When it comes to holiday cooking, many of us splurge on real butter. It's what gives our baked goods that rich flavor and carries flavors like citrus, herbs and nuttiness into entrees and appetizers.
When you pull out your holiday recipes this month, flip through them. If one is an original -- not just copied from a cookbook with a few extra seasonings added -- and features real butter as a main ingredient, you could win the fifth annual Butter Up the Holidays recipe contest.
The grand prize is a KitchenAid stand mixer, which would certainly make next year's holiday baking easier.
Four other cooks -- one from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska -- will receive a $100 Fred Meyer gift card.
The deadline to enter is Dec. 31. All you need to do is submit your recipe online and be sure it features real butter -- margarine is not allowed.
Categories are appetizers, entrees and desserts. You can enter as often as you'd like, but each entry must be a separate recipe.
Recipes will be judged on taste, creativity and appearance.
To enter, go to www.butteruptheholidays.com.
For ideas, be sure to order the Northwest Dairy Farmers' recipe booklet Fresh Mini: Butter. It's available at www.darigoldfresh.com. Cost is $2.
Donations for drinks
Dutch Bros. Coffee kiosks in Kennewick and Pasco will donate Friday's drink proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties. It's the company's annual Buck-4-Kids Day campaign and each coffee store owner-operator is allowed to choose which nonprofit in their area will benefit.
The book: Bake Sale Cookbook: 165 Quick, Easy Sweet Ideas & Blue Ribbon-Worthy Recipes by Sandra Lee.
Best for: This is the one you'll reach for when the school drill team holds a bake sale, for birthdays, parties and anytime you want a sugar fix. Each recipe is illustrated in full color and the book includes dozens of tips and ideas to make your cupcakes and bar cookies, pies and candies winners with family and friends.
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