Tag: cooking contests

old south peaches & crème brulee cheesecake

old south peaches & crème brulee cheesecake

Let’s face it, most of us like something sweet every now and then. Then there are those of us who love to nibble on something sweet more often. While moderation is the key word here, it’s nice to know that there are options for getting that sweet tooth satisfied without […]

dreams have no expiration date

sprinkle mind glitter

Glitter. It’s that shiny stuff that makes you smile. It’s something that adds sparkle and pizaaazzz to your life. It’s shiny. It’s happy. It’s magical. I believe we all can sprinkle mind glitter, and it’s what’s called dreaming. Yes, this is my belief. My mantra. Never stop dreaming. This mind glitter […]

heirloom tomato onion tarte tatin

upside down tomato tart

Some behind the scenes storytelling always makes for good reading. When I’m in my recipe creation frame of mind, there are lots of things that I consider when coming up with delicious recipes. First of all, is taste, is it something that just flat out tastes good? Another is ease […]


moroccan veal kefta

This moroccan veal kefta is a sponsored post~Cedar Springs Veal. #ReVEALingExcellence All of the content and opinions is strictly my own. Growing up, I never really had the chance to eat veal. Just wasn’t available in the hollers of West Virginia where I was raised. Sometimes I think being ‘deprived’ of […]

the wild blueberry dream team smoothie

the wild blueberry dream team smoothie

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. #sponsored #ad During the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, the USA men’s basketball […]

harley tales

You never know what will happen when you’re riding a Harley.  You never know what will happen when you’re on an adventure! I call them ‘harley tales.’ So, Ben and I decided to take a Harley trip to Crested Butte & Aspen—a short, but exciting 3-day exploration.  It’s particularly good […]

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

This recipe comes from Knorrs, and it is a sponsored post.I made it as part of my participation in a contest for Knorr® sponsored by Zooppa. My mission was to create the recipe (and others), photograph it then enter this photograph into the contest.Really easy and quick, this dish is […]

~creating winning recipes~~some fertilizer~

creating winning recipes

I’m sitting on an Air France flight flying from Warsaw to Paris, and I’m wedged between two gentlemen—one fast asleep, the other flipping through a magazine. As we sat on the tarmac then ascended into flight, I laid my head back, closed my eyes, and rested—up since 3:30 a.m., my […]

sisterhood of the foodies

Clubs, circles, groups and cliques. We know them. We’ve grown up with them since childhood. Usually like-minded people who come together because of a common interest, a common thread, a mutual mission, passion, and purpose. From those early years of scouting, athletic teams and school clubs then on to college […]

~the big screen cooking competition~

the big screen cooking competition

This world of cooking competition is more than just the hard work of tracking down the latest and greatest contests online, creating recipes, photographing boholicious foods, submitting entries and, if you’re lucky, actually making it to a big time kitchen arena where you throw down your best against THE BEST! […]

~opening doors in the world of cooking~

What’s the saying—how you see something depends upon from where you’re looking—that vantage point, that perspective. Well, that’s exactly what this year’s cookoff was for me in 2014 versus 2013. In 2013, I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the Dole arena that Saturday morning, heart […]

~competitive cooking & food styling II~

competitive cooking & food styling II

I know that a lot of my foodie friends are entering the prestigious DOLE Cook-Off~~and, it was about this time last year when I was furiously creating recipes to enter, too, and one of my big concerns was, will my submitted photograph reflect the boholicious of this creation! In my […]

~eggo southern hushpuffies~

eggo southern hushpuffies

Cooking contests bring out the best in me!  I love the thrill of the challenge~~after reading the rules carefully and knowing what the parameters are, my head starts to assimilate and go to work.  Now, most of the time, this ‘thinking’ is at the subconscious level~~and, after a few days, […]

~ally's tatoo~

~ally’s tatoo~

Whatever it takes to remember~~DO IT!  There’re only a few more weeks to get your ideas in~~I mean YOU could win!  California Cookoff is open to most everyone (check rules for who can’t enter!), and they’re looking for creative unique ways to use their products in yummmeeeee recipes~~remember, life’s about taking […]


easter bunny’s hiding wwhhhat

  So you think eggs are the only thing the Easter bunny hides~~come see what’s in my basket!  Click the magic basket (left) to view 30 seconds of fun! #ad #sponsored This blog post & video  is sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods~~all of the opinions are mine. For a full disclosure […]

competitive cooking & food styling I

With the Dole California CookOff 2014 launching soon, as well as other cooking contests currently running, these tips might just come in handy as you’re completing your entry(ies) ~~as the 2013 winner of the Dole CookOff, I can assure you that the stakes are high and probably higher this year!  I’m […]

~are you the next dole cookoff winner~

are you the next dole cookoff winner

Grab the attention of the culinary team at Dole Packaged Foods and you could just be the next contender for a $25,000 grand prize! Sounds kind of bizarre and outrageous winning that kind of money for a recipe, but that’s exactly what the Dole Cook Off does—it gives talented, creative […]

2013~~Highlights of a Lucky Year

2013~~Highlights of a Lucky Year

~~Remembering 2013~~ ~~Some of the Best Ally’s Kitchen’s Chest Bump Moments~~ ~~And this is just a sampling~~ Taste of Israel ~~ Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my cooking and culinary passion would take me to the Holy Land as one of 7 international bloggers invited as guests […]

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

Springroll Blueberry & Rosemary Puffs

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~  Blueberries are truly one of my most favorite fruits!  If you put the world ‘blueberries’ […]

Moroccan Bison Ragu

~moroccan bison ragu~

In the 2013 World Food Championships, I made it to the Top 10 in my category, Recipes.  The ‘infused’ ingredient was bison because the National Bison Council was sponsoring this division of the competition.  So there was just the evening, actually, a few hours, to really think about what my […]

world food championships~~streams of consciousness

world food championships~~streams of consciousness

Not sure where to start sharing with you about this 2013 WFC competition—I think I’ll just do some streams of consciousness and illuminate random thoughts for you—maybe it’ll make sense, no there’s no sequence or order—it’s just letting you have a seat in the balcony of my brain—and listening to […]

World Food Championships Training Tips~~Packing & Playing

Oh, yeah, it’s getting closer and closer~~there’s a combination of exhilaration and angst—nagging ‘anxiety’ of the unknown…pumped excitement for the known! A lot of luggage and boxes are going to be packed.  Boxes and luggage containing all the secret weapons for creating the killer dishes of competitors in each of […]

World Food Championships Training Tips—Planning

World Food Championships Training Tips—Planning

It’s about two months until the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.  Like any other competitive even, there’s training involved.  That may sound quirky for a culinary or cooking competition, but there’s more to this event than just firing up your grill and smackin’ down some good eats! Over the […]

world food championships 2013

world food championships 2013

I’ve qualified for the 2013 World Food Championships!  This is not easy~~after entering many cooking contests, I won the BIG one~~the Dole California Cook-Off~~not chump change~~tweeeennnnteeee five thousand dollars!  Sooooooooooooooo, this means that I’m heading to WFC in Las Vegas to compete in the ‘Recipe’ category! You have no idea […]

Say Cheese! Creating a Masterpiece!

say cheese to creating a masterpiece sandwich

April is ‘National Grilled Cheese Month’ and as it approaches, I am having mixed emotions.  Excited to share my fabulous experience as the 2012 Wisconsin Cheese ‘Grilled Cheese Academy’ grand winner, and sad, because, like Miss America, or in my case, Miss Cheese, I’ll relinquish my crown to the next lucky cheese […]