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Sunshine State Eggfest 2011 Pix

Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,806
edited 10:05PM in EggHead Forum
I'm at the tail-end here...I got home at 1 AM Monday morning and am not through unpacking yet. It was a jam-packed and energetic weekend and full of wonderful people and amazing cooking.

This is ClayQ and the wonderful bratwursts he brought from Wisconsin. I haunted him till they were ready to serve. When I lived in Madison WI I spent a lot time at the Brathaus restaurant.

Here are pix from the Iron Chef contest:

Jay (SSN686) and Kathy. (One of my best taste memories: Jay and Kathy's incredibly delicious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Watch for it when the recipes are published.)

Julie (Mainegg), "The Girl With the BGE Tattoo," now on the best sellers' list.

Faith (Florida Grillin Girl), Dr. Bill (lowercase bill), and Julie were the team.

The first round of ingredients for the competition displayed. The tomatoes were the first to go, and garlic was second.

BILL (lowercasebill), Rebecca (eenie meenie) and Jay (SSN686) choosing ingredients. [It is just a possibility, nothing definite to go on, but I think eenie meenie (Rebecca) may have hidden lowercasebill's shoes, which forced him to go barefoot for the ENTIRE weekend. That's why SHE stepped on the hot grape tomato (karma) and lost her glasses (temporarily), and Bill went without a scratch. Just a theory.]


I believe his name is Carlo. I could only take good pictures of the two teams in good light, as the tent over the further teams made it too dark to photograph.

The team captains watching their plates being judged. big'un, Carlo, Jay, Faith, and ?.

The after-party just starting:


In the foreground is Ruth Dunham, Mrs. Sparky66. A wonderful lady!

That's PattyO in the middle in a gray shirt. Very nice to have met her. The scraped-dry CI skillet in the left corner is from Mainegg's Roasted Grape Tomato dish that set everyone back on their heels.

Jupiter Jim and KayNoCook, two of the nicest people on earth. Don't think Kay is 1) drained of blood...she has full rosy cheeks and is in bad light, and 2) not a cook, as she made me swoon with the first taste of her pineapple pie. Jim has great alligator stories to tell.

Here are two pictures because Faith wanted to make sure she got the ones she's smiling in. This is #1, Michelle (Little Chef); her mom Barbara; itsy-bitsy Pat, Faith's mom; and Faith (Florida Grillin Girl).

This is #2.

Sabrina and Mike Storno (Pork Butt Mike). He is one of the group that planned this sensational event, and such a sweet guy. I hope he's had time to recharge after all this work!

And a very special thanks to Pat Poolman for picking me up, and to King Richard, my very own personal tour guide to the wonders of Melbourne. Here is a typical saucy Melbourne touch:


The Yen Yen restaurant's famous Heavenly White Prawns that Richard has just about duplicated:

And last of all, thanks for the Pearl hot dogs that he tended with such meticulous care till my plane took off.


I grilled one on the Mini, along with a whole wheat bun, then loaded it Chicago style with mustard, onions, sweet relish, and sport peppers, with a spear of Nathan's Half-Sour Dill Pickles. Yes, I did already take a bite out of one end. Of course you can't see the hot dog under all that. I grilled a whole tomato till soft and the skin slipped off, and mixed it with green beans.

Quite an event-filled few days, and everyone who worked on it deserves a huge round of applause!!!!!

Judy in San Diego


  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 2,277
    Hi Judy
    Thanks for the pictures, I think that is not the best one of Kay :silly:
    Glad you had a great time and hope ya can make it next year.
    Gator Boy :) Jupiter Jim

    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

    Okeechobee FL. Winter

    West Jefferson NC Summer

  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    it was great to meet you ,, hopefully next year i won't be so tied up and we will have time to talk coffee and such.
    karma can be nasty? [ i was the someone who insisted she try the tomato dish :blush: ]
  • Help, Carlo!!!!
    I'm drowning :laugh:
    :blush: :woohoo:
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,332
    WOW - from CA to FL - I bet you won the coveted prize for coming the furthest - right? What are you going to do with that $5,000 cash prize?
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,806
    When the check comes, I'm going to buy more Witchy Red from you, and the rest will go for buying diamonds from Faith. I'll keep you posted.
    Judy in San Diego
  • Those are great pictures, Judy. Except the one of Kaynocook! I am so happy to have met you. My mom enjoyed meeting you, too. You did travel the farthest, I think. You should win a prize for that too.

    Thanks for posting the smiling pics of me! I hope you can come to FL again sometime.

    Tell me, I'm dying to know, how were those shrimp I kept hearing so much about?
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Judy, Great pictures, they tell the story. I love the "theory"!
    Colorado Springs
    "Loney Queen"
    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
    Bill Bradley; American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • Thanks for the pictures Judy

  • WWSisWWSis Posts: 1,448
    Wow, Judy...really nice pics. :) Didn't get there this year, but recognize familiar faces and background from last. Maybe next year! B) :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Judy, it was great to have met you! :)

    BURP :lol: : :lol: :woohoo:
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Sounds like EVERYONE had a BLAST! Thanks for the pics. :)
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    Nice pics Judy, great meeting you and hope you enjoyed it
  • What a party!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Judy for all the pic's and names. It's always nice to see faces to names you haven't seen before. BTW I was born in Madison, Wi. ;) Tim
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Judy: Great pics! I need to get a couple of those pics emailed to me! Great job! I will send you an email. And truly, it was wonderful to finally meet you! Thanks for coming! Hope to see you again at the Fest next year!
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,806
    Do you mean the Snow White Prawns from Yen Yen Restaurant? If so, they were delicious! Apparently major dunking in a mayo-based and citrus sauce after being fried. They were quite unique.
    Judy in San Diego
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,806

    I was delighted to meet YOU! All the teasing and mayhem made for a fun-filled weekend.

    And I've continued my search for the best glazed pecan recipe and have found it, if you are interested.
    Judy in San Diego
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673

    This works for a PC . . . right click on the photo posted on the Forum and you'll get a drop down menu and then "Save picture as" and then you save it to a folder on your 'puter.
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,806
    That is a great tip! It works on the Mac too, says "Save Image As." I've seen it dozens of times and never connected the dots. THANKS!
    Judy in San Diego
  • Pork Butt MikePork Butt Mike Posts: 2,584
    Judy it was great to finally meet you. Thanks for the great pictures, hope you enjoyed us East Coast Eggheads. Just wish we had time to chat with everyone some more. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Do tell please. :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Send the recipe my way Judy!!!!! :)

    *BTW, if Pat was not present, there would be no mayhem.
  • What a great tour guide Richard was. Yes we all enjoyed those prawns!
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