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Can You Bake Better than a 5th Grader?

Updated: 07/22/2013 @ 9:46am

Bacon wrapped smokies.  Bacon cheeseburger soup.  Slow-cooked pulled pork.  Smoked beef brisket.  Individual fruit pizzas. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.

All of these dishes and more were entered in the all new Dish This! competition at the 2013 Franklin County Fair in Hampton, Iowa. 4-H members could enter one dish in each of these five categories:  Appetizer / Snack, Salad / Side Dish, Main Dish / Bread / Desserts.  

Entries were scored on presentation, taste, and use of Iowa-grown food products.  When selecting their recipes, participating 4-H members really had to think about which of the ingredients were made in Iowa.  For example, Iowa-made Cookie’s Barbecue Sauce was used to top some of the pork and beef dishes.  Blue Bunny® ice cream was featured in several desserts.  An award-winning taco salad used every ingredient fresh from the backyard garden.

4-H’ers were also asked how they could promote Iowa-grown products. Social media is a great tool for sharing recipes and educating others about where their food comes from. (#agvocate!) You can also promote homegrown or local foods whenever you have company or take a dish to a church gathering or community potluck.

Because soybeans are such an important part of our business, we like to promote the use of soyfoods like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with tofu.  Our daughter won a purple ribbon with them at the county fair. These cookies are moist, delicious, and "oh soy” delicious!  Bake and batch and see if you agree.

“Soy Good” Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2½ cups oatmeal
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¼ cup soy flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ lb. soft tofu, drained
  • 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Sift together oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine: butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. In a food processor or blender, process tofu until smooth. Stir into sugar mixture.
  3. Stir in flour mixture 1 cup at a time until combined. Stir in chocolate chip mixture.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake in a 375 degree F. oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden around edges.

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