Entering Cooking Contests
Maybe it's just me, but I actually enjoy entering small-town cooking contests. Chili cook offs, county fairs, a local festival always has a contest using Gerber baby food because it's produced in that town and the company sponsors the festival. Yup, the Gerber Baby Food Festival, I won once for a BBQ sauce recipe that required their pureed peaches, LOL. Prize was two tickets to see Paul Revere and the Raiders at the local park/band shell.
I'm definitely not like PixiStix, who went to the Pillsbury Bake Off more than once. I've won various small prizes, like a "commemorative" pie server from the Libby company for a pumpkin recipe I sent them, a cookbook from Taste of Home for printing one of my recipes, ribbons at the county fair. This latest one might be my favorite, though. My local electric cooperative has a monthly contest, themes have been everything from "Desserts" to "Wild Game". The lastest was pasta and I won first place. My prize? $50 off my electric bill, possibly my favorite prize EVER! Oh, and my recipe got printed in their newsletter, so I'm locally famous. (grin)
So is it just me or does anyone else waste time and ingredients entering local cooking contests?