Cook-Off names semi-finalists

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — Sidney Daily News preliminary judges have named 24 area cooks as semi-finalists in the cook-off for its 33rd annual Harvest Holiday Cookbook recipe contest.

They will take their prepared dishes to the Crossroads in Hardin, Sept. 30, to be judged by professional chefs and guest judges who will select a finalist in each of six categories. From those finalists, the judges will name a winner of the Clancy’s $300 grand prize.

Teresann McIntire, of Covington, part-time chef and manager of Buffalo Jack’s in Covington; Gary Strasser, of Anna, manager of Clancy’s in Sidney; and Mojalefa Jacob Moremi, of Sidney, culinary director of LanePark in Sidney, will sample dishes prepared by the home cooks and judge them on preparation methods and presentation.

Guest judges from prize-sponsoring businesses will vote with McIntire, Strasser and Moremi to choose category winners, who will each win $50.

Vying for the Ohio Living Dorothy Love Desserts category prize will be Nancy Morgan, of Sidney, with German Black Forest Cake; Kelly Schmitmeyer, of Anna, with Peaches and Cream Dessert; Debra Van Dyne, of Sidney, with Cappuccino Ice Cream Pie; and Lucille Weatherhead, of Casstown, with Chocolate Fudge Upside Down Cake.

The Flint’s TV and Appliance Main Dishes category prize will go to either Sherry Ward, of Sidney, for Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze; Jacque McBride, of Sidney, for German Rouladen Rolls; Marilyn Winner, of Fort Loramie, for Firecracker Casserole; or Francis Carmichael, of Troy, for Cincinnati Chili.

Darla Jones, of Sidney, with Sweet Potato Banana Bake; Mary Lou Veit, of Sidney, with Rainbow Confetti Salad with Tahini Turmeric Dressing; Jamie Julian, of Piqua, with Acorn Squash Casserole; and Pat Woolley, of Jackson Center, with Roasted Vegetable Primavera will compete for the Window Guy and Co. Versatile Veggies category championship.

Clancy’s will sponsor the Party Pleasers category prize. It will go to Margie Bruns, of Anna, for Sausage Jalapeno Wanton Cups; Deb Moorman, of Sidney, for Peanut Butter S’mores Bars; Nancy Bambauer, of New Knoxville, for Harvest Popcorn Snack Mix; or Lily Zimmerman, of Troy, for Kid-Approved Muffin Pizza.

Larry Wuebker, of Fort Loramie, with Dynamite Deer Chili; Beverly Patzman, of Hebron, Kentucky, with Deer Loaf; Cole Patzman, of Hebron, Kentucky, with Sweet and Sour Alligator; and Doug Stangel, of Sidney, with Fish will vie for the Sidney and Troy CarStar Fish and Game category prize.

Contestants in the race for the Wilson Health Fruits and Nuts category prize are Nicole Schaffer, of Celina, with Frozen Orange Pecan Salad; Roger Fulk, of Sidney, with Caramel Apple Crisp Bites; Margie Wuebker, of Fort Loramie, with Raspberry Pizza; and Cheryl Van Fossen, of Sidney, with Bacon and Apple Pancakes.

Cooks from Sidney, New Knoxville, Fort Loramie, Tipp City, Troy, Celina, New Bremen, Jackson Center, Casstown, Anna, Piqua, St. Marys, Coldwater, Versailles and Orient, Ohio, and Hebron, Kentucky, submitted contest entries.

Several others sent noncompeting recipes to be included in the 2017 Sidney Daily News Harvest Holiday Cookbook, which will be available Nov. 18.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.