Hinkelfest is a country fair full of good food, games, rides, amusements, +more, and it’s staffed entirely by volunteers while its proceeds are distributed among five local organizations, including Matthews Public Library! If you’re looking for a way to get more involved in your community or for volunteer opportunities with local organizations, volunteering for a shift or two at Hinkelfest is a great way to start.

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Saturday, September 18, 2021 | Fireman’s Park, Fredericksburg, PA

Submission deadline for recipe: Monday, September 13, 2021

The contest will be held the weekend of Hinkelfest at Fireman’s Park, 2652 Pine Grove Street, Fredericksburg, PA 17026.

Judging of finished dishes for the cooking contest will commence at 1 PM on Saturday.  Finished dishes will be judged on creativity, doneness, flavor, appearance, and recipe clarity. All recipes will be tasted. One entry per category per contestant please.

Prizes will be awarded in each category: First prize receives $50, second prize receives $30, and third prize receives $10.

Contestants should:

  • submit recipe in advance by 10 PM the Monday before Hinkelfest:
    • List all ingredients, measurements, and directions for completing the dish on one side of 81/2 x 11 inch paper
    • Mail to Sheila Redcay, Matthews Public Library, P.O. Box 241, Fredericksburg, PA 17026 OR email to Sheila Redcay, redcay@lclibs.org, subject line should read “Hinkelfest Cooking Contest Recipe.” Receipt of email submissions will be acknowledged. Please do not incorporate any artwork or special formatting in your recipe.
  • prepare a family-sized recipe serving at least 4-6; undersized entries will be disqualified.
  • bring the completed dish to Hinkelfest at Fireman’s Park between 12:30 PM and 1 PM.
  • include your name, address, phone number, and email (if you have one) on the entry form; children should also list their age.

Contest winners will be announced at 4 PM, and photos will be taken at that time. Winners must be on display until Sunday. Others may be removed after 4 PM on Saturday.

2021 Categories

White meat. It’s what’s for dinner. | Prepare chicken breasts any way you like.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. | Prepare chicken legs, drums, or thighs any way you like.

Help! I’m stuck on a dessert aisle! | Prepare a dessert using at least 3 eggs; bring the whole dessert to the park.

The annual Hinkelfest Cooking Contest is organized by the library. Each year’s new categories will be announced the month before Hinkelfest to allow for amateur cooks to prepare their delicious recipes. The deadline for recipe submission is the Monday before Hinkelfest while judging of contest entries will begin at 1 PM the Saturday of Hinkelfest at Fireman’s Park, Fredericksburg, PA. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded in all categories. Winning recipes will be published here on the library’s website the week following Hinkelfest.

White meat. It’s what’s for dinner.

1st place | Apple Cheddar Chicken Wraps. Submitted by Sean Driscoll, Jonestown, PA.

Makes 4 wraps
¼ cup of Italian style breadcrumbs
½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup of diced apples
Bell and Evans boneless skinless chicken breast fillets
Apple juice
Corn starch or flour

Beat each chicken breast fillet extra thin with a meat tenderizer. Mix the breadcrumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, and apples in a bowel; put some mix in the center of each chicken breast fillet. Wrap together and pin shut with toothpicks.

Pour 2-2 ½ cups of apple juice in a frying pan, and preheat for a few minutes on medium heat. Cook the wraps covered for 10 minutes, flipping after 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan and remove the toothpicks. Add cornstarch or flour, about a tsp at a time, to the juice in the pan. Wisk and add cornstarch or flour to get your desired sauce thickness. Spoon the sauce on the wraps, garnish with parsley, and enjoy!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

1st Place | Chicken Cacciatore. Submitted by Emily Kern.

4 chicken breasts, cut into strips or small pieces
2 teaspoons salt, divided, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided, plus more for seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, diced
¾ tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
¼ cup tomato paste
28 ounces crushed tomatoes, canned
14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, canned, do not drain
½ cup chicken broth, or stock
2 teaspoons chopped parsley

Set the oven rack to the lower third position. Preheat to 350ºF (177ºC). Trim any excess fat or skin from the chicken breasts. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Generously season both sides of the chicken.

