Pumpkin soup, corn souffle: Award-winning Thanksgiving recipes

Pumpkin soup, corn souffle: Award-winning Thanksgiving recipes


The first-ever North State Cooks contest is coming to the Record Searchlight November 22. Show us your side dishes, and a panel of local celebrities will choose the winner, whose recipe will be published in the paper and on Redding.com.

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Still looking for a few dishes to add to your Thanksgiving spread? 

The Record Searchlight’s first-ever North State Cooks contest ended in a tie Friday, and the wining recipes are below. 

Judges included Record Searchlight Executive Editor Silas Lyons, food reviewer Marc Beauchamp, Redding Citizen of the Year Naomi Yamamoto, Shasta College culinary instructor Ryan Manley and Northern Valley Catholic Social Service’s Robyn Seamans. 

The theme was side dishes for Thanksgiving. The panel of five rated the dishes’ flavors on a scale of 1 to 10, with half-points allowed.

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Record Searchlight reporter Alayna Shulman, right, stands by as judges sample the final dish from the paper’s first-ever North State Cooks contest in this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 picture. (Photo: Jenny Espino/Record Searchlight)

With a total of 41 points each, the winners were Mimi Moseley’s pumpkin soup and Dee Domke’s corn souffle.

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Here are the winning recipes: 

Pumpkin soup


  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup half & half or heavy cream

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Shasta College culinary instructor Ryan Manley judges Mimi Moseley’s winning pumpkin soup recipe at the Record Searchlight’s North State Cooks contest in this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 picture. (Photo: Jenny Espino/Record Searchlight)

Directions: Saute the onions and garlic in butter. Add curry, coriander, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook together for several minutes. Add broth and boil gently for 20 minutes. Then, stir in the pumpkin and half & half. Cook 5 minutes, then puree. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

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Corn souffle (serves 8 to 12) 


  • 1 can cream-style corn (16 oz.)
  • 16 ounces niblets corn, drained
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 small package of Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 package of sour cream (16 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Combine all ingredients and pour into the dish. Cover and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. For the last 5 minutes, take off the cover to let the top brown. Casserole should be firm and very moist. The cook recommends pairing it with roast, ham, beef, fish or barbecued chicken. “Definitely comfort food from the Midwest,” she said. 

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Contestants and guests at the Record Searchlight’s North State Cooks contest mingle in this Nov. 22, 2019 picture. (Photo: Jenny Espino/Record Searchlight)

Original story: Recipe contest announced

Now is your chance to prove your signature side dish rules the Thanksgiving table.

The Record Searchlight is asking readers to share their favorite holiday side for a November recipe contest.

Contestants submit an online entry form, then bring their culinary creation with detailed recipe to the Record Searchlight to be judged by a panel of five that includes executive editor Silas Lyons, restaurant reviewer Marc Beauchamp and 2018 Redding Citizen of the Year Naomi Yamamoto.

The contest winner will have their name and recipe featured in the newspaper and on Redding.com.

Here are the rules:

  • Entrants should live in Shasta, Trinity, Tehama or Siskiyou counties.
  • Entrants should be available to bring their dish to the Record Searchlight at 1101 Twin View Blvd. in Redding by 6 p.m. on Nov. 22.
  • Entrants should be willing to have their name, hometown and recipe published in the Record Searchlight and on Redding.com
  • Entrants should follow general food-safety standards found here: https://bit.ly/2MZOogd

You can fill out a submission form here: https://bit.ly/2C4EPpX or in this article on Redding.com.

So come on, Shasta County! Roll up your sleeves and show us your sides.

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Naomi Yamamoto was named Citizen of the Year. (Photo: Courtesy Redding Chamber of Commerce)

Marc Beauchamp mug (Photo: Greg Clark)

Silas Lyons on Thursday, February 7, 2019. (Photo: Ron Holman)

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