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Arancini Cornbread Italian Casserole

Arancini Cornbread Italian Casserole #NationalCornbreadFestival An original recipe, featuring  Martha White’s cornbread mix was the challenge for the 2017 National Cornbread Festival. It also had to be prepared in a Lodge cast iron pan. I could not stop thinking about an Italian flavored casserole with a pesto cheese filling and crispy cornbread style topping. I […]

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Creamy Reuben Soup #SoupforYourSupper

Creamy Reuben Soup!! What a special honor and privilege it is to be asked to return to compete for my second year in “Soup for Your Supper” for Grace House’s Fourth Annual Benefit Fundraiser. Last year and this year, I pondered over what soup I should make. There are 8 local chefs plus me (a […]

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Squash Harvest Pizza

When entering a pizza recipe contest for a $10,000.00 prize one has a tendency to think, “Does a pizza have to have tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese”? I don’t think so. The use of two fresh squash and Gorgonzola cheese make for a delicious change. Here is my entry for the Sebastiani “Pizza My Way” […]

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2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit Recap #OrangeBeachAlabama

2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit Nov. 7-9th Recap #Travel #Foodsport #OrangeBeachAlabama I had no idea what I was about to attend last November in Orange Beach Alabama. I was 1 of 50 extremely blessed bloggers to be chosen to attend three “jam-packed” days of food sport sensations, presentations of upcoming trends in food products, […]

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Vanilla Almond Sesame Cookie Truffles #SimplySesame

Vanilla Almond Sesame Cookie Truffles #SimplySesame I am all in for this sesame ingredient bloggers recipe challenge. Thanks to Bonelli Fine Food, Inc., in San Diego, California who produces healthy snack food spreads for this fine “Simply Sesame Blogger Recipe Contest”. The company states that this spread is perfect for use as a peanut butter […]

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Peachy Coconut Chai Toddy #Stirrings

Peachy Coconut Chai Toddy #Stirrings It’s a “Stir It Up Holiday Blogger Mixology Challenge” from Stirrings, a company that sells Cocktail Mixers, Rimmer Garnishes and other bar ingredients. As part of the recipe challenge, Stirrings mailed qualified bloggers their choice of two mixers and two rimmers. One of my daughters saw the products after they […]

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Cranberry Orange Foster Brownie Dessert #CapeCodSelect

Cranberry Orange Foster Brownie Dessert, my second recipe entry I am submitting for the Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberry Holiday Blogger Challenge. This entry is for the baked category. Not only are there fresh frozen cranberries in the sauce but they are also tucked into the chocolate loaded brownies. Check out my first entry […]

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Holiday Turkey Party Pockets with Cranberry Chimichurri #CapeCodSelect

Holiday Turkey Party Pockets with Cranberry Chimichurri are perfect for any gathering. If you need to feed a crowd, make them a bit smaller and you have a delicious appetizer or dish for a buffet table. Make them a little bit larger and they will make a great entree dish. Simply serve up a green salad […]

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Holy Mole Corny Beef Chili with Chichi Corn Croutons

Holy Mole Corny Beef Chili with Chichi Corn Croutons The contest was Riunite Ultimate Chili Challenge. It was all about tailgate and pairing the chili with Riunite wine. My brain started to churn, what kind of original chili shall I make for this contest? I happen to live in the Pacific Northwest, which is one […]

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Black Forest Rumaki Chicken Burger

Black Forest Rumaki Chicken Burger, a burger that is a bit retro and a bit new!!  For years, Sutter Home Family Vineyards has put on a whopper of a burger contest. Not that kind of Whopper but a big cash paying whopper!! The top Grand Prize winner takes home $25,000.00 and the other 4 finalists […]

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Island Ahi Tuna Delights with Mango Daikon Salsa

Island Ahi Tuna Delights with Mango Daikon Salsa, my Oroweat’s America’s Better Sandwich entry that was tasty and light!! I will admit that I loved this open face sandwich and I thought it had great chances but just not today. I am however, overjoyed to see four of my fabulous food competitors as finalists. A […]

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Korean Emmentaler Pastry Bites with Gochujang Cantaloupe and Ham

Korean Emmentaler Pastry Bites with Gochujang Cantaloupe and Ham This was my entry for the Gloria Ferrer “Glorious Bites” Challenge!! The decisions were made by the judges and sadly I was not selected as a semi-finalist. The announcements came out Sept 2nd while I was in the middle of working at the Oregon State Fair. I […]

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Mandarin Orange Shrimp Yakisoba Summer Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Mandarin Orange Dip

Mandarin Orange Shrimp Yakisoba Summer Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Mandarin Orange Dip When I took Fortune’s Asian Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge I chose their Yakisoba Stir Fry Noodle packet to create my recipe. I also chose to compete in the cold noodle category. Starting out with the first of three packets they sent me […]

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Southwest Marionberry Rhubarb BBQ Ribs #SmithfieldThrowDown

Southwest Marionberry Rhubarb BBQ Ribs #SmithfieldThrowDown Smithfield Hog Wild Throw Down Several years back, my husband Mark bought me a Traeger Smoker for Christmas. Everyone told him that he was absolutely crazy and couldn’t believe that I wasn’t going to be totally disappointed. He wheeled it to the front door of the house and rang […]

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