The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County drew 22 winners’ names on Sunday at noon at the annual Coolest Fourth celebration. Many of the Big Bend Area establishments offered generous gift certificates and we hope you will support these businesses. Below are the businesses and the corresponding winners selected.
Aubrey Lynn Boutique • Ana Chandler
Big Bend Coffee Roasters • Estefana Granado
Brown Dog Nursery • Terry Holder
Cochineal • Fonda Ghiardi
Davis Mountain Nut Company • Mary Fenton
Cueva de Leon • Cindy Crawford
El Patio • Debbie Billing
Fort Davis Drug Store • Lisa Gandy
Hebert’s Caboose • Edward Dutchover
High Desert Yoga • Cyndee Barnes
Jett’s Grill • Dave Taylor
Lupita’s • Elaine Harmon
Maiya’s • Garrick Stephens
Mando’s • Lulu Lopez
Mary Lou’s • Betsy Burns
Maria Grubb Blankets • Judy
Plaine • Missy Cantrell
Poco Mexico • Richard Masterson
Porters • Richard Reinberg
Porters • Lupe Rubio
Reata • Kathie Woods
Stone Village Market • Carolyn Bullard.
Once again, we had some amazing entries at our Food Pantry’s Annual Pie Contest. The contest coincides with Fort Davis’ Coolest Fourth Celebration over the Fourth of July weekend. Below are the winners chosen.
Pam Breithaupt won First Place with her amazing, most original, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie. The special touch of chocolate may have made this the winner! Toni Case came in Second Place with the most attractive “American Glory,” cherry/blueberry pie. Third Place went to Tammy Files for the more than traditional American Apple Pie. Honorable Mention was awarded to Edna Inglis who is still baking tasty Pumpkin pies at 93 years old! Pies were sold by the piece to support the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
A big “thank you” to all who baked and supported this year’s Pie Contest.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County hosted its second annual Steps Toward Health Community Event on May 16th at the Food Pantry in Fort Davis. Everyone had a chance to learn about improving eating habits, and about how to prevent or live with diabetes. They had their blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol tested for FREE at the health fair. Understanding that that two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese, learning about your numbers can help you start your path to healthfulness by having a base number, whether young or older. This knowledge can guide you in how to manage your health and the choices you should make in your diet and life style.
Bob Rice, Family Nurse Practitioner, spoke about preventing and living with diabetes and hypertension. He helped to explain about carbohydrates and your diet. Fun, tasty and healthy foods were served, and several ideas on easy ways to exercise were shared.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County Valentine Location ribbon cutting was a great success. Mayor Chuy Calderon, Board President, Karen Shew, and Distribution Coordinator, Maria Grub, all helped cut the ribbon – twice. There was a second cutting when Channel 9 News showed up for the event! Afterwards guests gathered in the new facility to enjoy Valentine cookie treats and coffee. The West Texas Food Bank in Odessa sent roses for the special occasion. The Beef Love 5K Run on Valentine’s Day in Valentine also donated over 40 packages of beef to the Valentine location.
Our wonderful volunteers were treated to a great luncheon prepared by the Board of Directors and staff on January 24th, right after distribution in Fort Davis. They were thanked for their many hours of help to the Pantry and given volunteer certificates. A short discussion of civil rights and confidentiality was held. Our Brenda Bell Volunteer of the Year 2014, Shawn Zimmerman, was announced as well as John and Melanie Pace, Couple Volunteers for 2014. We served a dessert of valentine cookies to remind everyone of the Grand Opening of the Choice Pantry on February 14th at 2:30 PM in Valentine, TX.
Over 120 people came for homemade soups, fresh breads and an array of desserts at the annual Food Pantry Harvest Bowl. This year there were 12 different soups from old favorite Lupe Rubio’s Five Star Chili to Catherine Fleming’s new Green Chili Corn Chowder, along with other annual favorites to choose from. The Border Blues played to the packed house while folks dined, bought raffle tickets, shopped for pottery and bid on fine art. There was even a little dancing going on among the always enthusiastic Food Pantry volunteers and board members.
The grand winner of the raffle was soup-maker and volunteer Roseland Klein, who won the $100 gift certificate from Porters/Thriftway. Perry Cozzen won a $25.00 certificate from Stone Village Market, Diane Trevino won a $25.00 certificate from Fort Davis Outfitters. Lynda George won a thanksgiving pie of her choice donated by Susan Penney. Everyone there was a winner with the best all-you-can-eat soup supper ever!
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County alleviates hunger and promotes healthy eating for residents in need. We do this by providing nutritious supplemental food, school lunch foods to families with school age children, and nutrition information. For more information about the Food Pantry, eligibility for services, and the “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program, call 432-426-3886 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vote is in! Everyone had a fabulous time on Saturday at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s Wheels/Heels for Meals charity bike ride and walk. The walkers enjoyed the perfect weather for walking and took the opportunity to walk the dogs featured by Grand Companions around the park. The riders enjoyed their rides from 5 miles to 88 miles. Those who road from the Food Pantry to Valentine and back were rewarded with special “88” tags. But it really did not matter how far anyone road, all agreed they will be back next year having had such a wonderful time. Even the volunteers have posted October 3, 2015 on their calendars. The Food Pantry raised over $23,800, representing about half the amount spent on foods which are distributed free to those families in need twice a month in Fort Davis and Valentine. To volunteer or donate, please call the Food Pantry at 432-426-3886 or check out the Wheels & Heels For Meals page for updates on this year’s event!
Wendy Burrow’s prize winning Peach Sour Cream Pie was a huge success and she was kind enough to share the recipe. Try it for yourself and see why it received the top honor. Don’t forget to join us for next year’s contest and see which recipe earns the first prize. Maybe it will be yours!
No-Fail Pie Dough
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6 ¼ ounces)
½ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (¾ stick), cut into ¼ -inch slices
¼ cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces
2 tablespoons vodka, cold
2 tablespoons cold water
1. Process ¾ cups flour, salt, and sugar together in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses.
2. Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 10 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour).
3. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade.
4. Add remaining ½ cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses.
5. Empty mixture into medium bowl.
6. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture.
7. With rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.
8. Flatten dough into 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
Peach Sour Cream Filling
¾ – 1 cup white sugar (Depending the sweetness of the peaches
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sliced peaches, in large chunks
1 unbaked pie crust
⅓ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup butter, softened
¼ cup oats
1. Preheat oven to 400. Have a sheet pan in the oven preheating ( this prevents soggy crust)
2. Whisk together the ¾ to 1 cup sugar, 2 T flour, ¼ salt. Mix in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and peaches. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
3. Put on preheated cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 12 minutes then lower temp to 350. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until filling is set.
4. Remove pie and raise oven back to 400 degrees
5. Mix ⅓ cup sugar, cinnamon, oats, and butter together until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Cool slightly and dig in.
Hope you enjoy it!