Heat a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, carefully add in the chicken. Sear for 5 minutes until crispy and browned. Flip and cook for 2 minutes, turn off the heat. Transfer to a clean plate, leave 2 tablespoons of the fat drippings in the pan. Alternatively, drain the drippings and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
to the pan.

Heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. Sauté for 2 minutes until the onions are crisp-tender. Add the red and green bell peppers, sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with the juice and chicken broth.

Add the chicken back into the pan, turn to coat in the sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove and transfer to a casserole dish and place in the oven. Cook until the meat is very tender, approximately 45-60 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and basil, serve hot.

2nd Place | Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells. Submitted by Riley Werner, Fredericksburg, PA.

Serves four
10 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie, purchased pre-cooked grilled strips, or make your own)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup cottage cheese
½ cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I use mozzarella with a touch of cream cheese)
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 well beaten eggs
Fresh parsley and/or fresh basil as desired
2 T butter
1 T flour
1 cup whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
Garlic if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and eggs. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and basil as desired. Add 1 to 2 T of heavy cream if needed to moisturize this mixture. Fill each of the jumbo shells generously with the chicken/cheese mixture. Place them face down in an 8 x 8 baking dish. In a large skillet using medium heat, melt butter then stir in the flour. Whisk and cook until the roux turns golden brown. Pour in the milk and heavy cream and cook for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until thickened. Add the parmesan cheese and stir. Taste and adjust the sauce seasonings of garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce all over the tops of the stuffed shells. Sprinkle on extra mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake for 25 minutes until bubbly and golden. Great with a salad!

3rd Place | Honey Garlic Chicken with Rice. Submitted by Abigail Fried, Palmyra, PA.

1 lb chicken breast , boneless and skinless (2 pieces)
Salt and pepper
¼ cup flour
4 tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves , minced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white or other clear vinegar)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup honey

Split chicken breast in half, so 2 breasts makes 4 pieces. Dust chicken with flour. Sear chicken, add butter, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, honey. Simmer until the sauce thickens. Turn chicken to coat in the honey garlic sauce. Lower heat and cook, covered, 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 5 minutes. Delicious served over rice.

Help! I’m stuck on a dessert aisle!

1st Place | Peanut Butter Marbel Cheesecake. Submitted by Alexandra Spangler, Fredericksburg, PA.

3 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese (softened)
½ cup sour cream
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ¼ cups peanut butter chips
¼ cup milk

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Make crumb crust (see below).

2. Make the cream cheese mixture.
Beat cream cheese, sour cream, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs and flour and beat until blended.

3. Make chocolate mixture.
Beat cocoa, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and vegetable oil with 1 ½ cups cream cheese mixture.

4. Make peanut butter mixture.
Combine 1 1/4 cups peanut butter chips and milk into a bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir mixture and microwave longer if needed until melted. Then add peanut butter mixture to cream cheese mixture and beat on high speed for 5 minutes.

5. Alternate adding chocolate and peanut butter mixtures over crust. Use a knife to gently swirl for a marbled effect.

6. Bake for 10 minutes at 450°F and do not open the oven door. Then decrease the temperature to 250°F for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is complete, turn off the oven and let cheesecake sit in the oven for 30 minutes without opening the oven door. Then place the cheesecake on a cooling rack. Use a knife to loosen sides of cheesecake. Let cool and remove sides of the pan. Refrigerate cheesecake. (Chocolate curls may be added on top.)

Ingredients (Crumb Crust)
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
1 ¼ cups vanilla wafer crumbs
¼ cup cocoa
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

Chop 1/3 cup peanut butter chips. Stir wafer crumbs, cocoa, powdered sugar and melted butter together. Then stir in peanut butter chips. Press mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

2nd Place | Baked Pineapple Bread Pudding. Submitted