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-          2 Tablespoons olive oil.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped.

-          Green pepper.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped onion.

-          1 Garlic clove, crushed.

-          ¾ Pound lean ground beef.

-          2 Tablespoons alcaparrado.

-          ¼ Cup tomato sauce.

-          ¼ Cup cooking sherry.

-          1 Refrigerated pie crust.

-          (15-ounce package).

-          1 Egg beaten.


1.       Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir onions are light brown and translucent. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings if necessary. Pre- heat oven to 375F.

2.   Stir in alcaparrado, tomato sauce and sherry; simmer over low 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

3.       Unfold pie crust; place on sheet of waxed paper. Lightly dust pie crust with flour and gently roll out with rolling pin. Using a 2- ½ inch round cutter or a drinking glass cut out circles. Lay circles on a nonstick or lightly buttered baking sheet. Spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture onto each dough circle, leaving a slight border around edge. Moisten edge of dough with water; fold pastry over filling. Press edges of dough together with fork to seal. Prick center of dough with fork once or twice to form steam vents. Lightly brush tops with egg wash.

4.       Bake in 375F over 15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Set aside and cool.






DESCRIPTION:   Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. (STS), The Center for the Gifted at National-Louis University, The National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), The National Association of Gifted Children Creativity Division, and the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development invite students to submit their best creative work to help celebrate the great legacy of educator/creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance.

ACCEPTED GENRES: Poetry and Short Stories

Poetry submissions must focus on either “The wonder and wisdom of nature” or “What do you see in nature and how do you respond to it”?
Short stories must focus on one of the following creative themes: “Singing in One’s Own Key”, “Shaking Hands with Tomorrow”, “What is Magic” or “The Flying Monkey”. Students are encouraged to freely interpret these themes. Please also note that there is a 1,250 word limit for stories. There is no prescribed word limit for poems. Only one story and/or one poem will be accepted from each student.

ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 4 through 12 (specify the grade in which the student will be enrolled in as of September 2009). Please note, participants need not be enrolled in gifted programs.

DEADLINES: All submissions must be received by August 24, 2009.

RULES and SUBBMISION GUIDELINES: please visit http://ststesting.com/cw.html or contact Scott Rich at Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. for more information or general questions. For further discussion, contact John Franklin Smutny at 847.256.1220 or joanfsm@aol.com

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