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Catholic Spirit gets the scoop on St. Joseph’s Day

March 19, 2012

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Judges Cheryl Peterson and Klondike Kate sample some of the fare. (Photos by Joe Towalski / The Catholic Spirit)

Where better to write about the results of The Catholic Spirit’s St. Joseph’s Day hotdish contest than at CatholicHotdish.com?

Contestants from the staff of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis competed March 19 in three categories: Hotdish, salads and desserts. Three winners were named in each category for best tasting entry, best appeal and best use of local fare.

Staffers enjoy the dishes after the judging.

The winners, by category, were:

Salads

Best taste: Grape salad, Joan Place, accounting services manager.

Best appeal: Pasta salad, Dale Hennen, Parish Services Team.

Best use of local fare: Minnesota Spring Salad, Cathy Cornell, Catholic Schools Office.

Hotdish

Best taste: Venison Tamale Pie, Lynette Forbes Cardey, Parish Services.

Best appeal: Italian Sausage Penne Paste, Mary Jo Jungwirth, administration and finance.

Best use of local fare: Wild Turkey Wild Rice Casserole, Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit

Desserts

Best taste: Chocolate Irish Creame Cake, Laurie Acker, Catholic Schools Office.

Best appeal: Fruit Torte, Rose Anne Hallgren, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Best use of local fare: Apple Crisp, Ana Ashby, Office for Social Justice.

Catholic Spirit staffers Caron Olhoft, left, and Mary Gibbs tally the scores.

A heaping plate of thanks goes to our judges: Peggy Sweeney Junkin, a member of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights better known as Klondike Kate of the 2012 St. Paul Winter Carnival; and Cheryl Peterson of the Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice.

Thanks also to Catholic Spirit staff members Mary Gibbs and Caron Olhoft who organized the day and tallied the scores.

Congratulations to all for the great food and great lunchtime conversation! Watch for a future post for the recipes.

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