The Made in Oklahoma Coalition recently conducted a recipe contest, and I was one of a lucky group of judges to try them out and determine winners at The Tasting Room.
Winners were Maria Shivers' sweet and spicy sausage stuffed pork in the Blue Ribbon Dinners category, Summer Lewis, of Tulsa, in the Delectable Desserts category for peanut butter cupcakes, and Chad Davis, of Oklahoma City, was the grand prize winner for his party time appetizer okra and jalapeno hushpuppies.
Chef Matt Johnson prepared all the dishes in his kitchen at the Tasting Room, and did a great job. I love the way he sliced the fresh okra like it was green onion. The texture was terrific and the oft-problematic oozy interior of the vegetable was rendered moot.
Full disclosure: I did try to recuse myself from judging the peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes due to my sometimes inappropriate relationship with that combination of flavors. Yes, I stalk anything smacking of the combo that helped H.B. Reese and his ancestors move to the nice part of Hershey, Pa.
So, without further ado, here are those winning recipes.