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Sometimes the best way to break the ice is to share a recipe, but it helps if you introduce yourself first, so I’ll do just that and say how delighted I am to be the new host of the Texas Co-op Power recipe section. A Texan, I came from a family of eaters rather than cooks, which worked out well because my mother let me take over the kitchen at an early age. Cooking never felt like a chore, and I kept at it into adulthood though never pursued it as a career. But things changed.
A baby entered our lives, keeping me very busy; but it was also a turning point, and I began looking for a way to channel my passion for cooking into something more lucrative. I began submitting recipes to contests. Most of the time, I never heard back, but one day a letter arrived saying I’d won the grand prize in a cheesecake contest. Victory!
I became hooked on contests. In 2005, I won the Texas Co-op Power Holiday Recipe Contest. In 2006, I won the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. I’ve also written a cookbook, “The Daily Cookie” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012), and maintain a blog, Cookie Madness.
I love coming up with recipes by adding a little twist, like my recipe, below, for a strawberry icebox dessert combining berries with malted milk powder to create a flavor reminiscent of a strawberry malted milkshake. My dessert shares these pages with excellent recipes submitted by Texas Co-op Power readers. If your recipe wasn’t chosen this month, please send one for the August contest, Frozen Treats. Good luck!
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
5 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup malted milk powder
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
Strawberry syrup, optional
Servings: 12. Serving size: 1 square. Per serving: 396 calories, 4.7 g protein, 28.1 g fat, 33.2 g carbohydrates, 1.4 g dietary fiber, 134 mg sodium, 26.1 g sugars, 80 mg cholesterol