2020 “Blue Ribbon” Maine Blueberry Recipe Contest Entries

fresh blueberriesIn honor of Maine’s traditional fair season, UMaine Extension had a blue ribbon contest for the best recipe using wild or highbush blueberries grown in Maine.

We are pleased to announce that we had two entries so we’ve declared it a TIE!

Jump to Recipe Contest Entries

The judges are considering how to best include these recipes in our EFNEP and “Mainely Dish” Recipe Video Series recipe collections.

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  • Kate Yerxa, Expanded Food, and Nutrition Education Program Coordinator
  • Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor
  • Alex Gayton, Nutrition Education Professional, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Recipe Contest Entries:

Penne with Gorgonzola Cream and Maine Blueberries

a bowl of penne pasta with a cheese sauce and blueberries in a dish on a table
Lynne Holland’s dog Little Baxter looks on in envy because his dinner doesn’t include Penne Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream and Maine Blueberries (from Cindy Eves-Thomas’ recipe). — Photo by Lynne Holland

Cindy Eves-Thomas, UMaine Extension Webmaster

About the Recipe: The original recipe called for dried cranberries and walnuts. Not having either on hand, I substituted blueberries and pecans. I love the flavors of this dish and although it’s simple and quick to put together, it looks and tastes fancy enough for company.

Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 16 ounces petit penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola (or blue cheese) crumbles
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a roux; stir 30 seconds until light gold. Slowly add milk and stir constantly until milk begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Add cheeses and stir until completely melted.
  • Drain pasta. Toss with cheese sauce. Top with blueberries and nuts. Serve immediately.

Blueberry Pudding Cake

Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15-20 minutes | Bake Time: 45 minutes | Oven Temperature: 350°

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Original Blueberry Pudding Cake recipe cards, given to Tara Wood from her husband’s grandmother Elizabeth Wood in 2000, as a bridal shower gift.

Tara Wood, Administrative Specialist, UMaine Extension in Washington County

About the Recipe: This recipe was given to me by my husband’s grandmother, Elizabeth Wood, at my bridal shower in 2000. She was a wonderful baker and worked at the local elementary school as a cook for many years. She passed in 2001 and our daughter who was born a few months after her death has Elizabeth as her middle name in her memory. This recipe has always been a treasure.


  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup of boiling water


  • Place blueberries in the bottom of an 8-inch square cake pan.
  • Melt shortening.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, ¾ cup sugar, and milk; mix well.
  • Spread this batter over the berries.
  • Mix 1 cup of sugar and the cornstarch together and sprinkle over the batter in the pan.
  • Pour the boiling water over this.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ice cream.

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