LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Eighteen members of the Livingston County 4-H Program took part in the annual Produced in New York (PINY) Food Demonstration event earlier this month.
PINY is a silent cooking demonstration where kids are evaluated on their organization, techniques, and manual skills, as well as their appearance and poise.
4-H congratulates this year’s participants: Audrey DeWit, Rian DeWit, Devon Flick, Lindsay Flick, Emma Gibson, Lauren Hanglow, Thomas Herberger, Aydan Low, August Schleede, Emmalynn Schleede, Lynn Schleede, Quinten Schleede, Xavier Schleede, Onnolee Shutt, Reid Shutt, Kristina Webster, Cole Werner, and Teagan Werner. Also, they give a special note of congratulations to Kristina Webster for being selected to represent Livingston County at the 2016 New York State Fair.
Kids as young as five years old demonstrated their culinary abilities by preparing a recipe using apples, berries, and dairy products, all which are grown or produced in New York State. Their recipes includes peanut butter apple cookies, apple crisp, and blueberry muffins and bread were among the recipes selected this year.
In addition to the development of cooking skills, participating kids are encouraged to develop an appreciation and understanding of agriculture in New York State. Participants are also asked to analyze the nutritional quality of the recipe and propose a nutritionally balanced menu plan, which includes the featured recipe.
Evaluating this year’s event were six Cornell Cooperative Extension volunteers: Pat Auinger, Peggy Auinger, Cathy Clark, Jessica DeMarte, Becky Minnich, and Bonnie Turner.
For more information about PINY or the Livingston County 4-H Program, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 585-991-5420 or 585-335-1752.