On Saturday, I had the honor of competing as a finalist in my little Connecticut town's Fall Festival Pumpkin Recipe Contest.
Selected by judges the prior week, my recipe for "Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes in a Ginger Graham Cracker Crust with a Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream and Candied Pepita on top" competed against other pumpkin recipes in both sweet and savory categories. The competition was judged in a "Throwdown" fashion with scoring by local food celebrities and "People's Choice" alike. And the result was...
Prizes and glory aside, it was a priceless experience in my little hometown. The weather was perfectly autumnal, and absolutely nothing beats the look on people's faces when they eat something that you are really proud of.
I will include the "award-winning" recipe after it is published in the local newspaper, so check back soon!