Back Burner Recipe Contest, Final Round: And then there were four.

backburnerIt all comes down to this.

Four recipes.

Four videos of Aiming Low staffers trying not to fuck things up.

And you.

Your vote determines it all.

Here’s a reminder of the AMAZING prizes at stake.

  • A Rachel Ray Stock Pot from
  • A fancy schmancy William-Sonoma Slow Cooker Cook book
  • Being featured as the first recipe in the first annual Aiming Low Back Burner Recipe Book, as well as being noted as this year’s WINNER!

The Finalists:

Sexy Mexi submitted by Ashley Navarre

1 can canned Chicken, 1 can Rotel or Green Chilies, 1 can Cream of Chicken, 1 can Cream of Mushroom, 1/2 a bag of Cheddar Cheese.

Dump everything in a bowl, stir it up, bake it for 25-30 minutes. Serve in a bowl with crushed tortilla chips in the bottom. Add a little more cheese on top for good measure. Maybe dollop with sour cream or serve with a side of hot sauce and more chips.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese submitted by Jen Homann

2  pieces of bread, Sun-dried tomato pesto or basil pesto (or whatever kind you like), provolone cheese, butter

Warm skillet.  Spread pesto on bread (I actually like sun-dried tomato on one side & basil pesto on the other, is that weird? oh well, it’s delish).  Place cheese on pesto.  Close sandwich.  Butter outside of bread.  Put on skillet & cook until “grilled”

White Trash submitted by Sugar Jones

White chocolate bark, Cap’n Crunch, Froot Loops, and Trix.

Melt Almond Bark in pyrex dish in microwave for 90 seconds at a time until all squares are melted.

Fold in cereal blend.

Scoop onto cookie sheet or into muffin tins.
(Muffin tins allow for a deeper bark size and more color when cut.)

Let cool in fridge for 30 minutes.

Break into chunks and serve!

Pumpkin Cake submitted by Katie

1 small can of pumpkin puree, 1 spice cake mix, 1 container cream cheese frosting (optional, but NOT REALLY)

1) Preheat oven to the temperature specified on the cake mix box.

2) Mix cake mix and pumpkin. Do not add eggs, oil or anything else. Just mix. Don’t make it complicated.

3) Spread in pan. It won’t rise much, so if you care about what it looks like, smooth the top and stuff.

4) Bake for the amount of time it says on the cake mix box. Check for doneness with a toothpick, but there aren’t any eggs so the world won’t end if you don’t bake it quite enough (just sayin’)

5) Let cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

If you really won’t put the frosting on, cool whip is also acceptable as a topping.

And now, you vote!

Leave us a comment with the name of your favorite recipe, voting open until Friday, February 5th, 10pm EST.

Good Luck!


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  1. PrincessJenn says:

    I have to go with Katie’s Pumpkin Cake recipe… because that just seems way too easy and like something I might even make..maybe…

  2. Mary Jo says:

    All of the finalist recipes sound yum, but I am totally going to try Katie’s Pumpkin Cake recipe! Go Katie! :-)

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  3. Assertagirl says:

    Finally! Something I can make with that can of pumpkin pie filling that’s been in my cupboard for two years.

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  4. Emily says:

    Ooo Sexy Mexi sounds delicious!

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  5. jenbshaw says:

    I vote for Katie’s pumpkin cake because honestly who doesn’t love cake. However, I would like to note that Shauna Glenn has the funniest kids EVAH.

  6. I couldn’t see the Gourmet Grilled Cheese, but seeing how easy-awesome the pumpkin cake was, I’m totally voting for the CAKE!

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  7. Gav says:

    I can’t say I tried all (read: any) of these recipes, so I can’t go by the end product. But if there was ever an Aiming Low recipe – it’s Katie’s pumpkin cake.

    I’d love to see that on Iron Chef America Pumpkin Battle…
    Alton Brown: And it seems like 73 seconds into this battle our challenger is done and checking her email.

    Also, Ali is totally Canadian, just don’t tell her.

  8. Jessi says:

    I’m voting for white trash, but I may only be voting for doing your hair on camera instead of in the mirror. Who knows?

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  9. Anne says:

    Gotta go with the pumpkin spice cake recipe — sounds yummy.

