Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blue Ribbon Winner

Thursday night, Kenna competed in her first 4-H cooking competition. The kids were required to put together a place setting and cook their favorite food that a judge would be tasting. McKenna made our family favorite, Mexi-tot casserole. She made it all by herself. We picked a western theme place setting since it sort of went with the ethnicity of the casserole. They had a blast. She had several friends there that were also competing. She was up against 16 other contestants. Kenna won a blue ribbon and got 98 out of 100 points. She was only marked down for a lack of eye contact with the judge while she was being questioned. It was a great experience and now she is really loving 4-H.

McKenna's place setting
Talking to the judge.
Aspen setting up for the competition.
Megan's place setting, chocolate torte.
The Hooper Aces.

Mexi-Tot Casserole

1 lb ground beef
1 large can of enchilada sauce
1 small can diced green chilies
4 tsp taco seasoning
1 can black beans
frozen tater tots
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease casserole dish with cooking spray. Line bottom of dish with frozen tater tots. Brown beef in large skillet. Drain grease. Add enchilada sauce, drained beans, taco seasoning, and green chilies. Cook on medium heat till bubbly. Pour over tater tots and top with shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 25-30 min.


Shea said...

The recipe sounds yummy! Congrats for winning the blue ribbon! I love the place setting..very creative!

How it all began... said...

Tell Kenna Congrats on her blue ribbon! We saw her picture at Dr. Coleman's today- she looked so young.

Brianna E. said...

Go 4-H! My daughter shows pigs in the Utah St. Livestock show through 4-H, so I'm a fan. How fun that yours wants to be a pastry chef (I love pastries, especially cupcakes- they're like little pieces of bliss that you DON'T have to share). Anyways, good to hear from you again!

Ry and Xaine said...

That is so cool. I love Cooking... Totally going to have to give this one a shot. Thanks for sharing.. :)