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Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Gingerbread House competition.
1st Place Patrick Noonan ~ Old Well
2nd Place Kaitlyn Beal ~ Barn
1st Place Ann Bailey ~ Tree Stump
2nd Place Robin Bilodeau ~ Red Square
Enjoy viewing images of the first and second place winners in both categories.
Candied Bacon at The Carolina Inn ~ Chapel Hill, NC
This is an amazing recipe...It's sweet! It's savory! It's delicious! If you think everyone loves bacon, you haven't seen them jump into a plate of candied bacon.
Build Your Own Gingerbread House ~ Tips from Executive Pastry Chef Sara Thomas
Executive Chef James Clark and his talented culinary crew has been busy literally making and baking Christmas memories and holiday cheer daily. In fact, Executive Pastry Chef Sara Thomas and her team will make about 2,000 Christmas cookies of all shapes, sizes and designs this month, including 500 for our Christmas Day brunch. Sara says to save room for sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and chocolate stripes.
Sara is really excited to help judge our 10th Annual Gingerbread Village Competition and offers five of her own gingerbread house tips:
1. Have a theme and it does not have to be just Christmas. It could be local landmark or a place that is celebrating a big anniversary, or perhaps a current event. If you want it to be Christmas, then maybe the 12 days of Christmas, Santa’s Workshop, etc.