My Cooking Accomplishments:

2008: Runner-Up in a Hunt's recipe contest.  My Simple Stovetop Chili won me a copy of Martha Stewart's Cooking School.

September 18, 2010: My Mexican Lasagna won me the Summer Cooking Contest at Tried and Tested Recipes.  The prize was a $50 Amazon giftcard.

October 2011: My Crispy Baked Orange Teriyaki Chicken Wings were included in the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Holiday Cookbook. I was a finalist in the appetizer category and was invited to go to Kalamazoo to make my dish for the three judges. (My first time ever cooking for judges!)

September-December 2012: Was chosen for the Fusion Taste Team USA sponsored by WorldFoods. I was one of the members of Team Michigan, and we won! Each blogger won a table set from Thailand, a Lemongrass and Ginger Cookbook, a feature in the Fusion Taste Team USA exclusive e-cookbook (I'm on page 17), a week’s “winning team” promotion across the social channels, and an Asian dining experience cooked by a professional chef in our homes. (Unfortunately, I was not able to receive the last prize as the date the chef was scheduled for me was in February, after our move to Wisconsin.) :(

November 2012: Was chosen by the Today Show as a finalist in their Today Show Home Chef Challenge. My Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza was one of the three finalists in the pizza category and was narrowly beat by another recipe.

November 1, 2012: Halloween Muddy Buddy Snack Mix featured in DailyBuzz Mom's Top 9 Halloween Candy Leftovers. Link: http://moms.dailybuzz.com/halloween-candy-leftovers

November 16, 2012: Cheesecloth Turkey featured in DailyBuzz Food's Top 9 Thanksgiving Table: Turkey Time. Link: http://food.dailybuzz.com/thanksgiving-table-turkey-time#

June 2013: Creamy Pasta and Sausage Skillet featured in DailyBuzz Food's Top 9 From the Skillet. Link: http://food.dailybuzz.com/from-the-skillet

October 18, 2013: Boo-Nana Yogurt Pops featured by Women's Health Magazine. Link: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/halloween-recipes?page=3

November 11, 2013:  Maple Pecan Frappuccino featured in Daily Buzz Food's Top 9 Pecan Perfection. Link: http://food.dailybuzz.com/pecan-perfection

August 27, 2014: I was interviewed by the Kenosha News about ways to use up extra garden tomatoes.  They published three of my ideas and two of my recipes! They included my blog address.  Here is the link to the article on their website, but I think you have to be a paid subscriber to view it: http://www.kenoshanews.com/lifestyles/10_things_to_do_with_all_those_tomatoes_478613124.html  I will scan in a picture of the print article and post it here as well.

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