Making a recipe

Nancy Holzman of Glens Falls participates in a competition Monday at Hannaford in Albany. Holzman was a semifinalist in the Mario Batali Home Chef Challenge and competed for a chance to be on the ABC television program ‘The Chew.’

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Nancy Holzman of Glens Falls was one of three semifinalists cooking up a recipe Monday at the Hannaford store on Central Avenue in Albany for a chance to be on the ABC television show “The Chew.”

Although she did not win, Holzman said it was a great experience.

“It was fun the entire time. It was great spirit in the room. It was a fun competition that I think Hannaford handled really well,” she said.

This was part of the Mario Batali Home Chef Challenge. Holzman had to submit a recipe and an essay about the inspiration behind that recipe. She was cooking her zesty Tuscan pasta sauce, which has special meaning for her. Holzman was diagnosed with breast cancer two years and has tried to eat organic and healthy food ever since.

“That experience prompted me to make sure that all recipes I create for my family and friends have a really high nutrition component, that the ingredients fight free radicals, boost your immunity and taste good,” she said.

A total of nine semifinalists were competing. In addition to the three in Albany, there were three in Portland, Maine and three in Burlington, Vermont.

Todd Schillinger of Swanzey, New Hampshire won the Albany event. A panel of media personalities judged the recipes.

Batali will select the grand-prize winner from the three finalists, who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to New York City and attend a taping of “The Chew” and have dinner at one of Batali’s restaurants.

— Michael Goot

Cub Scouts help out

Members of Cub Scout Den 14 are collecting items for residents at Fort Hudson Nursing Home.

They are taking donations of fleece throw blankets, toiletries, chocolate bars, Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate-covered cherries, cookies, puzzles and craft items. They can be dropped off at Jackson Heights Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 11 or Dec. 18 between 6 and 7 p.m., or donors can contact Keri at 518-681-0862 to arrange for a pickup.

— Don Lehman

New tradition

For the second year in a row, a woman stopped at the Warren-Hamilton Community Action Agency on Maple Street just before Thanksgiving and handed out $20 bills, giving away somewhere between 10 and 20 of them.

“I don’t know her name, and I don’t think she wants publicity, but she said it was her birthday gift to herself,” said Lynn Ackershoek, the group’s executive director.

— Bill Toscano

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