Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sweet baby dinner
It appears Bonnie Mortimer has come up with dinner and desert in one setting.
The Mount Pleasant, Pa., woman accomplished that with her spaghetti and meatball cupcakes, which bowled over the food judges today at the Washington County Agricultural Fair.
The taste-testers in "Little Washington," Pa., gave her the best-of-show blue ribbon for her unusual concoction. Actually, she rocked and rolled them by also winning first place with her chocolate cake with peanut butter icing and third place for her blueberry muffins.
And those judges were two prestigious chefs/instructors at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. There were not only judging the food for taste, but presentation.
"Those people are just so kind," she said. "They are tough judges and I've learned a lot of things down there."
Mortimer said she probably got the idea to make the entirely-sweet cupcakes while she was on the job as a state employee, after making several years ago a similar, but larger spaghetti cake. She made the meatballs with fudge, and them drenched them with a strawberry jam, which is sort of the color of tomato sauce.
That's what you call being creative in the kitchen.
Bonnie Mortimer of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., with one of two blue ribbons she won for her baking at the Washington County Agricultural Fair. (Beveridge/Observer-Reporter)