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My Favorite Recipe

September 3, 2011

Unique broccoli salad wins ‘Recipe’ contest

Connie Ahrens likes putting ‘good meal on the table’

FAIRMONT — Connie Ahrens knows a good thing when she sees it.

Like the refreshing broccoli salad she’s almost required to take to any gathering.

A unique combination of broccoli, peas and ramen noodles, it won her first place in the August “My Favorite Recipe” cook-off.

She was at a Mountainaires Chorus picnic when she tasted a salad someone had brought in.

“I fell in love with the salad. It was different. It had a crunch. It was a good picnic salad. You expect the everlasting potato salad. After it’s been out for a while, you have to be careful about the mayonnaise. This salad was light and crisp and tangy and not heavy.

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