The 100 finalists for the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off have been chosen and two cooks from the Pacific Northwest are among them.
Amy Andrews of Maple Valley, Wash., will be making Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Cups, an easy appetizer made with cream cheese, orange marmalade and hot chili sauce, topped with shrimp.
Marjean Bigelow of Portland, who entered the dessert category, will whip up a batch of Luscious Caramel-Brownie Bites.
Both women have a chance at the grand prize, $1 million plus $10,000 worth of GE kitchen appliances. Even if they don't take the grand prize, just winning in their category nets a cool $5,000 and a new GE microwave.
The Bake-Off will be March 25-27 in Orlando, Fla. Winners will be announced via a live broadcast from Orlando of The Martha Stewart Show on March 27.
But if you would like to get a jump on the judges, you can find all the finalists' recipes at www.pillsbury.com. Who knows? Perhaps you'll find a new favorite, and it may turn out to be this year's grand prize winner.
Lean and healthy
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to eat healthier and you can't face yet another boneless, skinless chicken breast, here's good news. Pork tenderloin, ounce-for-ounce, is just as lean. And the American Heart Association has just confirmed it, recently certifying pork tenderloin as a heart-healthy food.
To celebrate, the National Pork Board is sponsoring a "Love Me Tenderloin" daily drawing through February. Pork fans can visit Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired/and pledge to eat healthier for a chance to win free pork and other prizes.
The book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cheese Making by J. R. Leverentz.
Best for: both the novice who will enjoy learning this skill and food enthusiasts interested in wholesome, nutritious foods made from scratch. You'll discover a variety of cheeses can be made at home using store-bought milk, including mascarpone, ricotta, neufchatel and queso fresco.
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