ects. “I’m always in the kitchen to cook and experiment,” she said. “Baking is something that has to be exact and I like math. So it just made sense to learn to bake. Mom talked about the Fair and I said, ‘Let’s try it one year.’ I tried it and won and then I wanted to try again.” Often the kids draw
upon inspiration from family in discovering their talent. Like her mother, Patty Lima, Genevieve, a seventh- grader at Living Word Academy, is a true renaissance woman, doing crafts and art- work as well as baking. This year she’ll be entering three non-food creations, including a mixed media piece of a watercolor paint- ing with actual shells attached and a silk flower wreath. “I’m also doing a sculpture and I’ll be scrapbook- ing downstairs,” she said. Kaylee, a fan of
celebrity chef Rachael Ray, has a baking men- tor in her grandmother, who presented her with an apron embroidered with the slogan “Take No Prisoners” and the family crest below Kaylee’s name. “My grandma lives in Mas- sachusetts and she gives me tips when she comes up,” said the Pine Grove Elementary eighth-grader. “Like she showed me how to make a pie crust. Most of the tips she gives me I use at the Fair.” Although 2009 was the first time Madison
entered a culinary competition, her mom is already behind her daughter when it comes to winning entries, having picked up some
Going for three: Kaylee Brabham keeps practicing her berry custard so it’ll be ready for competition at the Fair.
second- and third-place ribbons in the Fleis- chmann’s Baking Contest. “It eludes me every year,” Madison’s mom said. “I don’t know what it is.” Meanwhile, Madison’s 4-year-old sister
Sarah is anxious for her turn to cook up an entry. Last year, Sarah captured an unofficial blue ribbon with an impromptu entry. “She used the extra that I cut off my cake and she made her own concoction,” Madison said. “She brought it in and the judges were nice enough to give her a blue ribbon.”
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