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Diet going out window at tasting party
October 22, 2013 - Jim Smith
With apologies to the heart surgeon and cardiologist who gave me a new lease on life Aug. 30, this is the week the 1,800 calories-a-day, 150-carb diet will undoubtedly go out the window.
Wednesday is the annual News and Sentinel Cookbook tasting contest where the top entries will be prepared and judged, with a grand champion cook being named and a winner in each of the categories will be selected.
What that means to me is sampling a lot of food that I normally would not eat ... including desserts, which normally I don't touch with a 10-foot poll.
It's the one time of the year when my diet takes a back seat to all the goodies the top cooks bring in for judging ... a job I'm glad I don't have to try.
Me? I'm just the guy in the kitchen helping to make sure all the judges have clean plates, flatware and glasses, which means washing a couple hundred plates, etc. during the three- or four-hour event.
This year there are seven categories, in the cookoff: Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Breads, Main Dishes, Holiday Cookies and Desserts.
The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card from Foodland, and the category winners will received a cash prize.
The 59th annual cookbook containing all the 395 recipes submitted by 53 cooks will be published in The News and Sentinel, Marietta A.M. edition on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which gives readers a chance to try one of the award winners for their Thanksgiving feast.