The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) announced winners in the Winter Fresh Blueberry Blogger Recipe Contest, “Mama’s Plate Update.”
Contestants were encouraged to rejuvenate traditional recipes and to think about blueberries in entirely new ways.
Darlene Buerger and Elizabeth Cowie each won $1,000 for their entries in the savory and sweet categories.
Buerger’s Blueberry Baklava with Honey-Lemon Balsamic Glaze won first place in the sweet category. Cowie took first in the savory category with her Turkey Burger with Blueberries, Ginger, and Lemongrass served with Blueberry Ketchup.
With an abundant supply of blueberries imported from South America between November and February, consumers now enjoy high-quality fresh blueberries all year.
Taking advantage of the year-round availability, bloggers were challenged to put a twist on tradition with Little Blue Dynamos to develop new and unique blueberry dishes.
“The results of the blogger recipe contest show once again that blueberries have great potential for use in recipes that go way beyond the expected pancakes and smoothies,” says Mark Villata, executive director of the USHBC. “We’re impressed with the creativity the bloggers showed in the ways they incorporated blueberries into both sweet and savory dishes.”
The recipes were judged based on their originality, creativity, quality of recipe and photo, and significant use of winter fresh or frozen highbush blueberries.
Two runners-up in each category were awarded $250 in cash prizes: Tracey Harrelson’s Blueberry Gingerbread Streusel Muffins and Daniela Nokes’ Blueberry Pop Tarts in the sweet category; in the savory category, Hannah Grunzke’s Blueberry Cheesecake Challah Rolls and Ilana Pulda’s Blueberry Quinoa Salad.