Marilyn Blankschien of Clintonville has won third prize in the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association’s (WPVGA) Win with Wisconsin Potatoes Recipe Contest.
Blankschien entered her Potato Pecan Toffee Bars in the contest.
“Years back I made cookies using instant mashed potatoes. I wondered if it would work with fresh potatoes,” she stated. “I gave it a try by cooking the potatoes, butter and brown sugar together. This mixture alone tasted good, so I decided to make a bar and use part of this as the filling.”
She later decided to enter the recipe in the Win with Wisconsin Potatoes Recipe Contest. The result? Third prize and a $50 gift card to a grocer of her choice, courtesy of the WPVGA.
Established in 1948, the WPVGA is headquartered in Antigo. WPVGA provides grower education, government support, environmentally sound research and consumer education for 150 grower organizations across the state. WPVGA is responsible for expanding the Wisconsin potato markets through advertising, promotion and research. WPVGA also supports the Wisconsin Healthy Grown initiative – reduced crop protection inputs, integrated pest management, sustainable farming practices overseen by Protected Harvest, an independent oversight organization. For more information, visit www.wisconsinpotatoes.com.