HOLTVILLE — Local residents and snowbirds gathered Thursday night at the Civic Center here for the second-to-last night of the Carrot Festival cooking contests, featuring dishes prepared by microwave.
Today's Sweepstakes Cook-Off will be at 5 p.m. in the Holtville High School home economics' room. First- and second-place finishers of the previous cooking contests will compete for the sweepstakes trophy and cash prizes. Last year's winner was Danna Romo of Holtville.
Thursday night Karol Counce of El Centro, a home health aid and avid cook, walked off with first place for her "Carrot Fiesta Corn Torte." This standard recipe has been around for awhile and has been taken to many potlucks. Counce enhanced her recipe with extra cheese and three cups of carrots. She said she "sauced it up" by adding extra chiles.
Last year she placed second in the sweepstakes. This year she will fix her "Mandarin Orange Cake" for the judges in hopes of taking the sweepstakes prize. She has entered the cooking contests the last three days and concedes to being "exhausted."