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National Festival of Breads Winner Announced

Ronna Farley NFOB 2017 winner

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 17, 2017) – Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, is the grand prize winner in the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Judges selected Farley’s Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf from among eight finalist recipes baked at the public competition on June 17 in Manhattan. The National Festival of Breads is the nation’s only amateur bread-baking competition.

Farley’s Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf was entered in the competition’s “Whole Grain Breads” category.

This was Farley’s second time in the National Festival of Breads as a top eight finalist. Along with her champion recipe, Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf, she also received an honorable mention in the rolls category for her recipe, Sharp Cheddar Bay Knots.

As the 2017 National Festival of Breads champion, Farley received $2,000 cash, plus a trip to attend a baking class of her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont. In addition, she will receive a supply (120 envelopes) of Red Star Yeast.

Judges for the event were Betty Kandt, retired FACS teacher, Manhattan, Kansas; Jennifer Latzke, associate editor, High Plains Journal, Dodge City, Kansas; Dr. Jeff Hertzberg, cookbook author and physician, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jenn Wisdom, HyVee bakery manager, Manhattan, Kansas; Aaron Clanton, American Institute of Baking, Manhattan, Kansas; Torie Cox, food stylist, Time, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama; and Mike Dandrea, USA Pan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The champion recipe and all eight finalists’ recipes are available at http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com.

In addition to the competition, the National Festival of Breads featured educational baking demonstrations, children’s activities, bread tasting and more. This was the fifth biennial event, and “BBQ Like A Pro” demonstrations and sampling were held in conjunction with the baking contest. The more than 3,000 attendees brought nonperishable food items as admission to the National Festival of Breads, which were donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, a community food network in Manhattan to help alleviate hunger and poverty.

The finalists for each category and special award winners included:

Time-Saving & Simple Breads Category: Mexican Street Corn Skillet Bread, Michele Kusma, Columbus, Ohio; and Southwest Focaccia, Jane Fry, Elk Falls, Kansas.

Holiday Breads Category: Toasted Cardamom Nordic Crown, Patrice Hurd, Bemidji, Minnesota; and Orange-Spice Anadama Wreath with Walnuts and Dates, Kellie White, Valley Park, Missouri.

Roll Category: Orange Marmalade Breakfast Crescents, Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania; and Turmeric-Rosemary & Sweet Potato Rosettes, Tiffany Aaron, Quitman, Arkansas.

Whole Grain Breads Category: Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf, Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland ; and Butternut Romesco Braid, Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah.

Additional information about the 2017 National Festival of Breads, including the finalists’ recipes and a complete list of sponsors, is available at NationalFestivalofBreads.com.

King Arthur Flour is not only the nation’s oldest flour company, it is the single largest educator of home bakers in the world. Founded in 1790 and employee-owned since 1996, the company conducts free baking classes nationwide for both adults and children, and offers a wide variety of hands-on baking classes at its Baking Education Center in Vermont. King Arthur Flour’s fundamental mission is to be an education and product resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide. More information is available at kingarthurflour.com.

For more than a century, home bakers have trusted the high quality and consistent performance of Red Star®, SAF® and bakipan® Yeast, made by Lesaffre, the world leader in yeast technology. Their mission is to take the fear out of baking with yeast. More information is available at redstaryeast.com.

The Kansas Wheat Commission is a farmer-funded and governed promotion organization working to secure the future of Kansas wheat globally and domestically through research, promotion, marketing and education. Kansas wheat farmers support the Kansas Wheat Commission with a voluntary two cent assessment on each bushel of wheat produced in Kansas. For more information, log onto kansaswheat.org.


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February is National Heart Health Month

heart_healthyHeart disease is the number one killer for adults in the U.S., and studies now show that even children have risk factors that put them in danger of this disease.  Fortunately, lifestyle is an important weapon in waging war against heart disease, and what you eat every day is one of the most powerful.” (More at www.wheatfoods.org)

Help friends and families choose concerns and actions. Parade magazine recently featured “Fear this, not that,” wisdom. Heart disease is well worth concern, but act intelligently—“Fear not getting enough fiber, NOT gluten.” (by Maura Rhodes, Parade magazine, 1/18/15, p. 5).

Two good strategies for lifestyle changes:

#1: Reduce your risk of heart disease by approximately one quarter (20-25%) by including daily servings of whole grains. Whole grain nutrients reduce chronic levels of inflammation that lead to disease, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and promote stable blood glucose levels for good metabolic health. Minimum goal: three servings whole grains daily (Ex: One serving = 1 oz. bread, muffin, pancake)

Baker’s tip: Use 100% whole wheat flour in breads, pancakes, rolls and pizza crust or use half whole wheat and half white flour. White whole wheat flour bakes a milder, light-flavored product.

View “how-to make it whole grain” at: www.homebaking.org

 #2: Preparing and eating more meals at home is a proven strategy, offering multiple benefits. That’s why Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has launched a national campaign rich with research and resources at FCCLA@TheTable.   Cooking and baking at home DOES matter! Join Share Our Strength and www.cookingmatters.org.

Go the extra step and make a pledge to plan, prepare and share healthy meals as a family. Click on http://bit.ly/1CFje3N Whether a one-time commitment or more, the ultimate goal is to engage youth in planning and preparing healthy meals for their family and to increase planned and prepared family meals. FCCLA’s goal? 70,000 meals by their 70th anniversary, July 2015!

Help spread the word by taking a picture YOUR family meal, posting it on Facebook or Instagram and tagging #FCCLAatTheTable!

Go to many tried and true meal-time recipe links under Members, at www.HomeBaking.org .

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