Three students in Val Betz’ Foods II class at Central DeWitt Community High School swept the competition in the Iowa Egg Council’s 2017 "Incredibly Good Eggs" recipe contest in the student division.
Karlee Scheehan, who took second for her Spicy Breakfast Ring recipe, described the methods behind her success.
She started by doing a Google Image search to find dishes that looked good, then picked something that appealed to her personal tastes and kept the ingredient list fairly simple.
“Sometimes the simpler you do it, the more extravagant it tastes,” Scheehan said.
Thinking about all the different components and what tastes and textures go together well is important if you are attempting to create your own recipe, Scheehan said.
“I do a lot of cooking with my dad,” she said.
While she enjoys cooking, her real passion is baking cupcakes and decorative cakes. She plans to study business in college, so she can run her own bakery one day.
Betz said she was thrilled to have three contest winners in her program.
“They are deserving students. All of the students worked hard to design well-constructed and original egg contest dishes,” Betz said. “This continues a long-standing tradition of finalists from our school. I've been teaching here for 28 years, and we've had 25 finalists during that time.”
Matthew Adams received first place for his Baked Egg Boats recipe, and Aaron Vande Voort took third with his Heavenly Hash Cake.
In the adult division, Cheryl Rogers of Ankeny took first for her Monte Cristo Sandwich; Karla Downs of Delhi received second for her Buttery Pecan Cake; and Brooksie Miller of Maxwell took third with her Sweet Potato Pie recipe.
A panel of judges at Iowa State scored the finalists on taste, appearance, originality and use of eggs in their dish.