Prime peach: Baker named winning cobbler after her daughters

Jean Marie’s Fresh Peach Cobbler, by Elizabeth Bissonnette of Grand Junction.

Elizabeth Bissonnette making her winning peach cobbler dish.


The Palisade Peach Festival Recipe Contest definitely celebrated the power of the taste of the Palisade peach with more than 110 entries.

What a year and what fun we all had Saturday. A huge thank you to those who entered, our volunteers, committee members and the judges.

Elizabeth Bissonnette, who received the grand prize in the miscellaneous non-refrigerated category, couldn’t be at the festival for the announcement of the winners because she was working. When I called her Sunday morning to give her the news, she was delighted and she told me a story.

It turns out we first met a few years ago at a McDonald’s play area.

She was with her little twin daughters, and I was with my granddaughter. The children played together while Bissonnette and I had a nice chat.

Fast forward to this year, when Bissonnette entered the peach recipe contest in honor of her mother, who entered many contests and won often. Bissonnette still has her mother’s ribbons and now carries on the family’s winning tradition.

In preparation for this peach recipe contest, Bissonnette wanted to enter a cake recipe. She tested the recipe eight times, but still wasn’t happy with the results.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, she was in a quandary. What to do about her contest entry?

Then something, or perhaps, someone, told her to give up the cake idea and make her special peach cobbler, Bissonnette said.

She arrived at the contest with her warm dish in time to enter. She named her recipe using her daughter’s middle names: “Jean Marie’s Fresh Peach Cobbler.”

Enjoy whipping up Bissonnette’s recipe and the contest’s other winning recipes.

Click HERE to read the winning recipe, and others in the category.

Thank you to all who entered. You make the contest what it is.


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