at least one cup of tomato product and serve at least four people, using either red or green tomatoes. Entries were judged on appearance, ease of preparation, taste, recipe card, use of one cup of tomato and enough food for four servings.
There were two entries in the salad class, two entries in the main dish class, and five entries in the dessert class. Last year, the cook-off food was apples, which must have been easier because there were over 40 entries last year. Ribbons were awarded for first, second and third in each class, with an additional overall Grand Champion. The Grand Champion won a ribbon and a basket of vegetables from Harper Valley Farms.
Recipe cards were on display for anyone interested and there were tomato trivia games to keep viewers occupied during the judging as they waited for their chance to taste the delicious tomato concoctions.
Judges Pam Thomas and Kathy Verseman tasted each entry and took the time to award the scores that each dish deserved. Many spectators found the dishes to be creative and unique, with very appetizing appearances and scents.
Eileen Fisse won first place in the salad class with a tomato, green pepper and onion salad, while Rose Wolter won second place with chicken salad served in halved tomatoes.
Eileen Fisse also took home first place in the main dish category with a tomato, cheese and bacon pie that seemed to be a favorite of everyone who tasted it. Rose Wolter took home second place with a delicious tomato, cheese and meat dish with green onion garnishes.
Rose Wolter was awarded first place and declared Grand Champion of the cook-off with her green tomato pie, which was both delicious and attractive, according to the judges. Alice Woodhull took second place with her tomato cake and Marilyn Powers took third with a tomato pie.
Extension Homemaker Cindy Stevens said the cook-off is open to everyone. “You don’t have to be a member of the Homemakers, in 4-H, or in any club,” she stated. “These contests are open to all Decatur County residents. Just contact the Extension Office for more information or to join a club.”
Announcements about next year’s cook-off and the food of choice have not been made yet, so anyone interested is invited to contact the Extension Office at a later date for more information.
Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004