Binghamton University Dining Services staff compete for best recipes

Schools and Libraries

June 23, 2017

With the goal of creating an inclusive environment for employees, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) held a recipe contest among its staff during the Spring 2017 semester. 

The recipes will be published in an employee cookbook to be gifted to the BUDS staff at the annual welcome back meeting in August. Registered Dietitians Alexa Schmidt and Julie Lee will be including practical tips for healthier cooking.

"Employees submitted many wonderful recipes and a short story about the recipe," said Lori Benson, community liaison. "Our recipe committee reviewed and selected winners by categories for the best story. Winners were given a hot air popcorn popper."

At the welcome back meeting, each winner will prepare their recipe for all employees who will then vote for the favorite. The employee with the most votes will receive a pressure cooker.

"I love having a collection of other people's favorite recipes to start some new traditions for my family to hand down to their children and grandchildren," said Megan Gorski, retail manager. "I can't wait to see the finished cookbook."

Initial winners include:

Appetizers and Beverages: Buffalo Chicken Dip/Ben Forse

"I developed a dozen delicatessen salad and dip recipes for Maines Food & Party Warehouse retail stores.  This recipe is my favorite 'game day' dip to prepare for my friends.  This dip recipe is still prepared and sold by Maines in Binghamton, Syracuse and Scranton."

Soups & Salads: Salad Dressing for Mixed Greens/Junietta Brooks

"My Aunt always made this dressing. No matter what greens you use with this dressing, it was the best.  My children and grandchildren would ask for this dressing each time we have salad."

Vegetables & Side Dishes: Vegetable Medley/Kathy Swearengin

"I do not cook. One Christmas I decided to try this recipe and everyone liked it. I get asked to make it often."

Main Dishes: Slow Cooked General Tso's Chicken/Christopher Daniels

"Everyone loves General Tso's Chicken, but going to a restaurant is expensive. Well, now you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost and all the flavor you love."

Breads & Rolls: Grandma's Potato Donuts/Penny Eldred

"Grandma had 16 children. There are 65 cousins. I don't ever remember a time when she didn't have something baked for all drop-in visitors. These donuts were our favorites. My Mother made them for my children as well.  Now, the recipe with my Mother's handwriting sits framed on my baking table, ready for me to make for the fifth generation."

Desserts: Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting/Tracy Sager

"I remember watching Grandma make this cake.  It seemed like she stirred for hours while we waited to be her tasters. This recipe was in my Grandmother's favorite recipe book. She made it once a year when we went on vacation to Lake George."

Cookies & Candy: Welsh Cookies/Megan Gorski

"This is my Great-Grandmother's recipe from Wales. It is my favorite cookie of all time. When I was little, my Grandmother made them every time I visited."

This & That: Chex Mix Snack/Luz Gonzalez

"Enjoy this snack while watching a movie. My grandkids love making this snack with me. They enjoy helping me."  

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum at 607 777 3014 and via email at