Do you smell that?
That’s the smell of a cooking contest in late October.
From 2010 to 2015, the staff at the Fillmore County Journal along with staff from Harmony Foods, Preston Foods, and Rushford Foods, coordinated an annual cooking contest. There were nine categories.
1.Appetizers & Beverages
2.Soups, Salads & Vegetables
3.Main Dishes & Casseroles
4.Meat, Poultry & Seafood
5.Breads & Rolls
6.Pies, Pastries & Desserts
7.Bars, Cakes, Cookies & Candy
8.Dips, Sauces & Spreads
The staff at the newspaper and the grocery stores took on the role of food judges. The winners received a combined payout of $630 in gift cards. First place received $40, second place was $20, and third place was $10.
Each year, there were anywhere from 50 to 95 recipes submitted for this competition. And, after the cooking contest concluded each year, the Fillmore County Journal would publish a cookbook titled Tasty Temptations that would be inserted in the newspaper prior to Thanksgiving Day.
All Tasty Temptations cookbooks from 2010 to 2018 are available online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com.
After taking a break from 2016 to 2018, the newspaper and grocery stores are ready to coordinate another cooking contest.
This time it will be hosted at the Preston Fall Expo and Craft Fair and Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Fillmore Central Schools in Preston, Minn. The cooking contest will start promptly at 11 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m.
The payout will remain the same per category, totaling $630 in gift cards to winners.
But, on top of the gift cards, this year there will be a special drawing for a KitchenAid 4.5 Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer, valued at $259. This drawing will be conducted at the end of the event, and all participants of the cooking contest on October 26 will be eligible to win.
For individuals wishing to compete in this cooking contest, the entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019. Look for the registration form in this week’s Fillmore County Journal or you can also submit your entries online at fillmorecountyjournal.com/tasty-temptations/.
And, for Journal readers who have a scheduling conflict and will not be able to compete in the cooking contest, they can still submit a recipe to be published in the 2019 Tasty Temptations cookbook.
Sharing great recipes makes the world a better place, right?