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Austin, TX -, the largest online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide, conducted a nationwide search for the best pancake recipe. More than 100 recipes were submitted from innkeepers from coast to coast in the Pancakes with Personality Contest. On January 4, 2008, two New Hampshire innkeepers went spatula to spatula in the final competition for the best pancake recipe, and Joanne Nichols of the Arbor Inn B&B in Rye, NH, was named the winner. Flipping off against fellow-finalist Cyndi Cobb of the Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, NH, Nichols wowed the judges with her Lemon Buttermilk Ricotta Cheese Pancakes with fresh berries and sweet lemon sauce.

The Pancakes with Personality final competition was held at the Three Chimney's Inn, in Durham, NH. Judges included Food Editors from New Hampshire Magazine, national daily newspapers and Portsmouth Mayor, Steve Marchand.

"It was a really tough choice," commented Sandy Soule of and also a judge in the contest. "We reviewed and tested more than 100 recipes from innkeepers located coast to coast, but the two from New Hampshire stood out among the crowd as finalists," said Soule. "Joanne's Lemon Buttermilk Ricotta Cheese Pancakes, highlighted by lemon sauce, were among the most delicious pancakes I've ever tasted," explained Soule.

Joanne Nichols won $1,000 in cash and a $2,000 gift card, welcomed at nearly 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, she won a Platinum level membership to

As runner-up, Cyndi Cobb won $500 in cash, a $1,000 gift card plus a gold-level membership to

Joanne Nichols has been an Innkeeper for nine years. Prior to owning and operating the Arbor Inn Bed and Breakfast, she owned a fine dining restaurant in Kennebunkport, catering company and bakery/caf?. Nichols won numerous culinary awards in national and regional cooking and baking contests for her specialty cakes, chocolate creations, and gingerbread house creations. Baking, pastry and pancake flipping have been her personal interest for many years. In December 2007, Nichols opened Blasphemy's Bakery, just a little wicked, an internet-based organic bakery; The Arbor Inn Cookbook, will be published in February 2008.

Leading up to the finale, chose semi-finalist and honorable mentions, listed below.

Semi finalists:

Forty Putney Road, Amy's Perfect Amaretto Almond Pancake

A Bed & Breakfast at Whimsy's Knoll, Bananas Foster Whimsey Cake

Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, Cinnamon Roll Griddle Cakes with Apple Walnut Topping

The Artist's Inn & Gallery, Happy Apple Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream

On the Beach Bed & Breakfast, Rustic Pumpkin Pancakes with Hazelnut

Evergreen Inn Bed and Breakfast, Grand Marnier Pancakes

The Inn at Clamber Hill, Pear Almond Pancakes

Loganberry Inn, Carrot Cake Pancakes

The Shelburne Inn, Pumpkin Griddle Cakes

Yates House Bed & Breakfast, Original Yates House Caramel Apple Pecan Pancakes

Honorable mentions:

1911 Montgomery Inn B&B, Breakfast Delectable Pancakes

Cocoa Cottage B&B, Red, White and Blueberry Pancakes

DC Guesthouse, Randy's Cranberry Harvest Griddle Cakes

Gaslight Inn, Sweet Potato Griddle Cakes with Rum Butter Drizzle

Gibson Mansion B&B, Huckleberry Peach Pancakes

Gracehill Inn, Lemon Goat Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries

Greencastle Estate, Caramel Apple Pancakes

Hartstone Inn, Maine Blueberry and Almond Pancakes

Pigeon Creek Inn , Blueberry Pomegranate Buttermilk Pancakes

Plumercrest Bed and Breakfast, Lemon Souffle Pancakes with Three Berry Syrup

Two Sisters Inn - A Bed and Breakfast, Sweet Potato Roestis

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