2015 Coolest Fourth Prize Drawings

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22 Winners Chosen at Coolest 4th Drawing

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.

Harvest Bowl Event Great Fun

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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 info@foodpantry-jdc.org.

l to r: Roseland & Janet, Isaac

Roseland&Janet  Isaac

l to r: happy soup choices, happy eaters

HappySoupChoice  HappyEaters

l to r: Betty joins Border Blues, Alpine connection

Betty&BorderBlues  AlpineConnection

2014 Wheels & Heels For Meals a Success!

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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!


2014 Coolest Fourth – First Place Pie Recipe

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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!

Peach Sour Cream Pie

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!

Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County Adds WALK to Wheels for Meals Event in October

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No Wheels? Use your Heels

Not a bicycle aficionado?  Don’t own a bicycle? The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is adding a charity walk, Heels for Meals, to its 6th annual charity bike ride, Wheels for Meals, taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Walkers will have the opportunity to walk 2, 4, 7 or 10 miles from the Food Pantry at 609 Compromise Street, taking the foot path through town, out to the county park and back, depending on the walker’s chosen distance goal. The walk was added, says Board President, Karen Shew, “to give people an opportunity to raise funds for the Food Pantry who may not ride a bicycle. Adding the walk also coincides with the Pantry’s new “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program that provides healthier food items to clients and emphasizes a healthier life style through exercise.”

Wheels for Meals started in 2009 as a way to raise crucial funds to purchase supplemental foods and school lunch foods for Jeff Davis County residents and build awareness about hunger and the Pantry’s work. Bicyclists also start at the Pantry and may ride 14, 28, 44 or 88 miles on scenic route Hwy 17, to Hwy 166, and proceeding to Valentine on 505 and Hwy 90. Wheels for Meals is a fully supported ride with two “pit stops” and lunch in Valentine. In 2013, the Pantry added the “Princess Tour” for less accomplished riders who are bussed to Bloys Camp and then ride downhill 17 miles to the Food Pantry.  All riders and walkers pay a registration fee and are required to raise $250.00 each, every dollar of which goes directly to support the Food Pantry’s services.

In the 2014 ride, the challenge is out to all riders to ride ALL THE WAY and become an official member of the “Crazy 88s”, and earn a special recognition. In the evening of the day of the ride, all riders, walkers, volunteers and official sponsors are invited to a celebratory cook-out where participants receive recognition for their accomplishments and gratitude from the Food Pantry’s board of directors.

To learn how to ride, walk, volunteer or become an official sponsor, see the Wheels & Heels for Meals page.

Wheels & Heels For Meals Poster

Wheels & Heels For Meals Poster


2014 Coolest Fourth Raffle Winners

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Companies from the tri-county area generously gave gift certificates to the annual Food Pantry raffle. Thirty-one lucky winners were announced Sunday, July 6th, at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County.

First prizes were two one hundred dollar gift certificates from Porter’s Thriftway which went to Jim Lynch and Lynda George.

Madge Lindsey won the $50 certificate from Stone Village Market.

Other prizes were from Big Bend Coffee won by Deb Billings; Brown Dog Garden won by Cindy Crawford; Cueva de Leon won by Fred Harmon; Davis Mountain Nut Company won by Noah Lynch; Dolce far Niente Texas won by Sally Stump; Fort Davis Drug Store won by Lulu Lopez; Herbert’s Caboose won by Missy Martin; Just Because won by Sherrill Easterling; El Patio won by Matthew Shetrone; two gift certificates from La Casita won by Garrick Stephens and Phillip Low; La Trattoria won by Juan Dominguez; Lupita’s won by Kathy Masterson; Maria Grub’s crocheted blankets went to Ruth Park and David Taylor; Mary Lou’s Café won by Frankie Estes; two Plaine certificates won by Clay Chisholm and Yolanda Belazi; Poco Mexico won by Mary Fenton; four Raspa certificates went to Maggie McCollum, Fonda Giardi, Toni Case and Cindy Meade; Reata won by Song McClesky; Robert Tyree’s leather bowl went to Jolanda Trussel; Star Date Café certificate went to Keisha Otoupal; Wok and Roll two certificates were won by Huey Rudy and Ezequiel Garcia and American Greetings went to N. Anderson.

