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4-H youth test their skills at annual competition

4-H Chili Cook Off

Ricardo Setka, Connor Johnson and Charlie Jeannot anxiously wait to see the judges decision on their Fire House Chili during Saturday's 4-H Chili Cook Off at Green Valley Middle School. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | January 13, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — Dozens of Solano County 4-H youth put their cooking skills, livestock skills, sewing skills and other miscellaneous skills to the test during their project skills day hosted by Westwind and Suisun Valley 4-H clubs.

4-H members, grades kindergarten through 12th, took part in either a chili cook-off or one of many categories in the skills competition.

Among the many unique skills projects were displays on how to tell if your bunny is pregnant, how to clean a shotgun, decorating cakepops and the best drink for post-workout recovery.

Several students, however, decided to test their skills in the kitchen cooking a wide variety of goods including chili, jams, appetizers and candy. Students participating in the livestock category used meat from animals they raised themselves to make appetizers, goat soup, lamb, among other dishes.

Madeleine Giron, a 4th-grader from the Wolfskill 4-H created her own recipe called Madeline’s Egg Frittata Surprise.

She spent weeks, she said, testing out the perfect recipe in the kitchen. She first dabbled with bacon and vegetables but didn’t like the taste or consistency. Eventually she landed on the perfect recipe: pork sausage crumbles with green onions, diced broccoli, cheddar cheese and, of course, eggs — lots of them.

As a young cooking fanatic, Giron said she was happy to participate in the skills competition for a second year.

“I’m really excited to be in this,” she said. “I think I did well.”

Giron also helped her sister Jennifer Giron and follow Wolfskill members Haley Scott and Skyler Bruce cook bison chili for the chili competition.

The team anxiously awaited the results as the competition came to a close. They were confident, however, because of a few special ingredients.

“Spices,” Jennifer Giron said. “It’s good because it has a little kick to it.”

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Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.
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