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Dairy Foods Contest winners named

6/2/2010 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Ethan Ferren of Searcy (White County) and Carley Allen of Ozone (Johnson County) are winners at the 53rd annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest held June 2.

Ferren, 11, son of Aaron and Jody Ferren, took first in the Main Dish competition with “Four Cheese Chicken Fettuccine.” Allen, 13, daughter of Charley and Sandra Allen, took first in the Party Idea competition with “Dairy Kugel.”

Winners received $150.

Judges placed contestants based on recipe, use of dairy products, originality, availability of ingredients and serving technique. Arkansas Farm Bureau, Southwest Dairy Museum and Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association sponsored the event.

In the Main Dish competition, Aaron Kimbrough of Des Arc (Prairie County) took second with “Five Cheese Sub Roll Up.” Jessica Mefford of Ozark (Franklin County) took third with “Bistro Mac & Cheese.” Cody Crisp of Paragould (Greene County) took fourth with “Cheesy Chicken Rolls.”

In the Party Ideas competition, Shelby Givens of Arkadelphia (Clark County) took second with “Shelby’s Seafood Nachos.” Harlee Ray of Cecil (Franklin County) took third with “Tres Leches Cake ‘Three Milk Cake’.” Luke Phillips of Booneville (Logan County) took fourth with “Sandwich Cookie Gems.”

The winning recipes are:

Four Cheese Chicken Fettuccine


  • 1 (16 oz) pkg. fettuccine noodles, uncooked
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (10 ¾ oz) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 ½ cups cooked, cubed chicken


  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, place cream cheese, butter, cream, mushroom soup, and garlic powder in a large saucepan. Cook and stir on medium-high heat until butter and cream cheese have melted. When sauce has melted together, add cheeses (parmesan, mozzarella, and Swiss). Stir until melted together.
  2. Add chicken to the cheese sauce and stir. Remove from heat.
  3. Add cooked, drained fettuccine to sauce and stir until well combined. (If sauce is too thick, add some pasta water to thin.) Pour this noodle/sauce mixture into a greased 9” by 13” glass baking dish and distribute evenly.
  4. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly on top of noodles. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

 Dairy Kugel

(A Jewish Casserole resembling bread pudding used as a dish or dessert) adapted from a recipe on


  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ and ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook noodles according to the package directions and drain. Toss with butter and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs for 8-10 minutes. Beat in the cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, cream cheese, ½ cup sugar, vanilla and salt. (These ingredients may also be blended in a blender if desired to give a creamier texture before adding them to the eggs. Stir in noodles.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a greased 13” by 9” by 2” baking dish. Combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar. Sprinkle this over the noodle mixture. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish as desired.


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Ethan Ferren of Searcy displays his winning entry in the 53rd annual Arkansas Dairy Foods contest. His recipe for “Four Cheese Chicken Fettuccine” took first place in the Main Dish category June 2 in Little Rock. Ethan is the 11-year-old son of Aaron and Jody Ferren. He received a $150 prize.


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Carley Allen of Ozone displays her winning entry in the 53rd annual Arkansas Dairy Foods contest. Her recipe for “Dairy Kugel” took first place in the Party Ideas category June 2 in Little Rock. Carley is the 13-year-old daughter of Charley and Sandra Allen. She received a $150 prize.



Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Gregg Patterson
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Tara Johnson
(501) 228-1307
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


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