Kids’ recipe contest winner celebrates her ‘gotcha day’

Recipe contest winner Sasha Sloneker, age 11

Every year, the Sloneker family, Logan County Electric Cooperative members from West Mansfield, celebrates a little differently than many others do on Valentine’s Day.

“We call it Gotcha Day, and it’s almost like a second birthday celebration,” says 11-year-old Sasha Sloneker. That was the day that Kara and Mark Sloneker formally adopted Sasha from an orphanage in the Russian province of Siberia. “We have a special dinner and dessert every year, plus I usually get to open presents,” Sasha says.

Sasha says that as she has gotten older, she’s enjoyed helping to plan the special day, and she created Sasha’s Pastries for the occasion. “I make it every year on my Gotcha Day.”

The recipe is the grand prize winner in Ohio Cooperative Living‘s 2018 Cooking With Kids reader recipe contest. Judges not only were inspired by Sasha’s story, but also were impressed by the recipe’s simplicity and its adaptability for other occasions. The pastries earned Sasha and her family the contest’s top prize, an Ohio-made KitchenAid stand mixer.

Sasha was inspired by a recipe in her Princess Cookbook, which she improved by adding different flavorings to the icing. She can change it further to celebrate any holiday by using different-shaped cookie cutters or flavorings in the icing.

Sasha's Pastries
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Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Sasha's Pastries
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Ingredients
Strawberry Flavored
  • 1 15-oz. refrigerated pie crust (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. powdered strawberry milk mix
  • 16 oz. fresh strawberries (sliced top to bottom, stems removed)
Orange Flavored
  • 1 15-oz. refrigerated pie crust (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 8 Tbsp. orange marmalade
  • Orange food coloring (optional)
  • 15 oz. mandarin orange slices
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 350°F. Unroll the pie crust. Using a cookie cutter, make shapes and put them on a cookie sheet. Gather scraps, roll again and cut more shapes. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until light brown. Cool on a rack. 
  2. While the pastries are cooling, make the frosting. Blend the softened cream cheese and strawberry milk mix or marmalade and food coloring, then blend together with a hand mixer until thoroughly mixed. If too thick to spread, microwave for 10 seconds and stir. 
  3. When the pastries have cooled, spread some filling on each one. Put a slice of fresh strawberry or orange slice on top and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers.

Runners-up earn kids’ cookbooks for their entries

Erica Simcic, 10, cooks with her grandmother, Judy Tomasovich, a South Central Power Company member from Woodsfield. She earned one of the runner-up awards with her favorite weeknight meal, which she likes so much, she also asks to make it for her birthday dinner each year.

Little Meat Pesto Pizza Patties
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Little Meat Pesto Pizza Patties
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 frozen breaded chicken patties
  • 4 tsp. jarred pesto
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • 1 large tomato
  • 4 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  • Sprinkle of garlic salt
  • Cooked pasta sidekick (optional)
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Place frozen chicken patties on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Next, cover each patty with 1 tsp. of pesto. Then place 2 pieces of pepperoni on each patty. Slice your tomato and place a piece on each patty. Top it off with some shredded Parmesan cheese. Lastly, sprinkle a little Italian seasoning and garlic salt on each patty.
  3. Place tray of patties in oven for 20 minutes. When oven timer goes off, plate your patties by putting two tablespoons of spaghetti sauce on plate and then place patty on top. We also like to serve a side of our favorite kind of pasta with it. The options are endless on what toppings you could place on your meat pizzas and also what pastas you could have as a sidekick with that patty.

Ulrick Bivens, 6, was inspired by the well-used recipe card for the Pioneer Woman Chocolate Mug Cake that hangs on the refrigerator at the Willard home of his great-grandmother, Barb Annon, a Firelands Electric Cooperative member. Ulrick improved the recipe by adding a not-so-secret ingredient to make his dish.

Peanut Butter Surprise
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Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 minutes
Peanut Butter Surprise
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Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 minutes
Ingredients
Start with:
  • 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter chips
  • Tiny pinch of salt
Mix with fork and add:
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Tiny bit of vanilla
Mix all that with a fork, then drop in the surprise:
  • 1 tsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Roll the peanut butter in the powdered sugar, and push the ball down into the middle of the cup. Microwave for 90 seconds. When done, sprinkle more peanut butter chips on top and let melt for frosting, or sprinkle with powdered sugar, and eat it up.