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Posted December 13, 2012

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Teacher's Outstanding Green Chile Stew Wins $2,500 for JDC

Julie Gallegos, a reading teacher at the Juvenile Detention Center, won the Gildan’s Green Chile Cooking Challenge.

Julie Gallegos, a reading teacher at the Juvenile Detention Center, won $2,500 for her school by making the best green chile stew in the Gildan’s Green Chile Cooking Challenge at Boston's restaurant last weekend.

Ms. Gallegos said she loves to cook and eat chile, especially green chile. Her winning recipe is thick like a sauce with stewed tomatoes, a small amount of potatoes, small diced steak meat and sautéed onions and garlic. The trick to her recipe, Ms. Gallegos revealed, is to sauté all ingredients together before slowly adding water.

The JDC is planning to spend the winnings in a variety of ways. Some of it will go into the reading program, and the rest will go toward a GED program, cooking classes for students, and school-wide student activities. Ms. Gallegos said she is excited to introduce more hands-on activities for all students.

Several representatives of APS high schools competed for the prize money provided by Gildan, sponsor of the New Mexico Bowl featuring the Arizon Wildcats against the Nevada Wolf Pack at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at University Stadium.

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