Second-grader sandwiches in winning recipe

May 09, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Christina Bortner of Finksburg would have made the Earl of Sandwich very proud.

The 7-year-old is the third runner-up in the Ziploc National Sandwich Day Contest, sponsored annually by DowBrands, the company that owns Ziploc Sandwich Bags. Her entry: a recipe for a Peanut Pinola Sandwich.

"The focus is on nutrition," said Mary Ann Surber, a public relations associate with DowBrands, Ziploc's parent company. "These days a lot of kids carry their lunch, and they may even make it themselves because of mom working."

In addition to nutritional value, entries were judged for creativity. The contest is open to students in first through sixth grades, and prizes are awarded to entrants in each grade. Christina is a second-grader at Sacred Heart School in Glyndon.

The recipe for Christina's sandwich:

Put 2 tablespoons of plain peanut butter, 5 Original Wheat Thin crackers, 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of granola cereal in a bowl. Mix ingredients thoroughly and spread mixture on pita bread. Fold and enjoy.

"Mommy didn't really want me to put chocolate chips in, but I insisted because I like them," Christina said.

"We went into the kitchen and looked in the pantry" for the makings of a contest entry, said Mary Lee Bortner, Christina's mother. "She said, 'Well, you know, I like peanut butter.' "

"Truthfully, I was afraid to try it [the sandwich] because it looked so weird," Mrs. Bortner said. "It's really good, though."

Since the contest, Christina's Peanut Pinola Sandwich has become a favorite in the Bortner home. Even Christina's brother, 5-year-old Paul Andrew Robert, whom the family affectionately calls "Spiker," eats one occasionally.

"It's great, because it keeps well and I just whip it together," Mrs. Bortner said.

Christina won a $50 savings bond and Sacred Heart received $50 to apply toward a program or school equipment. "I want to buy an American Girl doll, but Mommy won't let me," she sighed.

"It was so cute when her savings bond came in the mail," Mrs. Bortner said. "It wasn't like winning Lotto, but to her it was."

Margaret Schuster, a 7-year-old classmate of Christina's from Reisterstown, was first runner-up with a Great Aquarium Sandwich, made with tuna fish and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers.

The girls' teacher had said "she had been doing this for years and Sacred Heart had never had a winner," said Margaret's mother, Karen Schuster. "And this year, they had two."

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