Crestview mom cooks up prize-winning mashed potatoes

Colleen Barrett cook

Colleen Barrett, left, and her mother, Diana Weeks, prepare Thanksgiving dinner in 2012. Weeks' mashed potatoes recipe proved a blue ribbon-winner.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

CRESTVIEW — When Colleen Barrett's mother, Diana Weeks, experimented with the family's mashed potatoes, Barrett raised a fuss.

"I was the mashed potato kid and I loved my mashed potatoes," Barrett said. "My mom made these weird mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and I loudly protested. But it was a hit and that's all we make now."

The family recipe was also a hit with Just a Pinch Recipes, a social network for home cooks. Barrett had posted the recipe almost a year ago, and recently was surprised to discover it had won a blue ribbon.

"Blue ribbons are awarded to recipes that prove themselves outstanding," Just a Pinch spokeswoman Annakate Ross stated in an email.

All recipes submitted to the website are eligible for the award. The site currently contains more than 130,000 recipes. Janet Tharpe, the site’s food editor, and her crew prepare the top contenders.

"The technical considerations are creativity, taste, ease of preparation and originality," Ross stated. "Only about 2 percent of all the recipes on the site have received this honor."

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