  10. Beth says:

    I’m voting for Katie’s pumpkin cake. Aside from the recipe looking super easy and fitting with the aiming low ideal, it is also just classic to see Maria drop the bowl into the cake pan :).

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  11. IzzyMom says:

    Am I allowed to vote? I’ll assume I am… For recipes, I’m gonna go with the pumpkin cake because it looks impossible to screw up and in my book? That’s a TOTAL WIN.

    For funniest video, however, Motherbumper cracked my ass up repeatedly. Funny. She haz it.

    Shauna Glenn gets longest video AND best boobs because hello? Did you see her rack??? The cute kids may have influenced me a little.

    And Maria gets fastest, most ADD-friendly video.

    And Tena gets video where the food looked the tastiest because damn that grilled cheese DID look yum. Nice food styling, Tena!

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  12. Jodi Hoatson says:

    Gourmet Grilled Cheese! Excellent idea and possibly the fasted from pan to tummy.

  13. Jill B says:

    Pumpkin Cake – easy, creative, good hints.

  14. laurinevans says:

    I was craving cake so much after watching the pumpkin cake video that I made it and it’s baking right now. I didn’t have spice mix, just yellow, but I hope it will be almost as delicious. When a girl’s gotta have cake, a girl’s gotta have cake.

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  15. Emily says:

    I’m going with the Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Sounds delish! The pumpkin cake sounds good, but you can do the same thing w/ Apple pie filling and spice cake.

  16. people! WHITE CHOCOLATE :o) it’s a hands down for moi ~ Miss Sugar’s White Trash goodness. Plus, it’s that time of the month so…

  17. Kadi says:

    I vote for White Trash because it is way easy and has chocolate and we just look like a white trash kinda family!

  18. I vote WHITE TRASH!!!! Froot Loops!? Trix?! Cap’n Crunch?! What’s not to love. (Question: Is Cap’n Crunch a product of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. THere’s something a little odd about the way he looks at me.)

  19. Lauren says:

    Gourmet Grilled Cheese!!!! Who wouldn’t love a spiffed up version of this comfort food classic! Simple and Delicious!!!

  20. White trash all the way :)

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  21. Debbie in Memphis says:

    Pumpkin Cake

  22. jd ep says:

    i vote for White Trash- any thing that has cereal as a major ingredient is an instant favorite

  23. Beth says:

    White Trash for me please ;) Thank you

  24. Steph says:

    I have to go with White Trash. It had me at the name I must admit.

  25. Pass the White Trash please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Sugar Jones says:

    Woopsy!! Shauna… you were only supposed to add in one cup of cereal total. So, you probably had some seriously crunchy White Trash! :)

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  27. Sandy says:

    I vote for the White Trash…even though it stuck…(so do you spray the pan?)LOL it still sounds yummy (cuz I love anything sweet) But the kids cracked me up.

  28. Yum! I have to vote for Sugar Jones’ White Trash! What a fun snack to make with the kids.

  29. MommyMelee says:

    I’m voting for the Pumpkin Cake cause I can verify that it tastes SUPER GOOD and made my husband think it was complicated.

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  30. White Trash…yummmmm!

  31. Anne says:

    Pumpkin cake is the one recipe that entices me to actually try it. Plus the whole, no eggs, no oil thing speaks to me in a dessert I might glut myself on. I’ll probably make a cream cheese butter frosting of my own, just because I don’t care for the canned kind. But I will DEFINITELY try this recipe!

  32. Brandy says:

    White trash all the way for sure!! GO Sugar!

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  33. Tanis Miller says:

    Man, I love me some MotherBumper. But I’m never letting her cook for me.

    And Shauna’s family reminds me of mine. Heh.

    That said, I’m voting for the Pumpkin Cake. As long as Mother Bumper never bakes it for me.

  34. Z says:

    Gourmet grilled cheese is the way to go, too easy not to win.

  35. Deanna says:

    I am gonna have to go with Sugar’s recipe because I contracted diabetes JUST from watching the video!!

  36. AmazingGreis says:

    The Pumpkin Cake looked the easiest, but I don’t like Pumpkin…

    So I’m voting for the White Trash, because YUM, you can’t go wrong with Trix, Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch and because Shauna’s family totally cracks me up!

