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Christmas Treats
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, December 17, 2012 10:07 PM

When it came to goodies, the unique, the rich, the crunchy and the grilled won out.

Those were the results of Aurora Public Library's Joy of Christmas Treats Thursday, Dec. 13. About 60 folks, many of them participants in the competition, showed up to taste and judge the various treats.

Aurora resident Carolyn Stuart's frosted Cranberry Bliss Bars won out, followed by Sara Dennis's Chocolate Macaroon Bars. Tied for third: Donna Porter's Rosette and Gerald James' Smoky Grilled Cheese Bites.

“When you look at some of these recipes, I can't believe it. I wouldn't go through all these steps for my family,” let alone for something such as the library's contest, said Merlee Adkins, program coordinator.

Several recipes take two pages in the cookbook she designed, which also includes winning recipes from the previous four years and many helpful hints related to baking and cooking.

All the recipes will be available on the library's website, but those attending the tasting also got copies of this year's recipe book.

Partner Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service helped out by binding the books, she said.

Food and nutrition extension agent Peg Ehlers also promotes the program to extension homemakers.

All the library staff helped with the program, said Adkins, but she especially thanked Janet Louden, the business manager, who designed the displays and ordered all the supplies, and

Rose Trogg, who proof read the book, wrapped presents for the winners and to be door prizes, and decorated the tables.

“Those were the ones that I know were really front and center,” said Adkins, a retired librarian.

* Pick up a copy of The Tuesday, Dec. 18, Journal-Press for a copy of the recipes.