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4-H Food Challenge Team


By Lexsy Brown

Taking up a new hobby can be an exciting way to learn new skills or even find out something new that you love. A hobby I love, personally, is cooking. Cooking can be an art, or a way to can express your creativity. Of course, you don't need to be creative to be able to cook. Just practice, the right supplies, and a lot of patience. Cooking can be simple or complex, it all depends on what you want. Competitive cooking is one thing I love doing and there is a complex way of doing it. I am part of the 4-H Jr. food challenge team. Last year, our team placed first in the state at Rock Eagle and we will be returning to Rock Eagle to compete again this weekend to defend the first place title on September 17. I have always loved cooking since I can remember. It has always meant a lot to me and whether I do it for fun or competitively, I enjoy it both ways. There are so many things you can cook and so many ways to cook! You just must find a style you like and are good at. For instance, Italian food can be a super simple and easy genre of food to start with for beginners. It’s simple but delicious. One recipe I like to cook is spaghetti. Spaghetti is probably one of the simplest and well-known Italian recipes. It is one of those meals that everyone should know how to make. I am sharing my quick and easy recipe.

Spaghetti and Meatballs 1 ½ lb. ground beef ½ cup bread crumbs 2 eggs 1 jar spaghetti sauce 16 oz. cooked spaghetti Boil 4 quarts of water in a pasta pot. Add pasta, cook for 10 minutes, or until done to your liking. Combine ground beef, eggs, and bread crumbs together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. (add additional spices that you choose) Shape into 1 inch balls and add to a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until brown. Add your jar of sauce and cover the skillet with a lid. Allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta and enjoy!

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