Contest-Winning Recipes

Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce

Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce

I’m one of those annoying people who buy everything pumpkin I can lay my hands on. You’re either with me or against me – there’s just no in between. So, when Smith’s Dairy in Ohio had a contest about sharing holiday traditions, I knew I […]

Sinful and Rich and Full of Fish!

Sinful and Rich and Full of Fish!

In 2014 I was lucky enough to qualify for World Food Championship in Las Vegas by winning a recipe contest in the seafood category.  Once I got to Las Vegas to compete in the tournament-style contest, I was fortunate once again to have Alaska Seafood […]

I’m a Saucy Mama, Are You?

I’m a Saucy Mama, Are You?

Always on the hunt for delicious sauces and food, one of my all-time favorite lines of sauces, marinades and mustards is Barhyte’s Saucy Mama. Texas produces 1/3 of all the tortillas in the United States — they are a Tex-Mex staple, after all, and since my move […]

Winning Fish Tacos

Winning Fish Tacos

I found myself winning a seafood contest and ended up competing in the Seafood category in Las Vegas at the World Food Championship in 2014 somehow. Alaska Seafood provided the seafood, and I used halibut for these tacos. It’s not a wonder they soared my […]

First Blue Ribbon Cookie

First Blue Ribbon Cookie

  Just A Pinch is a wonderful recipe site where cooks share their family tried and tested recipes.  You sign up for free and are able to “pinch” (or save) recipes into your own recipe box. People can also pinch your recipes.  Janet is the […]

Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie Pillows

Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie Pillows

This was my Signature Dish at the 2015 World Food Championships, and it was a huge hit with the judgs. It elevated my score from place#7 to place#2. They look like “Christmas on a Plate” to me. Filled with a pecan pie filling, these little wonton […]

Baked, Not Fried

Baked, Not Fried

The best homemade chicken wings I’ve ever had were seasoned, dipped in flour, pan fried, baked with a sauce of hot sauce and butter. It’s a long, time-consuming process, and I cringed when someone would ask me to make them. “There goes about 2-3 hours […]

Sweet Strawberry & Sparkling Rosé Trifles

Sweet Strawberry & Sparkling Rosé Trifles

If you want to make a nice dessert for company, this is the one. Layers of pink champagne cupcakes, sweet strawberry creme and champagne-soaked strawberries in a pretty glass. You don’t have to serve them on a bed of pink roses like I did in […]

Bella Sun Luci Cornbread

Bella Sun Luci Cornbread

Bella Sun Luci makes makes sun dried tomatoes, and this is the cornbread creation I came up with for their contest. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did win a huge care package of their products, plus they took this marvelous professional photo […]

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

The “official” recipe name is Butter Beer Prawns with Cheesy Beer Grits. In a contest I had to infuse beer as an ingredient into a seafood dish, and this is what I came up with. The grits were Bob’s Red Mill because they’re just simply […]

PB & Banana Cupcakes

PB & Banana Cupcakes

I’d describe these cupcakes as “Moist & Light Buttermilk Banana Cupcakes with Fluffy Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese Frosting Topped to Perfection with Crushed Butterfinger® Candy.”  Candy Crush Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes, A.K.A. “The Elvis Special” The King used to smear some peanut butter onto […]

Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls

Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls

This was my alltime favorite contest to enter, to qualify and to win – Bob’s Red Mill. You may recognize Bob Moore from the label. The people were great, they treated us all very well, and the prize was SWEET! A trip for two to Scotland!   […]