HOLTVILLE — Jean Rubin of Holtville, a frequent cooking contest entrant, walked off with first and third prizes Wednesday afternoon in the Carrot Festival cooking contest for seniors and snowbirds.
"Curried Date Carrot Soup" took the top prize. The unlikely combination of dates and carrots appealed to Rubin who, along with her husband, Robert, grows and sells hundreds of pounds of dates each year. The recipe came from a friend. Many who know Rubin clip carrot recipes for her throughout the year.
The pureed soup had a bit of a kick with ginger root, celery, onions, garlic and cumin and curry powder in addition to chicken broth, carrots and dates.
Her entries were attractively displayed with colorful flowers from the Rubin garden.
Theresa Fischer of Twin Falls, Idaho, took second place with "Fruity Carrot Salad." The refreshing orange Jello salad recipe calls for crushed pineapple, buttermilk, whipped topping, pecans and two cups of carrots.