By Wendy Nugent
Buyer’s Edge and HarveyCountyNOW.com
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.
These are some of the phrases from songs that bring up memories associated with the holidays. Holiday memories can include the cozy chill on your nose acquired while making a snowman as flakes fall softly to the ground and special food cooked by Grandma you only get to eat during special occasions.
Recipes for that food and any other dishes can be entered in the Harvey County Holiday Cookbook and Contest put on this year by the Buyer’s Edge newspaper and Kansas Publishing Ventures LLC. Prizes will be awarded, and there is no cost to enter. Recipes will be printed in a special Buyer’s Edge tab insert in November, just in time for the holidays.
There are four categories in which anyone can enter recipes: appetizers and snacks, main dishes, side dishes and sweets.
Each person can enter one recipe per category. Entrants are asked to clearly print or type recipes and include complete, concise directions to the recipe. Please include baking times and exactly how hot to set the oven or stove. With the recipe, include which category it is being entered, your name, town and phone number. The phone number will not be published; we just need it in case there are questions.
With the recipe, feel free to enter historical information about it, like how Grandma used to cook it every year at Thanksgiving, etc.
The deadline for entering recipes in the contest is 5 p.m. Oct. 4. Once the Buyer’s Edge has the recipes, a panel of judges will narrow down the top two recipes in each category. From there, those eight contestants will be asked to cook their recipes and bring them to Mojo’s Coffee House in North Newton, which is where the cook-off will be.
Three area judges then will determine the winners that night. They will pick first-, second- and third-place overall awards. Winners will receive prizes, yet to be determined.
Anyone can enter the cookbook and contest, and all ages are encouraged to participate.
Winners will be announced in the cookbook when it comes out in November and not before then.
Recipes may be mailed to Kansas Publishing Ventures, c/o Wendy Nugent, 116 S. Main St., Hillsboro, KS 67063 or Super Collider Computers, c/o Wendy Nugent, 2517 N. Main St., North Newton KS 67117; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information, call Wendy Nugent at 316-284-0408. Any businesses interested in purchasing an ad in the cookbook can call Bruce Behymer at 316-617-1095 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or can contact Nugent at the above number or emailing her at email@example.com.
Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn
Yield: 10 cups
10 cups popped popcorn
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 packed brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, undiluted
1 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place popcorn, cranberries and almonds in a large bowl; set aside.
In a medium saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and orange juice concentrate over medium heat until butter is melted. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in extract and baking soda (mixture will foam).
Pour syrup mixture over popcorn mixture in bowl; stir to coat well. Spread evenly in a large, rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan, lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake 30 minutes, stirring twice during baking time. Stir caramel corn as it cools on baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.
— Recipe and photo courtesy of The Popcorn Board, based in Chicago