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  37. I am going to go with Sugar Jones bc even I could make it

  38. frelle says:

    I’m voting for white trash!

  39. Sugar Jones White Trash!!!

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  40. voting for Sugar!!’s White Trash because it reminds me of my childhood…in more ways than one :)

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  41. Jen says:

    The pumpkin cake–can’t ask for an easier dessert!

  42. Zane Aveton says:

    oh oh. I vote for Sugar Jones’ White Trash-ness yumminess.



  43. Iris and ME says:

    White Trash submitted by Sugar Jones

    Chocolate, chocolate, sugar, sugar and more sugar.

    Not that ME and the Boss are not sweet enough already,

    however, at any age a little naughty pleasure is always fun…

  44. VDog says:

    I gotta go with White Trash, obvs. I mean COMON.

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  45. I’d have to go with Sugar Jones’ White Trash. I’ve tasted it first hand and it is soooooo good.

  46. White Trash all the way! If you are going to consume the calories might as well do it up big! I am sure the other recipes are great, but I am going trashy!

  47. Hannah says:

    White Trash. definitely white trash

  48. Suzanne C. says:

    I vote for Sugar Jones’ White Trash…love the video of it being made!

  49. I’m going with the cake, too! B/c spices and pumpkins go well together!!

  50. MonkeyGirl says:

    White Trash, baby! Seriously, white chocolate and sugar laden cereal? Who wouldn’t love that!!

  51. eastland says:

    I’m going to have to say the Gourmet Grilled Cheese…mmmm. Provolooooone.

  52. Kerri. says:

    “Pumpkin Cake submitted by Katie” is what I’m voting for. Because she woke the baby and described the cake as “gnarly.” :D

  53. I am going to have to go with Pumpkin Cake.

  54. White Trash, all the way!!!!

  55. Francis anderson says:

    I’m voting for white trash :) @hipcop

  56. teresa says:

    I vote for Katie’s pumpkin cake. What could be easier? And, it is cake.

  57. La Jolla Mom says:

    I’ve had the white trash and it’s awesome. Vote White Trash!

  58. Wendy says:

    Pumpkin cake for sure! Nummy!

  59. Andrea fellman says:

    White Trash gets my vote! That’s what the kids are getting at the next classroom party!

  60. John Thomas says:

    Katie’s Pumpkin Cake takes it…

  61. Al_Pal says:

    I’m going with the Pumpkin Cake: the ingredient number & amount of work make it truly Aiming Low! :D

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  62. Natasha says:

    Sexi Mexi

  63. Sexi Mexi is exactly the kind of thing the boyfriend will go nuts for, and I’m kinda thinking it will be made at some point this weekend. That gets my vote.

  64. Diana Lee says:

    Katie’s Pumpkin Cake!

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  65. Kathy says:

    Katie’s Pumpkin Cake. Anybody who can cook with vertigo and a sinus infection deserves props. And the cake sounds really good!

  66. mirela says:

    White trash sounds delicious, never had that before~!

  67. Joanna Moore says:

    I vote for Katie’s pumpkin cake.

  68. Anne says:

    Katie! Katie!

  69. Mindy says:

    pumpkin cake…..mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..cake

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  70. Della says:

    I’m too late to vote, but I woulda gone with the last one. That is our FAVORITE sweets recipe at this house – and counts as somewhat healthy too! (Vit A! Fiber!!) Except we make it as muffins, or even mini-muffins (they bake more evenly that way than as a whole cake).
    My FIL asks for this as his birthday cake.

    Also, if you want an easy aiming low meal… Dunno where it came from; we’ve always called it Chicken Glop. This used to be my “make it for my birthday” requested meal.

    16 or 24 oz sour cream
    family size cream of chicken soup
    buncha boneless skinless chicken breasts

    mix wet stuff, pour over breasts in casserole dish.

    350 for an hour and a half.

    easy sides: fork several potatoes and place directly on the oven rack next to the casserole dish when you put it in.
    when you take the glop out, throw some corn niblets in the microwave.

    the “sauce” is good on the potatoes (and i like it on the corn, too) and this is a dish that reheats VERY WELL (coming from someone who doesn’t “do” leftovers).

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