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Essex girl shares her Vermont inspired stir-fry recipe with first lady

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Iris Hsiang is settling in at summer camp. She just arrived back in Vermont this past weekend after a trip to the White House, but she wasn't a tourist, she was an invited guest.

Iris was Vermont's winner in a national healthy recipe competition spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama. It's the latest event in her ongoing campaign to get kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Iris' recipe was for a stir-fry.

"I made a Chinese vegetable stir-fry and I made it because my dad's parents are Chinese so I wanted to put part of our heritage into it and in Vermont we have so many vegetables, I wanted to use a lot of vegetables," said Iris.

She admitted that she and her dad were kind of speechless when meeting the first lady, but Iris said she seemed very kind.

"She said I have a beautiful smile and its young people like you that keep us going," said Iris.

And Mrs. Obama issued a challenge to the culinary kids.

"She wanted us to think about what we could do to pay it forward and use it to help people eat healthy," said Iris.

It is a theme that will carry through all summer long for this fresh food lover.

And it should come as no surprise that at this summer camp called Farm and Wilderness the kids grow, harvest and eat all their own vegetables.

The camp is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the emphasis has always been on simplicity and self-reliance.

"The nice thing is the children are actually gardening and getting to see the fruits of their labor, they are producing it, they are creating the salads and from the ages of 4, 14, 17 they are actually asking for seconds on their garden goods, carrots and salad greens," said Rebecca Geary, Farm & Wilderness executive director.

And there are more plans for Iris in the future, according to the White House.

"They were telling me they are going to hook me up with a chef in Burlington and so they are going to make my dish," said Iris.

In the meantime, it will be a busy summer season for this young lady who will be busy with traditional camp activities, but will never be far from the garden.

Click here for a link to Iris's recipe of Chinese Vegetable stir-fry

 

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