No one makes Club Quiches quite like Barbara Miller.
Miller recently received a blue ribbon award for her "Sophisticated Individual Club Quiches" from Just A Pinch Recipes — a new online community created by and for cooks in America's hometowns. According to its website, it is the "largest collection of real recipes from real home cooks."
The site has more than 500,000 users and more than 100,000 recipes. Blue Ribbons are awarded to recipes that prove to be outstanding. Recipes that are submitted to the site are vetted for blue ribbon-worthiness. The top recipes that move through the process are cooked in Just A Pinch Recipe's test kitchen.
When conducting the taste test the kitchen crew considers the creativity, taste, ease of preparation and originality.
"We continually add new features to the [Just A Pinch Recipes] club based on the feedback of our members," said Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. "It's because of people like Barbara Miller, who is proud to share her family's favorite recipes with other hometown cooks, that the club has become so popular and is growing so fast."
Miller, 60, started sharing her recipes on Just A Pinch two years ago. Miller said she often prepares her individual club quiches for brunch and said it has become one of her most requested recipes.
"They are very simple to make and they're good for you too," Miller said.
This isn't the first time Miller's recipes have been recognized. She recently won fourth place in Taste of Home's "Great American Pie Show" contest with her Vermont Maple Oatmeal Pie recipe. Her recipe placed out of 1,200 residents, she said.
"Cooking has always been my passion," Miller said. "I lived around a family where everything was homemade."
Miller will be blogging about food in her column "Dining With the Kitchen Diva" on Oakdale Patch. Check out her preview here and stay tuned for her next column.