Bacon-sprinkled muffins win governor's state fair contest

Tuesday , September 10, 2013 - 9:46 AM

Valerie Phillips photo Cheryl Phipps, of Clearfield, won $150 for her first-place Carbonara Muffins....

Valerie Phillips

A bacon-laden Carbonara Muffin took the $150 prize at the Governor’s Favorite Muffin Contest at the Utah State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Cheryl Phipps, of Clearfield, a veteran of State Fair cooking contests, said she used savory flavors over sweet because she wanted to do “something different.”

In announcing the winner, Gov. Gary Herbert said this muffin was the personal favorite of first lady Jeanette Herbert, who also helped judge. There were 15 entries in the contest.

Phipps said her muffins first started out using ham and cheese, but the ham flavor didn’t come across very well.

“So I decided to use bacon because I felt I needed something that comes out a little more,” she said. “Someone trying them said they taste like carbonara, and that changed the whole way I thought about it.”

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