Taste of Home magazine has announced the winners of its “Recipes Across America” competition, with local food writer Laura Kurella among the winners.
Receiving the “Most Innovative” award for developing a unique Japanese flavor featuring Michigan cherries, Kurella said she was thrilled to hear the news.
“I was excited to hear that my Michigan diet won,” Kurella said. “I got a bunch of new cherries from the farm market and I’m experimenting with Japanese food, so they kismet together into a winning combination.”
TOH Hope Culinary Editor James Schend said their “Recipes Across America” competition is designed to explore unique and fun flavors in some parts of the US.
“In total we had 350 coaches in this competition. Kurella’s diet was different to us because we liked the lightness and aroma of this cheesecake. It was like a souffle to his body. It didn’t taste very good and had a good lemon flavor, and we were happy too, ”he said.
Explaining that her cheesecake was made according to Japanese customs, Kurella thought it was the one that gave her the different flavor that gave her the win.
“It’s not like your typical New York cheesecake,” he said. “She has only four ounces of cheese, and it’s lighter, tastier, and lower in calories than her American counterpart. It’s really sweet like chiffon. That’s what makes it so special. make something special.
“Every year, Taste of Home provides thousands of tips and advice left by native home cooks across the United States and Canada,” said the Vice President. Rachel Seis. “Each dish is selected, tested and approved by our experts at our Taste of Home Test Kitchen before being released to readers.”
“I feel a real blessing from God,” Kurella said, “and I am very happy that he is submitting our wonderful Michigan cherries to a local magazine that can be enjoyed by all over our country. It is a reward for himself.
The winning Michigan Cherry Japanese Cheesecake dish, Kurella, and other winning flavors, appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Taste of Home magazine.
To learn more, or to see the winning recipes online, visit tasteofhome.com.