On December 5, I was hanging out talking cookies on a warm, windy afternoon behind a big church. We used our cell phones as paperweights to hold down the bagged cookies.
I’ve never been a judge in a cookie contest before. It was as fun as you would think; not just for getting to taste a bunch of different cookies, but to think about my own baking experience, talking to the other judge (well, there were supposed to be 3 of us), and then hearing the stories behind the cookie recipes. I managed to carve our 15 minutes of tasting and note-taking before the family found me and gathered around, offering their opinions though they were obediently hands-off.
The “50 states” theme was a cool idea, especially since most (40-some?) states are represented by the university students who participated. The contest was part of a fundraiser for a local music program, so I was happy to help with prizes, too. My hopes for next year’s contest: more publicity, a photographer, more entries/state reps, and a hands-on workshop for participants (after the contest…hey, I’ll teach!)