Winners announced in vegetable recipe contest

LEBANON – Winners of the 2013 vegetable recipe contest recently were announced.

Veteran contestant, Frances Dietz of York, repeated last year’s feat of winning the first place prize in two categories.

This year she won the first-place prizes in both the snap Bean/Lima Bean/Pea and Sweet Corn categories. She has won first-place prizes in four previous contests, including two first-places in 2007 and in 2012 and is the only person to win two first-place prizes in one year.

First-time finalist Sally Kocan of Gibsonia won the first-place prize in the Leafy Greens category and Marilyn Goldfarb of Boalsburg took the prize in the Broccoli/Cabbage/Cauliflower category. The Cook Off was held on Aug. 8 at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center in Lebanon. Daniel Naylor, eastern regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture presented certificates to the winners.

Dietz, won the first-place prize in the Snap Bean/Lima Bean/Pea category with her “Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry” which the judges described as a “great summer entree” with “nice colors” and a “pleasant flavor”.

It featured pod peas, carrots, peppers, onion and peanuts stir-fried with chicken. Her entry in the Sweet Corn category was “Corn and Black-Eyed Pea Salad” featuring corn, black-eyed peas, grape tomatoes, peppers, green onions and parsley with a enhanced bleu cheese dressing topped with feta cheese a combination great colors, textures and flavors according to the judges.

Kocan, a first time contestant, won the Leafy Greens category with her “Garden Fresh Beans and Greens.

The recipe calls for 6 cups of mixed greens which can include arugula, kale, mustard greens, spinach, collard greens and/or Swiss chard plus cannellini beans, tomatoes and Italian sausage. “Asian Style Stewed Cauliflower” prepared by Goldfarb won the first-place prize in the Broccoli/Cabbage/Cauliflower category. The judges called it “New and fresh!” with great flavors.

It features cauliflower cooked with onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, coriander seed, tumeric, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, parsley and peanuts in chicken and nam pla broth with sour cream.

Four finalists in each category completed for the top prizes. Judges choose the finalist recipes for the Cook-Off from 90 written recipe entries submitted by 43 cooks from across the state. Recipes were scored on the basis of five criteria: creativity, nutrition/healthfulness, ease of preparation, use of a category vegetable as major ingredient and overall appeal.

Recipe entries had to contain as a major ingredient at least one vegetable in the category. Recipes were required to be created or modified by the contestant or a member of the contestant’s family.

The other recipes prepared by the finalists at the cook-off are listed below. All the finalist recipes are available on the Vegetable Marketing and Research Program’s website at www.paveg or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Program at : PA Vegetable Mktg. and Res. Program, 815 Middle Road, Richfield, PA 17086.

The following finalists each received a $25 gift certificate to the farm market of their choice.

Snap beans/lima beans/peas

Pea and Potato Salad – Cindy Kerschner, Schnecksville.

Tom’s Better Beans – Tom Orlando, Altoona.

Ouinoa and Pea Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Dressing Kathy Engel.

Leafy greens

Strawberry Pecan Mixed Greens Salad – Mary Ellen Miller, Orwigsburg.

Leafy Greens and Beans Soup – B J Reed and Tom Sabo, Chambersburg.

Swiss Chard Saute -Becky Frey, Lebanon.

Sweet corn

Spicy Corn Salad – Marilyn Goldfarb, Boalsburg.

Corn Quinoa Salad – Vicky Sokoloff, Sokoloff.

Corn Gazpacho with Fiery Lime Coutons -Cindy Kerschner, Schnecksville.


Cabbage and Shrimp with Easy Thai Peanut Sauce – Kelly Paul, Harrisburg.

Seaslaw Salad Mary Ellen Miller, Orwigsburg

Red Cabbage, Red Quinoa Stew – B J Reed and Tom Sabo, Chambersburg.

The judges for the contest were:

Robert Corle, Jr., culinary arts instructor at Lebanon County Career and Technology Center; Susan Gleiter, food writer for the Patriot News in Harrisburg; Robert McMullin, professor of hotel restaurant and tourism management at East Stroudsburg University; and Libby Mills, registered dietitian, lifestyle coach, author and speaker.

The Vegetable Recipe Contest is sponsored annually by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, a marketing order for vegetable growers under the state Department of Agriculture.

Growers pay annual assessments to the Program to promote Pennsylvania-grown vegetables and to fund practical vegetable production research at Penn State and other universities.

The Vegetable Recipe Contest is designed to generate creative new recipes for consumers to use to enjoy fresh, local Pennsylvania vegetables.

The finalist recipes for the previous years’ contests are also posted on the program’s website at