She said this is the first year she has entered the contest, but she has experience in a kitchen.
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"I've cooked since I was probably 6 or 7," Allison said. "I first cooked with my grandmother — my mom's mother. We made anything from cakes to soups and casseroles."
Her family's roots are several generations deep in the orchards and farms in the Smithsburg area.
"Grandfather worked in an orchard, so we got apples, plums, peaches," she said. "I like to cook with (fruit) and with vegetables."
Allison said she likes to bake. Mostly, when she's in the kitchen, she'll make desserts.
"My grandmother won the (Leitersburg Peach Festival) peach pie contest 10 years in a row," Allison said. "She taught me how to make pies."
— Chris Copley, Herald-Mail Lifestyle assistant editor
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups finely grated carrots.
1/2 cup raisins