Garden Guide Recipe Contest Winners

Recipes using fresh ingredients from the garden

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
Butternut Squash Spice Cake
Becky Luigart-Stayner

We are pleased to share these delicious winning recipes from past Garden Guide recipe contests—using fresh ingredients from the garden!

Stay tuned for the 2018 winners of the Peas Recipe Contest!  We’ll post the winning recipes in the next edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide and here on

2017 Butternut Squash Recipe Contest Winner

Our first prize recipe is the spongy butternut squash spice cake featured in the photo above.

First Prize: Aunt Carol’s Holiday Chiffon Spice Cake
by Darlene Bueger of Peoria, Arizona

Second Prize: Roasted Butternut and Red Pepper Dip
by Shauna Havey of Roy, Utah

Third Prize: Butternut Squash With Penne and Sausage
by Sue Fine of Reisterstown, Maryland

Roasted Butternut and Red Pepper Dip Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2016 Apple Recipe Contest Winners

Our first prize winner is an easy and delicious recipe that’s perfect for lunch after apple picking or visiting your local farmers’ market.

First Prize: Smoked Turkey and Green Apple Panini
by Allison Zimmer of Hilton, New York

Second Prize: Nebraska Apple Cake
by Dorothy Rieke of Julian, Nebraska

Third Prize: Roman Apple Bundt Cake with Penuche Drizzle
by Lori McLain of Denton, Texas

Smoked Turkey and Green Apple Panini Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2015 Potato Recipe Contest Winners

Who doesn’t love a hearty meal of potatoes? These recipes are all sure to satisfy your craving for this yummy staple. Our first prize winner is a fun twist on mashed potatoes.

First Prize: Stuffed Mashed Potatoes
by Gina Kleinmartin, Buffalo, New York

Second Prize: Hash Brown Roundup
by JoAnne Cameron, Comox, British Columbia

Third Prize: Eggless Potato Salad
by L. Jones-Hodge, Morrisville, North Carolina

Stuffed Mashed Potatoes Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2014 Berry Recipe Contest Winners

Our first prize winner is a simple recipe that’s delicious as a side dish with pork, beef, or chicken. It can also be served on top of plain pasta.

First Prize: Blueberry-Kidney Bean Salad With Fresh Vegetables
by Oscar Righetti, Bracebridge, Ontario

Second Prize: Strawberry Walnut Bread With Strawberry Spread
by Katie Mae, Guilderland, New York

Third Prize: Celebration Pear-Berry Pie
by Amy Freeze, Avon Park, Florida

Blueberry-Kidney Bean Salad With Fresh Vegetables Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2013 Zucchini Recipe Contest Winners

Even if it’s not zucchini season (when we’re inundated with the harvest!), this vegetable is a staple in the grocery store. Here are some creative ways to eat zucchini:

First Prize: Zucchini Mock Crab Cakes
by Peter Scallantino, Dallastown, Pennsylvania

Second Prize: Apple Zucchini Slaw
by Barbara Dentoni, Felton, California

Third Prize: Lemon Zucchini Orzo Summer Soup
by Jessica Kleinbaum, Plant City, Florida

Honorable Mention: Hasty-Tasty Stuffed Zucchini
by Tyrrell Hunter, Brunswick, Maine


2012 Tomato Recipe Contest Winners

Though tomatoes are almost always in the grocery store, there’s nothing like a vine-fresh tomato off the plant. Here are some recipes using America’s favorite crop:

First Prize: Triple Tomato Tortellini Toss
by Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

Second Prize: Fire Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
by Kristen Thomas-Vaticano, Port St. Lucie, Florida

Third Prize: Tomato Spice Quick Bread
by Brenda Radella, Cranberry, Pennsylvania

Triple Tomato Tortellini Toss Photo credit: Lou Eastman

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