The last time I was a finalist in a competition I was about 9 years old, and it was Halloween. I colored my pirate, or maybe it was a pre-Harry Potter witch riding a broom… What ever it was my house painting skills apparently had already been developed enough at that tender young age to keep my creatively chosen colors inside the lines better than about 90% of the other nine-year-olds in Bend who bothered to take the time to submit a coloring to our local newspaper’s Halloween coloring contest. I became the proud owner of one of the top finalist, consolation prizes! My mom drove me down to the Bend Bulletin and I got to pick out my very own pumpkin from a pile out front. I never forgot what it felt like to win, and I’ve been chasing the thrill ever sense.
Ok, so maybe that early taste of winning and roasted pumpkin seeds hasn’t actually been driving me to compete quite as intensely as I may have made it sound, but I do still enjoy the thrill of competition, so when Dani came home from the local extension office after delivering a few soil samples from our backyard garden plot, with a flyer describing an annual cooking competition the Georgia Egg Commission puts on to celebrate National Egg Month, it only took a little convincing on her part for me to get excited about the opportunity to test out my culinary aptitude. The theme this year, beside egg, is “Your Supreme Pizza With Eggs”. It had to be an original recipe, incorporate at least 4 whole eggs, feed four people, be able to be prepared in under 60 minutes, and the person entering the competition had to be at least 13 years old. After I checked my birth certificate, I knew I had a chance!
Dani and I had two completely different ideas, so we decided to both enter a recipe. Being indoctrinated by such Food Network shows as Master Chef, I must admit there was some pretty sharp criticism that took place in our kitchen, but the end results were two fantastic breakfasts and two completely unique entries. We got our individual entries stuffed into envelopes and in the mail just in time for the deadline, and then I pretty much forgot about it. You can imagine my surprise when Dani called me at work this morning to let me know that my recipe had been chosen as a top ten finalist!
On May 16, we are headed to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia so that I can prepare my egg inspired pizza for judges in a competitive cook-off…what was I thinking?! I’ve realized I may want to practice my recipe a few more times before we go. I already started doing forearm curls to build up my egg whipping muscles. If you’re reading this, and happen to be one of the lucky 10,000 residents of Thomaston, Georgia, you may get a chance to sample my entry before everyone else. Whether I win or not, I’ll post the recipe along with a follow up story after the big event. If I win, the cash prize would probably pay for a nice family vacation! We haven’t seen a white sand beach yet, and we’ve been living here for over a year now. Maybe it’s time…
Dani will share her recipe tomorrow for her Supreme Breakfast Calzone Bites so come back and try them ….because they’re delicious….and addicting….I ate like 10 of them…..don’t judge me.