From Jamaica to Panama, the entrants in Chow Bella's first-ever Mother's Day essay contest took us on a whirlwind tour of maternal culinary inspiration. And boy, are we hungry.
Thanks to all who entered, and particularly to Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, who graciously judged all the entries.
We have first-, second-, and third-place awards to hand out, as well as an honorable mention.
First Place: Kim Kunasek, for an essay about her German-born mother's cooking.
Second Place: Elizabeth Maria Naranjo, for a story about her mother and rice.
Third Place: Emily Hinchman, for an essay about her quest to become as good a cook as her mother -- with a little help from the Food Network.
Honorable Mention: Margaret Burch, for a piece about her mother's Spritz cookies.
Thank you to all of our entrants. Stay tuned -- later this week, we'll share Kim Kunasek's essay and her mother's recipe for pfannkuchensuppe, or pancake soup.