2011-12-08 / Community News

Bluebonnet Member Wins Recipe Contest Grand Prize

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative member Linda Morten of Somerville was named the grand prize winner of Texas Co-op Power’s 2011 Holiday Recipe Contest sponsored by the Texas Pecan Board.

Morten earned $2,000 for her winning recipe, Pecan-Cranberry Bread Pudding with Lemon Hard Sauce.

Morten and her husband, Michael, live near Lake Somerville. She is no stranger to recipe contest victories. In 2005, Morten won the National Beef Cook-Off and $50,000. She has three grown daughters and works for the Brenham State School.

This year, $1,000 prizes were awarded to the winners of two categories, Savory and Sweet, and two $500 prizes were awarded to runners-up in each category. Each recipe was required to include Texas pecans as a featured ingredient.

Bryan resident Luke Canatella was named the Sweet Category winner for his recipe for Breakfast Cookies. The Savory Category winner was Bandera Electric Cooperative member Sativa Rasmussen-Sanders of Pipe Creek for her recipe for Twisted Texas Chicken Diablos.

J-A-C Electric Cooperative member G.W. Quick of Jacksboro was the Savory Category runnerup with his recipe for Texas-Style Savory Deviled Eggs. Rusk County Electric Cooperative member Jean Bunyard of Carthage was runner- up in the Sweet Category for her Fig Pecan Pie recipe.

Winning recipes were printed in the December issue of Texas Coop Power magazine, which circulates to 1.2 million members of electric cooperatives in Texas. The recipes are also available at TexasCoopPower.com.

Texas Co-op Power Food Editor Kevin Hargis sifted through hundreds of entries that poured in via mail, fax and through the magazine’s website, TexasCoopPower.com, in a months- long evaluation and testing process.

“It was a difficult decision picking from among the many strong entries this year,” Hargis said. “I think the overall quality of the entries in both categories showcase the versatility and quality of Texas-grown pecans.”

The Texas Pecan Board (www.texaspecans.org) represents the interests of the state’s pecan growers, who produce, on average, 60 million pounds of the nuts every year. Pecans, which contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, no cholesterol and no sodium, are rich in fiber and unsaturated fats.

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