Happy New Year or should I say happy January 3rd! The Recipe Contest for The Chocolate Cupcakes has now ended and the winning recipe will be decided in a few weeks. What happens now, is completely out of my hands and put in the hands of the judges. Not only is this contest put in their hands, it is put in their mouths, ears, nose, eyes and hearts. Many issues play into the making of a "Serious Recipe Contest". Not only does the cupcake, in this instance, have to use certain criteria, it has to taste delicious. It has to smell great! It has to look like a photograph of perfection. It has to even sound great:"The Title". And in your hands and heart, it has to feel good. Many recipes are a work of art unto themselves. You have to know when to stop the thinking process, as well as, the cooking, or in this case, the baking process. Like a great piece of music or art, you need to realize the moment of truth. Cooking is an art form in itself. Many calculations play into the making of a perfect dish, or in this case,"The Perfect Cupcake". The secret ingredient: Butternut Squash Puree! Why? Because it was there! Good luck to all of the contestants and may the best cupcake win!