The Times West Virginian

July 29, 2011

Slow and steady wins the ribbon

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Bobbi Kozul is proof that slow and steady really does win the race ... and the blue ribbon.

Her “Mama Roberta’s Hot Dog Sauce” took home top prize in the Times West Virginian’s “My Favorite Recipe” cook-off for July.

This is the recipe she said she’d been working on for the past 30 years.

“I always just dumped or sprinkled the ingredients,” she said earlier. “Then it would turn out different each time.

“It doesn’t taste the same, people’d say. When my kids grew up and moved out, they wanted the recipe. So then I had to measure it,” she said with a grin.

“Now I have it to where everybody really likes it.”

Including the “My Favorite Recipe” tasting panel at the newspaper.

“I am extremely thrilled to win,” she said. “My hope was that I’d perfected it enough that it would be the best in Marion County.”

She’s got the $100 prize money already spent.

“I want to get a fire pit,” she said with a laugh.

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