2009-01-15 / Entertainment

Historical Society News

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the CCC program that hired Fulton County men to work at Cowans Gap and Oregon Camp in Wells Valley, the Fulton County Historical Society has reprinted the Spring Menu and Recipe Suggestions cookbook provided to these camps by the Kellogg cereal company.

This unusual and rare recipe book was put together in 1933 "for men who cook for men." Many of the recipes use cereal products, including adding cornflakes to meat loaf, rice krispies to stuffed peppers, baking all-bran muffins, mixing corn flakes into scrambled eggs, etc. During the Great Depression, this may have been a way to stretch other limited or more expensive ingredients.

The 40+ recipes are reprinted on 4-inch-by 5.5-inch card stock on loose-leaf cards held together with two book rings similar to the original. Although mostly of historic interest, the recipes could be adapted for smaller servings or used for groups today.

The story of Walter Hamil of Knobsville, chief cook at Cowans Gap for eight years who trained under Clem Sipes of Harrisonville, is told in the society's 2004 book on the Cowans Gap CCC Camp.

The recipe cards and the Cowans Gap book sell for $5 each and are available in McConnellsburg at the Fulton County Library, Fulton Antiques, Summer Thyme Floral and the treasurer's office at the courthouse.

Mailed copies with $2 extra for postage can be ordered from the society at Box 115, Mc- Connellsburg, PA 17233.

The photograph must be 4 x 6 inches in size;

If a digital camera is used, the resolution must be at least 300 dpi;

Entries are limited to one per person and must be submitted by Feb. 28;

Contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and caption must be included with entry;

All photo entries become the property of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture;

The judging will be done by the Department of Agriculture;

Employees of the Department of Agriculture are not eligible; and

The contest is open only to nonprofessional entries.

Last year's winner was Judy Hawthorn of New Cumberland. Debbie Hoy of Waynesburg won second place, and third-place honors went to Michele Randal of Kutztown.

Digital photos and entry form information should be mailed to brykepler@state.pa.us. Print photos should be mailed with entry form to Brynn Kepler at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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