SHARON ESHELMAN

Grand Prize Win­ner

Taste of Home - - Contest -

WHAT IN­SPIRED YOU TO PUT THIS TWIST ON BAKLAVA?

I like the fla­vor of tra­di­tional baklava but not the ex­treme sweet­ness. I thought of the top­ping on a peach cob­bler that my sis­ter-in-law made, and I won­dered if I could make a cookie that I could add honey, wal­nuts and cin­na­mon to. This is the re­sult.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO COOK FOR THE HOL­I­DAYS?

I love mak­ing the tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas meals. Fruit and nut stuff­ing and fresh cran­berry rel­ish are hol­i­day musts, as well as pump­kin pie made with a touch of mo­lasses.

HAVE YOU WON A COOK­ING CON­TEST BE­FORE?

I won first prize in a chili cook-off and the grand prize for my New Eng­land seafood chowder at my church. A friend has won sev­eral bak­ing con­tests, and af­ter tast­ing my Baklava Thumbprint Cook­ies, she en­cour­aged me to sub­mit the recipe to this con­test.

WHAT COOK­ING TIPS CAN YOU SHARE WITH OUR READ­ERS?

En­joy the process of cook­ing and bak­ing. Don’t be­come frus­trated if some­thing doesn’t come out the way you thought it would. I’m more com­fort­able in my sewing room than bak­ing things in the kitchen, but va­ri­ety is the spice of life, so reach out and do some­thing new. You may be sur­prised, as win­ning this con­test sur­prised me.

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