Originally Published: December 16, 2006 4 a.m.
Like proud parents glowing over a child's achievements, the employees at the Wal-Mart on Gail Gardner Way are beaming with pride about two women who, in some ways, could be seen as local celebrities.
Recipes by Jackie Phillips and Terri Kuykendall are part of the 2007 Wal-Mart Family Cookbook.
A panel of professional home economists judged the winning entries from Phillips, an invoice clerk, and Kuykendall, a customer service supervisor. All 1.3 million Wal-Mart associates were eligible to participate in the contest from the corporation's geographical region of Arizona, Texas, California, New Mexico, Washington, Hawaii and Arkansas.
The 2007 cookbook is a spiral-bound, full-color publication containing 100 recipes, and is available at area Wal-Mart stores for $4.96.
"We didn't even know we had both put in for it. We found out about each other later," said Phillips, a mother of three children with 10 grandchildren, who won for her "Banana Cream Pudding for a Crowd" recipe.
Kuykendall said she only learned about Phillips' participation in the contest when she started chatting with co-workers after receiving a confirmation letter about her winning dessert entry. Kuykendall, whose winning main-dish recipe, "Five-Minute Chili," still feels humbled by the experience that earned the two women instant fame from publication in a nationally distributed cookbook and a book-signing in October at the Gail Gardner store.
"It's just nice to see your name in print," said Kuykendall, the mother of two and grandmother of six. "It was a fun thing to do."
The winning recipes required, one could say, winning ingredients, according to Kuykendall, who said each recipe had to have no more than 12 ingredients and at least one out of approximately one-dozen food products.
In Phillips' recipe, she used a Jell-O dessert product and one of the products listed for Del Monte foods.
Together, Kuykendall, who lives in Prescott and Phillips, a Chino Valley resident, have more than 50 years of cooking experience.
The contest has increased their confidence to not only create new and unusual meals, but to try again in next year's cookbook compe-tition.
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