Sheila Moffatt's peach cream pie was the grand prize winner at the Norsk Hstfest's pie contest for the second year in a row.
"I have to use my mom's oven or it won't work," said Moffatt, from Minot, who also won at the North Dakota State Fair pie contest this past summer.
Moffatt told the judges her abilities in the kitchen don't necessarily carry over to other dishes but she makes this one thing really well.
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Sheila Moffatt, Minot, poses with her award-winning peach cream pie after the pie contest at the Norsk Høstfest on Saturday.
Now that she's won the pie contest, she'll be taking orders from family members to make them a pie too, she said.
The grand prize winner won a $500 gift certificate from I. Keating Furniture Store in Minot. Prize winners in each of the three pie categories won a $100 gift certificate from Marketplace Foods, Miracle Mart and Home of Economy.
Marlys Orluck of Minot won first prize in the custard pie division; Berit Stars from Cayuga, Ontario, won in the fruit pie division; and Moffatt also won first prize in the cream pie division.
"She's a good cook," said Orluck's husband, Daniel Orluck. Orluck, who is of German descent, said her rhubarb custard pie is the best dish she makes.
Stars told the judges that she cooks for her husband every day and he always eats what she makes, so she must be a pretty good cook.
The contest was judged by Scandinavian chefs from the Scandinavian kitchen. Comedians Bruce Williams and Terry Ree were among the judges making the final determination for the grand prize winner, though they seemed to have a hard time making up their minds.
"They're all good," said Ree, digging into samples from all three.
Nyla Stromberg, cake department manager at Marketplace Foods in Minot, said she thought Moffatt's pie had the edge with the Scandinavian judges, maybe because it is most similar to what is common in Scandinavian cooking.
"The fruit was what what they were really looking for," said Stromberg.