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First Annual Parshallville Soup Cook-off a Success

By webmaster - Posted on Jun 1, 2011

Contestants pose during PCA's First Annual Super Soup Cook-Off

By Laurie Mentley

Parshallville is home to some adventurous and apparently competitive cooks who brought their A-game to the Parshallville Community Association's First Annual Super Soup Cook-Off, which was held on March 19th at Larry and Diane Detter's house.

Voted the best soup of the night was Karen and Chuck Hatcher's Creamy Potato with Asparagus Soup. Second place went to Laurie Mentley's Bill Knapp's Michigan Bean Soup. Third place went to Eleanor and Bob Conaway's Black Bean Soup.

Rounding out the delicious soup entries were Diane and Larry Detter's African Chicken- Peanut, Jeff Mentley's Chinese Hot Ginger, Emma and Harvey Winegarner's Chicken Chili, Linda and Richard Harwood's Golden Squash, and Amy March's Chicken Noodle.

Everybody filled bowl after bowl of soup to taste each entry and then voted on their favorites. Bread and crackers, plus cookies, pie and coffee were offered as well. Afterward, everyone lingered to chat or play games, where the competitive spirit continued with Wii bowling and skiing.

Best Soup Winner Announced

Congratulations Karen Hatcher! Karen's winning soup recipe was Creamy Potato with Asparagus Soup.

In Dutch oven, start with about two inches of water. Add to that two cups of cubed potatoes and one medium diced onion. Let simmer until almost tender. Add noodles and reduce to low. When noodles are almost done, add one stick of oleo or butter and one pound of diced Velveeta cheese. Let cook on low, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted. Add four coups of whole milk.

Wash and cup up asparagus and microwave on high for two minutes until tender/crisp and add to soup mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Let cook on low until thickened, stirring often. Options: You can substitute broccoli and cauliflower for the asparagus. You can also add diced chicken.

Fun Fact

The village of Parshallville lies within both Tyrone and Hartland Townships.