Get cookin’ with the Taste of Texas cookbook



The cover of the 2020 Taste of Texas Food Show cookbook. The 2021 cookbook will be available at the Poteet Strawberry Festival office for $20. Proceeds from cookbook sales fund scholarships for Poteet ISD graduates. For three recipes featured in this year’s cookbook, see page 10B. DEBBIE WARD | PSFA

The cover of the 2020 Taste of Texas Food Show cookbook. The 2021 cookbook will be available at the Poteet Strawberry Festival office for $20. Proceeds from cookbook sales fund scholarships for Poteet ISD graduates. For three recipes featured in this year’s cookbook, see page 10B. DEBBIE WARD | PSFA

The 2021 Taste of Texas Food Show cookbook will soon be available for purchase. Recipes from three of the top winners of April’s Taste of Texas Food Show and auction are published in this issue of Pleasanton Express’ Farm & Ranch section, but these are just a taste of what you’ll get when you buy your own copy of the cookbook, which will include recipes from each category in all three age groups including juniors, pre-teens and teens.

Not only will you have a collection of delicious recipes made and entered into the show by local kids, ages 5-18, but your purchase will also add money to college scholarship funds that benefit

Poteet High School graduates. This will be a unique addition to any kitchen and can be a keepsake to pass down to younger generations. The third edition of the Taste of Texas Food Show cookbook will be for sale at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Office for only $20. The office is located at 9199 N. State Hwy. 16 or you can call 830-742-8144.

Pictured from left: Dr. Janet Arlitt, Raye Arlitt, Reserve Champ (preteen) Kenzie Rakowitz and Bill Arlitt. The Arlitts are representing Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders. Rakowitz’s entry, Mrs. Dowdy’s Chess Pie sold for $1,300 to buyers: Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Rusty and Lacy Fisher, Glazers Beer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Michele Higginbotham and Ed McClure (Edward Jones), Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club and Poteet VFW Post 6970. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | EXPRESS PHOTO

Pictured from left: Dr. Janet Arlitt, Raye Arlitt, Reserve Champ (preteen) Kenzie Rakowitz and Bill Arlitt. The Arlitts are representing Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders. Rakowitz’s entry, Mrs. Dowdy’s Chess Pie sold for $1,300 to buyers: Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Rusty and Lacy Fisher, Glazers Beer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Michele Higginbotham and Ed McClure (Edward Jones), Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club and Poteet VFW Post 6970. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | EXPRESS PHOTO

The cookbook also includes a letter describing the history of the food show. Below you can read the history included in last year’s cookbook. Note that some of the details of this year’s event were different from previous years’.

History of the Taste of Texas Food Show

Dear Cookbook Enthusiast, We are pleased to present our second Prize Winning Recipe Cookbook. This collection of recipes spans over more than two decades. Many of the contestants have actually grown up with us and used many recipes over and over with just a few modifications to their original recipe. Our contestants seem to know when they have discovered a really delicious recipe. As you thumb through the book, you will see who placed and the year they placed with each recipe.

When we began the food show around 1985, we had only a few entries. We have now grown into one of the most anticipated attractions on Sunday of the festival weekend with over 170 entries. Of those entries, about 50 are chosen to be auctioned. The money made during the auction is given back to qualified Poteet High School seniors as scholarships for college. This is a completely non-profit event, where all of the staff and helpers are volunteers. Most have been with us better than 10 years. Without them, we could not have a successful food show.

Shay Huggins (left) and Reserve Champ (teen) Lyndsay Holdcroft. Holdcroft’s Almond Cranberry Orange Wreath sold for $400 to buyers: Glazer’s Beer, Temper Services, H-E-B Pleasanton and Poteet Rotary Club. More Taste of Texas Food Show photos will be in next week’s edition of the Pleasanton Express. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | EXPRESS PHOTO

Shay Huggins (left) and Reserve Champ (teen) Lyndsay Holdcroft. Holdcroft’s Almond Cranberry Orange Wreath sold for $400 to buyers: Glazer’s Beer, Temper Services, H-E-B Pleasanton and Poteet Rotary Club. More Taste of Texas Food Show photos will be in next week’s edition of the Pleasanton Express. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | EXPRESS PHOTO

If you are interested in becoming a contestant in our show, all you have to do is to show up before 11 a.m. on Sunday morning of the festival with your food item and typed copy of your recipe. We have three age groups: Juniors, ages 6-13; Teens, ages 14- 18 and Adults, ages 19 and older. Your recipe does not have to contain strawberries. For a complete copy of the rules go to the Poteet Strawberry Festival website at: www.strawberryfestival.com or write to us at “Taste of Texas” Food Show, P.O. Box 227, Poteet, Texas, 78065 or call the Strawberry Festival office at 830-742-8144.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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