When she’s not busy baking or cooking, 43-year-old accountant Debbie Limas likes to create homemade greeting cards. She calls her Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers “a spinoff of the traditional sugar cookie, but healthier.” She loves baking with her three sons, and this year is planning to organize a kids’ cookie swap to encourage young children to be active and creative in the kitchen.
Amy Jamison, 33, grows a vegetable garden every year and uses it to teach her girls, Emma and Alison, about healthy eating. She’s been learning to make gluten-free treats, like her Chocolate & Pecan Macaroons, for her gluten-sensitive daughter and mother. She keeps the portion size small, especially during the holidays, so she can have two or three cookies and still keep calories in check.
Our Grand Prize winner received a $2,000 “Baker’s Dream Kitchen” shopping spree from Cooking.com and a year’s worth of organic dairy products from Organic Valley (over $700 value). The five runners-up each received a $200 gift certificate from Cooking.com. All six won a year’s subscription to EatingWell Magazine, an EatingWell wall calendar and two recent cookbooks: EatingWell on a Budget and EatingWell in Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook.