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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘contest’
Posted: December 1st, 2013
Cookie Monster

Legend has it that Cookie Monster started National Cookie Day.

It’s that time again! National Cookie Day is Dec. 4, and the The Frankie and May Cookie Contest is already underway. First the contest — then National Cookie Day.

Readers submit photos and recipes of favorite holiday cookie creations for a chance to win a $150 Frankie and May  gift card! Here’s how it works:

  • Entrants upload photo and recipe until December 6
  • Photos/Recipes will be voted on December 11-16
  • The top 3 cookies will be chosen based on the most amount of votes
  • Cookies will be made by the bakers at Frankie & May and then tasted at Frankie & May by local food writers and bloggers the week of December 17th.
  • Winners will be announced on GoErie.com the week of December 23rd. Photos of the top three winners will be displayed on GoErie.com.
  • First Place winners will receive a $150 Frankie & May gift card. Second and Third Place winners will receive a $50 Frankie & May gift card.
  • It’s easy — just fill in a form. Snap a photo and upload. Last year, The Frankie and May Cookie Contest was a big hit, and you can see all the delicious entries – 50 recipes right here.  The winners were:
  1. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie – now when I saw this as a first place winner, I wondered how a chocolate chip cookie could beat out some of those other recipes. Well it has four kinds of chocolate …  and nuts. Ho ho ho — and oatmeal. You must read this decadent recipe. I need to make these.
  2. Second place by a nose – Rudolph’s Red Velvet Surprise Cookies. They have quite a surprise inside — cheesecake. Did I mention that I am salivating?
  3. Butterballs rounded out the top three winners. Who among us doesn’t love these morsels?

Judges included our fave Erie Times-News foodies Marnie MeadJennie Geisler and Andrew (Beard vs. Food) Kochirka.

Here’s a video of our food experts analyzing data and cookies. Yumm.

Legend has it that Cookie Monster of Sesame Street fame proclaimed National Cookie Day in the all things Muppet book The Sesame Street Directory in 1980, according to a great article by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway at Examiner.com. And Shoemaker-Galloway offers a collection of 25 Killer Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Holidays. I like her collection for one simple reason — some are easy enough for me to bake. Bar cookies are this girl’s forte. Mix ‘em, shovel them in a pan, bake, slice, and the Eckert and Parker kids eat them by the handful.

You gotta love Cookie Monster for a sweet gift in December. “OMM-nom-nom-nom…

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: November 6th, 2013


Months ago, Intuit launched a contest called Small Business Big Game that will award a small business its own Super Bowl commercial. Some Erie companies entered admirable ideas, but didn’t hit the final Top 20.

However, quite a few women- and family-owned companies did make the Top 20. The contest will narrow down to four finalists in about four days, and the winner will be chosen. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites.

GoldieBlox Engineering toys for girls, Oakland, Calif.  There are no bears in this story. Instead this toy company, headed by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford graduate, sells toys that encourage building skills in little girls. Sterling has a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design and wants to see more women succeed in her field.

Barre Bee Fit, Chicago, Ill.
Written about in Self Magazine and dozens of other places, this workout technique of incorporating the ballet barre into fitness routines is sweeping the country.  Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin started in Chicago, and they have franchises either in or on the wayt to Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis. I think Her Times may have to take a road trip and test this out.

Barre Bee

Here’s the rest of the pack — with 11 companies that manufacture food. The rest fall into a variety of categories.

Locally Laid Egg Company, Duluth, Minnesota
Jackson’s Honest Chips, Crested Butte, Montana
Kebroak BBQ, Hialeah, Fla.
Anda Piroshki, San Francisco, Calif.Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wireacake Bakery, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cops and Doughnuts, Clare, Mich.
Liddabit of Sweets, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Three Jerks Jerky, Venice, Calif.
Food for Lovers, Austin Texas
Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauce, Barrington, Ill.
Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.

Green technology
Urban Wood Goods, Chicago, Ill. – construction
Dairypoop.com, Nampa, Idaho – it’s dairy compost

Personal health and beauty products
Dream Beard, Atlanta, Georgia – better beards
Clean George, Bend, Oregon – natural beauty products

Goodie Two Sleeves, Chatsworth, Calif. – funny T-shirts and more.

Pet foods/services
Woofie’s, Ashburn, Virginia
Barley Labs, Durham, N.C.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 15th, 2012

This is one sweet contest that Frankie and May at West 12th and Peninsula sponsored!

Right now 50 cookie entries are in, and my mouth is watering.

Check them all out right here, and vote for your favorite.

Hurry — contest ends Sunday, Dec. 16. Yumm!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one — all cookie lovers!


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