Linda Miller can cook some peas. In 2012, she successfully defended her title of Best PurpleHull
Pea Cook. In fact, Linda has won the title three out of the past six years.
But she can cook more than peas. At the 2009 Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook Off,
Linda ran away with the competition, winning three of the six caterogies,
including "Best Purple Hull Peas."
The 2017 Great PurpleHull Peas &
Cornbread Cook Off
For those of us who grew up in the
Emerson area, those hot sticky summer days we toiled through as kids had
at least one advantage: There was usually a pot of fresh purple
hulls waiting for us on the dinner table.
Mix in a good piece of hot
cornbread, right out of the oven, and you had cuisine akin to manna from
The PurpleHull Pea Festival tries
to relive some of those great pea dishes of old, and maybe create a few
new ones in the process.
If you think you're a pretty good peas & cornbread cook, we encourage you
to enter the Great
PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook Off, sponsored by Big Daddy's Hot
It will take place at the Emerson School Cafetorium at 9:00 a.m.,
Saturday, June 24.
Bring your dish by 9:00 to check in. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m.
And this year, thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Big Daddy's Hot Water
Cornbread, we'll be offering monetary prizes. The winner in each
category wins $50, and automatic entry into the Best of Show competition.
The winner of Best in Show wins an additional $100!
For more information, contact Joyce Dailey at (501) 416-4657.
Here are the categories for 2017:
Best PurpleHull Peas
Best Original Recipe Using PurpleHull Peas:
Best Condiment / Salsa (pea topping, such as relish, chow-chow, jelly,
First place winners have the
option to have their
recipes put on the festival's Web site. (That is, if he or she wishes to
The peas and cornbread are
judged separately by an independent panel of judges not associated with
Good luck. Let's get cooking!