Tuscaloosa County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Tuscaloosa County students Jackson Smith and Mason Ward sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. Smith attends Hillcrest High School, while Ward is a student at Brookwood High School. They were sponsored by the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, Smith and Ward.
Anders Competes In Annual Heritage Cooking Contest
Donna Anders of Tuscaloosa County entered her recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon and Shrimp Bites in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Brown Sugar Bacon and Shrimp Bites
12 slices pork bacon, cut in half lengthwise
¾ cup Domino light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground black pepper
¾ tsp. salt
Mix brown sugar, pepper, and salt in a rectangular glass bowl with a wire whisk. Turn bacon to coat
both sides; set coated slices aside on large cookie sheet.
12 large (US wild caught) shrimp, uncooked, peeled, de-veined, tail removed & cut in half
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. paprika
Directions: Mix olive oil, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and paprika in a rectangular glass bowl with a wire whisk. Turn shrimp to coat. Let marinate in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil; place a greased cooling rack on the baking pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
While oven is heating, put a half-shrimp and a half-bacon slice and roll up; secure each bite with a wooden toothpick. Place each bite on the rack with space between.
Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove with tongs and place on serving platter. A perfect bite-size appetizer for your next family get-together!
Burroughs Brings Home Prize In Annual Quilting Contest
Mary Burroughs of Tuscaloosa County received second place in the baby quilt contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. She won $100, courtesy of the Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division.