3/7/2013 5:00:00 PM A busy month for Palo Verde residents
Jeanette Hyduke Palo Verde People
PALO VERDE - Folks here are getting ready for the third annual Chili Cookoff, which will be held on March 9. The Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring this event
Those entering must have their chili to the Rod and Gun Club officials by 11 a.m. on March 9.
Judges will be those who come to the Rod and Gun Club and sample the chili. Hopefully the winner will share with readers their recipe.
Those who wish to sample all the chili will be charged $5. This price enables one to eat all the chili they can hold.
Contestants have been working hard to enter the most outstanding recipe with hopes of winning first place.
Josh Winters, who now lives south of Palo Verde in the River area estates, remembers well when he won the State Chili Cookoff for the state of California in the '70s. He has agreed to share his recipe with us.
Mix five pounds of lean hamburger and one pound of ground sausage. Cook in a large oiled pan with two chopped onions, five chopped garlic and one bunch of chopped cilantro. When browned, add one gallon of chopped cooked tomatoes, and three small cans of tomato sauce.
Add six red dried chilies, which have been cooked and then processed in a food grinder. Add these chilies to the meat mixture and cook for one hour. When chili is cooked to the right consistency, add two cups of ground salted crackers to the mixture and cook for another 10 minutes. If chili is too thick, add more liquid.
Rod and Gun Club officials report that their recent $1 breakfast was a success and another one will be held the first Saturday of April.
The Rod and Gun Club members are also planning an Easter egg hunt on March 31. As the event draws closer, we will give you more details.
Connie Whitehead and Bennie Barrett are representing the Blythe Cancer Society and are selling lilies. Be sure to contact them by March 8-9 to order your flowers.
The Blythe Public Library will be holding a book sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 16. The sale will be held in the parking lot in back of the library. There will be cookbooks, videos, youth and adults books. Those who have attended before, know the price is right.
Saint Patrick's Day will be celebrated by many on March 17. The Pen and Quill Society will make sure that they remember this day, as this saint is their favorite saint and each year they take a two-day holiday together and celebrate.
This year they are again coming to the Palo Verde area. They plan to spend time in the desert and river areas, and in these quiet and picturesque areas they plan to write, take photos and plan another documentary
The Palo Verde Improvement Association held their annual spaghetti dinner last week. According to all who attended, the food was excellent. After dinner many stayed to enjoy Casino Night.
The PVIA is once again asking residents in and around the area to bring their discarded furniture, clothing or saleable items to the PVIA clubhouse and leave them at the front door or at the Palo Verde County Water District office. The sale will be held April 5-7. Parking is available as the rummage sale will be held in the parking lot at Wheelies store in Palo Verde.
Board members and employees at the Palo Verde County Water District office are looking forward to the time when Planet Solar begins to work on the solar system at the water facility building.
Kathy Fricke, office manager at the water district, reports that the electric bill from Edison runs about $1,000 a month and more in the summer, however, she says that the electric bill should be cut by more than 30 percent when the solar is in place.
Solar officials reported that the water users' bill could not be affected much, however, over the years raises in the monthly bills should not be changed much.
Imperial County Supervisor Ray Castillo was guest of honor at the recent water district's welcome to Planet Solar. The supervisor expressed his approval of solar being added to the plant.
Fishing as been excellent this week. Jean Walters and her son, David, pulled in two large catfish. Since they had no way to weigh them, they believe they were over 10 pounds each.