Standouts add savory to sweet
As I sit surrounded by entry packets from the 2014 Palisade Peach Recipe Contest, I find myself reflecting on how the contest has changed in recent years.
The contest has evolved so that it now accepts delicious entries made from published recipe sources as well as original recipes.
Those published recipes can’t be printed without permission, but we can give the source or, when possible, the website where the recipe can be found. The high tech world and food trends have definitely affected the contest.
The Sweet and Savory Category, which was added last year, is gaining in popularity with creative and delicious salads, meat dishes and appetizers.
Home Canning Category was more popular this year as well, with jams containing basil, vanilla beans, maraschino cherries, blueberries, ginger and just plain delicious Palisade peach jams, barbecue sauces and relishes.
This category’s first place winner for 2014, college senior Anna Fasken, used the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam Maker she won last year and its recipe for Peach Jam, adding her own touch by using local white peaches.
Peg Chandler’s jam took the 2014 Grand Prize, and she received a new Ball FreshTECH canner.
The canner created interest and comments among contestants and visitors to the contest. There’s a niche for fans of the new or the standard canning methods.
One family decided they would all chip in to purchase a Ball FreshTECH as a Christmas present for Grandma, who still wants to can and enjoy the goodness of preserving produce but needs an easier way to do it and in smaller amounts.
The growing numbers of younger generations of locavores liked the ease/convenience of Ball’s new tools and appliances to savor the flavor and goodness of local foods while conserving energy, water, time and effort.
Other winning recipes, such as Peach Ginger Torte, Peach Dumplings and Peaches and Cream Cups, along with the many appealing entries in the Dessert Category offered the 2014 judges a truly tasteful experience as evidenced by the looks on their faces.
The Pie, Tarts and Cobbler Category was down in entries, but those entries were super delicious with Julie Coleman’s Bronco Fan Peach Blueberry Pie taking top honors. Judges were amazed at how the combination of blueberries and peaches worked so well together.
Peg Chandler took Grand Prize with Dad’s Favorite Peach Maraschino Cherry Jam.
Her source was the Ball Blue Book instructions for making peach jam at this altitude. Chandler added 1/3 cup finely chopped, rinsed and drained maraschino cherries to the jam.
CSU Extension agent and contest head judge gave her approval to the addition.