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Real People, Real Parties: The Hopkins County Stew Fundraiser

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Deep in the heart of East Texas is a tradition like no other. Good food, great company, and a little friendly competition is what people get to experience at the Hopkins County Stew Contest.

While the official contest began in 1969, this tradition dates back to as early as the 1800’s. Back when the competition was first documented in 1969, the county had around 100 schools, all of which would participate in the end of year stew celebration. An iron pot, an open fire, and whatever food you could find in your house were the foundational components of this stew. The meat, more than likely squirrel at the time, was added to a pot filled with various vegetables.

Because there was never an official recipe documented, the Stew Contest just encourages participants to include the five ingredients always known to be in a good, hearty bowl of Hopkins County Stew: chicken or beef (they have opted out of using squirrel these days), corn, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. Prizes are awarded in two categories, chicken and beef.

A school in Dallas, Texas decided to bring the stew to their school as the Hopkins County Stew Fundraiser. Lake Highlands Elementary School sold tickets for homemade Hopkins County Stew to help raise money for their school. Two Funny Girls made personalized stadium cups as well as personalized napkins for the event, and it was a huge success. The Hopkins County zip code is 75482, while Lake Highlands Elementary School’s is 75238, hence the cup design.

Here is a recipe to make your own Hopkins County Stew, courtesy of The Food Network:

Stew Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken or cubed beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, plus one teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium potatoes, diced (about two pounds)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 15 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 14 ½ ounces of canned tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 16 ounces of canned whole kernel corn
  • 16 ounces of canned cream- style corn

Directions:

Heat 4 cups water to boiling in a 5-quart saucepan on top of stove. Add chicken or cubed beef and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Reduce to medium heat and simmer until meat is tender, reserving liquid. If using chicken in your recipe, remove pieces from pan and allow cooling before boning and dicing meat.

To reserved liquid, add potatoes and onions. If necessary, add just enough water to cover the ingredients and simmer on medium heat until potatoes are tender.

Add diced chicken or beef, black pepper, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, chili powder, and paprika and bring to a boil.

Add cans of whole kernel and cream-style corn while stirring stew on high heat to prevent scorching.

Reduce heat to a simmer. If necessary, add water to bring stew to desired consistency. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring as needed.

Other ingredients may be added to suit individual taste. Serve with saltine crackers or cornbread, cheddar cheese, and dill pickles.

Bar Accessories with Personal Flair

Cocktails anyone? After all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Bar accessories with personal flair can provide creative punch to your personal backyard happy hour! Or serve as a great themed gift idea.

Sizzling Stir Sticks

Bar-stir sticksCustom drink stir sticks add that air of sophistication to any drink served at your wedding or other celebratory event. These personalized drink stirrers are fun to have on hand at the house to have on display to dress up any bar cart or bar area. Our personalized stir sticks are ready for you to design. Choose from our variety of swizzle stick top shapes (oval, circle, square or rectangle), lengths (6″ or 7.5″) as well as the material choices of wood or 5 plastic colors. You can personalize our custom drink stirrers with a monogram, single initial or design in your choice of imprint color. Endless options for flair!

Perfect As Punch

Bar-cocktails Looking for the perfect cocktail to go with your new personalized bar accessories? I can’t stopping drooling over this Maui Island Breeze cocktail that will be perfect to kick in the summer season. This is a vodka cocktail mixed with pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry. It is a sweet and sour juice for adults to add to your happy hour menu! Don’t forget the fruit garnish. Check out the detailed recipe here.

 

Cheers to Coasters

Bar-coastersThe punch is chilling and the custom drink stir sticks are prominently featured. What else do you need for your patio party? Our personalized drink coasters and personalized coaster sets do more than just protect furniture; they also add unique decor to your backyard Happy Hour festive spread.  These custom coasters are available in a variety of materials, thick chipboard (like you see in restaurants or bars). They are also a great gift for those upcoming bridal showers and graduation parties you are bound to get invited to over the next few months! Cheers!

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