Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Currently, I am reading The Ungarnished Truth by Ellie Matthews.  It is a story of a woman in her mid-50's and on her third marriage who wins the $1,000,000 Pillsbury Bake-Off grand prize.  She is something of a home cook, never anything fancy but always satisifying.  Bored one day she decides to enter a regional cooking contest and actually wins.  This is her story along with her supportive husband and their journey through the land of various cooking contests, all leading up to the "Big One." 

I certainly don't want to be a spoiler and share much more of the story but reading this book made me wonder.  Should I try my hand at cooking contests?  Really, what is the harm?  All you need to do in 90% of the contests is send a recipe and maybe a photo.  Entering contests would not cost me anything.  It would be easy enough to do since I cook almost everyday. Poor Kevin, he will had to be submitted to taste-testing more recipes.  Kevin, are YOU up for the challenge?

Who knows, maybe my dream of opening up a diner could be the result of winning one of these contests?

In an earlier comment, my cousin Linda said I sounded like I had "one foot in the grave" and that I was still young and only in my 40's.  Well, Linda, I am going to take a shot.  Who knows what will happen?

Stay tuned for many more great recipes!  And remember, "Let's live to eat, not eat to live!"


  1. Yay, Steven! Go for it - what's the worst that can happen? Then, what's the best that can happen? Can you live with either scenario? If you can, then you owe it to yourself to try! I'm pulling for ya, buddy! Linda

  2. It is never too late!!


  3. Just do it Steve! If Kevin tires of taste testing, you always have David & I. You are the chef! I know you can do it!

    Linda M.


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