HOLTVILLE — Local elementary school teacher Shelly Osuna took first place in the Carrot Festival bread division with "Slice of Carrot Bread" on Wednesday during this city's annual cooking contest featuring carrot concoctions.
Osuna found the recipe after spending an hour searching on the Internet. Osuna said she didn't find too many carrot recipes posted. The tasty creation she did find calls for 19 ingredients and makes two loaves. She served it with a butter, cream cheese and vanilla spread.
Angela Marlow of Holtville placed second with "Delectable Carrot Muffins." Her grandmother Clara Gutierrez gave her the recipe. Marlow, a busy mother of three, enjoys trying new recipes and entering cooking contests. She has instilled the joy of competition in her three daughters, who are proficient cooks and frequent contest finalists.
Sylvia Golby of Cher Hill, Alberta, Canada, took third place with "Carrot Raisin Quick Bread." The original recipe was for scones and called for the use of sweet potatoes. As with many experienced cooks, Sylvia doesn't bat an eye as she switches and adds ingredients. She thought her bread would have done better if she had a better oven. The oven in her trailer is much too small, she said, adding she frequently "burns things."