Dixie column Aug. 19, 2009

It’s all about the Peach And Contestants Good Taste!

What a Saturday we all had in the valley and what a great Peach Recipe Contest we had!  I must admit, I was concerned as to the turnout because of VIP “visitors” to the valley.  But it was great with just a slight drop in numbers although the Home Canning category grew in numbers; due in part to the increasing interest in food preservation of the wonderful flavor of local foods such as peaches!  We were really happy with 85 entries.  I can tell you the judges certainly got their fill of peach delights by their comments and grins after judging; I heard as they slowly moved out of sight, – “keep me on next year’s list, as you make contest notes tonight.”  Those who attended the Sample Sales also left with satisfied looks on their faces (and maybe a little peach also).

Once again, Fred and I were so impressed with the Palisade 4-H parents and the 4-H youth, who know how to organize, work and clean up the sample sales. Remember, this came on the heels of the fair!  Thanks to many of you, who brought two batches of your recipes so they would have extra for sample sales.

Then to all our volunteers – space prohibits me from putting all your names down but we know who you are and we love you all!  It takes a lot of you to pull this off.  Get this!  They tell me they actually have fun and thought it was the best contest experience yet!  A big pat on the back for Fred and me because we know how to pick ‘em!  Also, a huge thank you to all our sponsors who come through to keep the contest alive and well, you all are the best!

A word to contestants – well, there wouldn’t be a contest without you!  LISTEN UP LADIES, we had a guy win Grand Prize in the Miscellaneous Refrigerated Category!  I would say the men have really arrived!  We had a sister team, contestants from Denver and all over the valley; a Palisade Living Center resident who used a crock-pot to make her prize winning peach butter recipe and the list goes on and on.  We thank you all for your participation and your good nature whether you win or not. To us, you’re all winners.

The Good news is you can share in their culinary delights!  The 2009 Peach Recipe Contest may be over, but the taste of the event continues with some of the winning recipes in this column and with a celebration of peaches and our winners. Many will share a taste of their dishes at the Downtown Farmer’s Market Thursday night as we carry on the celebration at the Daily Sentinel’s “Dixie and the Peach Winners” booth.  Winners not only will bring their prepared winning recipes to serve, they’ll have funny and touching stories associated with their success.

Before I end this column and move on to the recipes, I have a quick tomato, yes — I said tomato, comment regarding some extra fun at the Peach Contest.  Thanks for all your kind and sometimes, snide comments (depending on who’s side you were on), regarding the “Fred and Dixie Tomato War.”  The fun just keeps on with what I will reveal in a later column.  To make this fit with the peach theme, you do know there are peach salsas out there.  See you Thursday!


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