September 11, 2017
From left, Harriet Jones of Chambers County received $150 for winning the 42nd annual Heritage Cooking Contest Sept. 7 with her original recipe cheeseball; St. Clair County’s Emily Taylor received $100 for second place with a pimento cheese and bacon cheeseball; and Jefferson County’s Polly McClure placed third and received $50 for her bruschetta cheeseball.
Just in time for football tailgates and the holidays, ladies from 28 counties whipped up “udderly” delightful cheeseballs during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 42nd annual Heritage Cooking Contest in Montgomery Sept. 7.
Harriet Jones of Chambers County won the contest and $150 for her original recipe cheeseball. St. Clair County’s Emily Taylor received $100 for second place with a pimento cheese and bacon cheeseball, while Jefferson County’s Polly McClure placed third and received $50 for her bruschetta cheeseball.
Before her county’s preliminary cooking contest, Jones said she didn’t have a favorite cheeseball recipe. She scoured cookbooks for inspiration, and three trials later, Jones had an award-winning recipe featuring cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese.
“I grew up with homemade butter and milk where the cream rose to the top,” said Jones, whose father kept a milk cow during her childhood. “Even though I hadn’t made many cheeseballs before the contest, I plan on making more now!”
Federation Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey said this year’s recipes will help cooks prepare for fall family events and holiday gatherings.
“It’s a great way for our contestants to spotlight the dairy industry,” Ramsey said. “The ladies stirred up variations on cheeseballs representing different commodities around the state.”
Around 120 attendees snacked on the cheeseballs after laughing and learning with Karen Ingram, who owns SweetCreek Farm Market in Pike Road with husband Reed.
Visit tinyurl.com/HeritageCooking17 to access recipes. View more photos on the Federation’s Facebook page.