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides supplemental food with an emphasis on wholesome choices. It relies on private donations and grant contributions to purchase food.  All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales support the Food Pantry and its Patrons.

2014 Coolest Fourth Pie Contest Winners!

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The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County had amazing entries for their pie contest held on Saturday morning, July 5. Wendy Burrow won first place with a peach sour cream pie.  Toni Case came in second with her cherry pie. Third place was shared by Mary Ann Jarrett with her pineapple coconut chess pie and Hannah Kirkpatrick’s savory entry, gluten free pizza pie. After the contest, individual pieces of the pies were sold as a fundraiser for the pantry.

Wendy Burrow

Wendy Burrow

Coolest Fourth 2013 – Winners

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Baking Contest Winners

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s Coolest Fourth Red, White and Blue Dessert Contest was a rousing success!

The contestants were very creative with their use of the patriotic theme and the judges were treated to a wide array of delectable treats.

Michael Guss (below, left) won the Red, White and Blue category by entering a Blueberry, Cherry layer cake with Cheesecake filling.

Martina Granado won both the Red category with her Cherry Cream Cheese pie and the Blue category with a Blueberry Cream Cheese pie.

Ryan McAnally (below, right) was the winner of the White category with his Lorna Doone Banana Pudding.

After the judging, the desserts were eagerly purchased by the festival patrons helping to raise funds for the Food Pantry which distributes nutritional, supplemental food twice a month to about 200 families and 100 children in Jeff Davis County. If you would like more information, send an email to info@foodpantry-jdc.org.

13CF_MGussBakingWinner1    13CF_RMcAnallyBakingWinner2

26 Raffle Winners at Coolest 4th Celebration

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is pleased to announce the winners of their annual raffle. Many generous tri-county restaurants and businesses donated prizes which were won by 26 lucky winners.   The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering nutritional, supplemental food to those in need and lunches for the school children. The Food Pantry relies solely on individual contributions.

Winners were:  Madge Lindsay and Dean Bergmann each won a $100.00 gift certificate from Porter’s Thriftway;   Doug Otoupal – $100.00 gift certificate from Jett’s Grill; Don Paape – $100.00 gift certificate from Stone Village Market;  Mary Fenton and Ann Creel each won 2 pounds of coffee from Big Bend Coffee Roasters;  Maria Roncarati – $25.00 gift certificate from Big Bend  Thrift Store in Alpine;  Nancy O’Brien – $40.00 gift certificate from Blue Mountain Bistro;  Melanie Pace – $20.00 gift certificate from Cow Dog;  Ana Chandler – $25.00 gift certificate from Cueva De Leon Restaurant;  Don Poindexter – $25.00 gift certificate from Davis Mountain Nut Company;  Dawn Lacy – $20.00 gift certificate from Dawn’s Mane Attraction;  Lulu Lopez – $25.00 gift certificate from Déjà vu Resale Shop in Alpine;  Jesusita Granado – $65.00 Antique Linen Apron from Dolce far Niente Texas;  Olga Hamilton – $25.00 gift certificate from Eric’s on Holland in Alpine;  Fred Harmon – Dinner for 2 up to $50.00 at Fort Davis Drug Store;  Frank Detriyhe – $50.00 gift certificate at Judy’s Bread and Breakfast in Alpine;  Jerry Pittman – $20.00 gift certificate at La Casita in Alpine;  Teresa Todd – $25.00 at Los Jalapenos in Alpine;  Carol Truax – $13.00 gift certificate at Lupita’s Place;  Joyce Slaughter – Pink crocheted throw from Maria Grubb of Valentine;  Susie Liddell – Blue crocheted throw from Maria Grubb of Valentine;  Catherine Fleming – Buffet for 2 at Mary Lou’s Restaurant;  Trine Granado – $25.00 at Plaine Coffee in Alpine;  Missy Martin – $25.00 Poco Mexico Café and Mac Sproul – $25.00 gift certificate at Reata in Alpine.