I’m back from Birmingham, Alabama where I and 14 new cooking friends competed in the Cooking Light Ultimate Reader recipe contest. My recipe was a dessert called “Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake”. It did not win its category this year, but the dessert recipe which beat it, a cupcake, won the whole contest. That is, it beat out all the appetizers, entrees and sides. I don’t know if the cupcake news has gone to press yet, but when I get it, I’ll link to a recipe.
Win or lose, the trip was fun. Todd, Fuzz and I flew in a little early so we’d have some time to explore Birmingham, which has lots of attractions for kids. I’d been there twice for other cook-offs, but this was our best trip, given the weather and the central location of the hotel. The other finalists were all very nice and after this contest, I am quite sure they will be hooked on cook-offs. I miss the CL staff, who are all so bright and knowledgeable. They work in a gorgeous environment. We were given a tour during the contest, but you can take a virtual one by clicking here.
So I’m home now, coming down from a contest high, doing laundry and getting ready to go to PTA workroom to laminate flash cards, make copies or cut out 100 paper fish. It’s going to be a busy day, but I hope I can bake something because I really feel like being in the kitchen right now.