Heirloom Recipe Contest Winner Announced!

Heirloom Recipe Contest


Jamie Burris x3
Well Seasoned
Fayetteville, AR (pop. 73,580)
Member Since Jan 2011

Congratulations to JAMIE BURRIS of Fayetteville, AR! Her KUGELIS was tops in the Just A Pinch Heirloom Recipe Contest. The combination of yummy, breakfast-y flavors, presentation and family story totally won over our panel of judges!

"This recipe was brought by my great-grandparents from Lithuania when them immigrated here in the early 20th century," explains Jamie. "My grandfather then taught my grandmother to make it, who taught my mother, who taught me. It's a dish that I can remember having at my grandparents house when I was little. It's a true heirloom recipe."

Jamie's Grand Prize includes:
  • Travel for two to Nashville, TN
  • Two nights hotel accommodations
  • Two tickets to a Grand Ole Opry performance (subject to scheduling and availability)
  • A $1,000 cook's dream shopping spree at the Viking Culinary Arts Center in historic downtown Franklin, TN
  • ... and the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe with Janet at a Blue Ribbon Showcase Event!

Now, why not ENTER TO WIN some tasty prizes of your own?!

Meet Jamie and Hear About Her Blue Ribbon Experience!

Thanks to all of you who entered your family recipes! We were flat out blown away by all the delicious recipes and touching stories shared by folks from all corners. There were SO many terrific entries, but these deserving gals came in First Place in each of the contest categories:

MAMA'S SWEDISH MEATBALLS - Marybeth Mank of Mesquite, TX
"When I smell these meatballs cooking, they are the smell of heaven to me. My mom is a great cook with a ton of fantastic recipes, but this recipe is by far my most favorite one. I think it stems from when I was growing up. Mom fixed these meatballs for all sorts of potluck suppers, PTA meetings, etc. Often, she would cook them while we were getting dressed for school. Somehow, oatmeal or Cheerios just didn’t cut it when those meatballs were browning. As silly as it may be, I actually dream of these meatballs. Yes, I can cook this recipe for myself, but it just doesn’t taste as good as when Mom cooks it. :-)"

"This is one of my Granny's recipes. Whenever I make this it reminds me of her love and all she did for us. When this is baking in the oven and the smell fills the house, it is like being a child again... My granny raised us and I love to cook foods the remind me of her love..."

ALMOND-LACED BANANA CAKE - Mary Shivers of Western Ada, OK
"Growing up, anytime we had bananas that would get brown spots, Mom would always use them to make her famous cake, usually for Sunday lunch for our very large family. What I didn’t realize was that Mom utilized everything she could, rarely throwing things away if she could help it. Since we didn’t like 'ripe' bananas, this cake was a regular around our house! I love this version I created using almond in three different ways to enhance the bananas; it is great to serve as a dessert but also works well for brunch or even breakfast."

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Melissa Pickering - Sep 1, 2012
Girls from Arkansas really know how to cook! I graduated at West Fork Arkansas and living in Indiana. Nice to see the family heirloom recipe. Makes you feel that much more connected to family! I love these recipes that travel the test of time in the family. What a wonderful gift for family to share! :0)
Jamie Burris - Aug 28, 2012
Thank you all, and thank you Karen for sharing the pic :)!
Eddie Jordan - Aug 22, 2012
Congratulations Jamie, Well I finely got the chance to make your blue ribbon winning recipe, it was great. Have a good trip!!
Natalie Loop - Aug 13, 2012
Congrats Jamie and enjoy the trip!
karen morris - Aug 12, 2012
OMG I have relatives that live in Fayetteville! I've been there many times. Congratulations on winning. This is a pic of me 30 years ago holding my first child. I dun't why why, but I felt like sending it.

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Nanci Wilson - Aug 4, 2012
Congratulations Jamie....enjoy your trip!
Jamie Burris - Jul 31, 2012
Thank you all for the congrats and I appreciate all of them greatly!
C T - Jul 25, 2012
Gail, I am new to 'Just a Pinch' Also, It's a great little place, I'm so glad I stumbled upon it! SO, HELLO to you, & everyone else! Now to answer your question - you see the photo of her finished Product? Underneath in the first sentence is 'Congrats' & you will find the word 'KUGELIS' highlighted, click on the word &there is your link to her recipe! Easy peasy! Good Luck!
Jewel Hall - Jul 22, 2012
Congratulations Sweet LADY, you are an awesome cook !! I'm impressed. Have fun !!

Lori Allred - Jul 14, 2012
congrats to my neighbor for winning, awesome Jamie, so glad for you,
Jacquelyn Quattro - Jul 9, 2012
Martha Stension - Jul 9, 2012
Congratulations! Have a nice trip.

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Martha Stension - Jul 9, 2012

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Jamie Burris - Jul 8, 2012
Thank you Deborah and Karie!
karie kuras - Jul 7, 2012
Congrats fellow Arkansas girl