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11-year-old wins market recipe contest

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    Slices of pizza fill a plate at last year’s Pizza Palooza at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. This year’s event will be July 25-26.

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It was unanimous: Judges chose Apple Pie Yogurt In A Mug, created by 11-year-old Lily Parker of Wayne, Ohio, as the winner of the 2014 Farm Fresh Recipe Contest, which was presented by the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Bowling Green and sponsored by the Melt Shoppe and Heritage Corner Health Care Campus. The recipe was selected for its simplicity, versatility, and flavor.

Lily enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, says her mother, Penny Parker: “Sometimes her concoctions turn out weird. Sometimes fantastic.”

For its next contest, the Downtown Farmers’ Market is featuring leafy greens: cabbage, collards, kale, lettuce, spinach, and turnip greens. The entry deadline is Wednesday. For more information, go to​farmersmarket.

Here is Lily’s winning recipe:

Apple Pie Yogurt in a Mug

1 medium-sized apple

½ cup honey

½ tablespoon cinnamon

2½ graham crackers

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

Serving container (mug, wine glass, or dessert dish)

Chop and skin apple; chop into bite-sized pieces. Add honey and cinnamon. Heat in microwave or on the stove until the apple pieces are at desired tenderness. Separate apple chunks from excess juice. Crumble graham crackers and add juice to moisten. Start adding layers in serving container: graham crackers, apples, yogurt. Makes 2 servings.

Pizza Palooza

Who makes the best pizza in the area? Come find out if your favorite will win at Pizza Palooza on July 25 and 26. The contenders are Amie’s Pizza Factory–Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders, Charlie’s Pizza, J-Cups Pizza, Jet’s Pizza, Jo-Jo’s Pizzeria, Mama Mary’s, PizzaPapalis of Toledo, PizzAroma, and Vito’s Pizza.

Judges will sample the wares on July 25 and award a trophy at 8 p.m. that evening. The People’s Choice will be selected on July 26, with winners announced at 9 p.m.

Pizza Palooza will be at 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. It is sponsored by Kistler Ford, and presented by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. Proceeds will benefit education and beautification projects in Sylvania.

The event will run from 5 to 11:30 p.m. July 25 and 4 to 11:30 p.m. on July 26. Attendees can buy pizza from vendors for $1.50-$2 per slice. Advance tickets are available at Metamora State Bank and at the Sylvania Area Chamber office. There will also be live music and children's entertainment. For more information, go to​PizzaPalooza.aspx.

Findlay Greens

A new enterprise at the University of Findlay, Findlay Greens, is growing produce in a three-season hoop house-style greenhouse operated and managed by students with supervision by professor Michael Reed, PhD. Findlay Greens will raise beans, beets, bok choy, carrots, eggplant, jalapenos, lettuce, snap peas, spinach, and tomatoes. The project received startup funds from the Findlay Green Campus Initiative and from the Oiler Enterprises Foundation.

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Findlay Greens will sell excess produce on campus on a weekly basis as it is available. Garden space next to the greenhouse also is being used to grow produce this summer.

During the winter, the greenhouse can be used for cold storage of bounty from the fall.

For more information, call 419-434-4679 or email

Send your food-related news for Morsels to at least two weeks ahead of the event. Contact Mary Bilyeu at: or 419-724-6155.

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