100 Finalists Announced for $1 Million Pillsbury BAKE-OFF(R) Contest
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- What would you do with $1 million? That's the question friends and family are asking the recently selected 100 finalists who will compete for the million-dollar grand prize in the 50th Anniversary Pillsbury BAKE-OFF(R) Contest, Feb. 26-29, 2000. Pillsbury and co-sponsor GE Appliances will host the competition in San Francisco, Calif. Of the 100 finalists selected to participate, there are eight men and 92 women ranging from 11 to 82 years old and representing 36 states. "These finalists have all created wonderful original recipes that are quick and easy to make," said Sally Peters, director of the Consumer Food Center at Pillsbury. "Families will enjoy these recipes on a busy weeknight." The 100 recipes were chosen from among consumers' best original entries in these four recipe categories: Easy Weeknight Meals, Yummy Vegetables, Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats and Casual Snacks & Appetizers. Each of the 100 finalists has won an expense-paid trip to the Pillsbury BAKE-OFF(R) Contest and a new GE Advantium(TM) Oven valued at $1,500 with installation. The top recipe from one of these four categories will win the $1 million grand prize. In addition, Pillsbury will award $10,000 cash prizes to three other category winners. Twelve more contestants will each get a $2,000 cash prize. One non-cash winning finalist, whose recipe is deemed most innovative by the judges, will earn the GE Innovation Award. This winner will receive a GE Profile Performance Kitchen, which consists of a range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and compactor. In all, finalists compete for prizes totaling $1,059,000. Finalists chose from a wide variety of qualifying products, including selected Pillsbury baking mixes and refrigerated dough products; Green Giant(R) canned and frozen vegetables; Old El Paso(R) Mexican products; Hungry Jack(R) mashed potatoes and refrigerated biscuits; and Progresso(R) bread crumbs. To narrow the field to the 100 finalists, all recipes entered in the contest went through rigorous screening, taste panels and kitchen testing. The identity of each entrant was kept confidential through these processes so that recipes were judged solely on their appeal. Selection of the prize-winning recipes will be based on the results of consumer research conducted prior to the BAKE-OFF(R) Contest and an evaluation by a panel of food experts who taste the recipes prepared by finalists in 100 mini-kitchens set up at the San Francisco Marriott. The judges work in jury room secrecy and have been instructed to avoid advanced contact with the contestants and their recipes. Winners will be announced during a live nationally televised BAKE-OFF(R) Awards Program hosted by Phylicia Rashad on CBS on Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time). For more information, just log on to the Pillsbury BAKE-OFF(R) Contest Web site -- http://www.bakeoff.com . You'll find a complete list of finalists on the site as well as contest history from the last 50 years, news and recipes from past BAKE-OFF(R) Contests. Finalists are: ALABAMA Vestavia Hills Judy Wood Casual Snacks & Appetizers Pesto Crescent Twists with Feta Spread ARIZONA Litchfield Park Susan Miller Yummy Vegetables Chili-Lime Corn and Spinach Salad Sedona Arnold Shulman Easy Weeknight Meals Orange-Cumin Chicken and Vegetables CALIFORNIA Bakersfield Pat Parsons Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Guess Again Candy Crunch Clovis Claire Dias Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Coconut and Candy Crescent Rolls Fair Oaks Margo Scofield Yummy Vegetables Pilgrim Corn Salad Hollywood Candy Barnhart Easy Weeknight Meals Grands!(R) Roast Beef Sandwiches Kelseyville Mabel Patent Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Walnut Fudge Bars Long Beach Mary Capone Easy Weeknight Meals Halibut with Corn and Lime-Cilantro Butter Los Angeles Heather Wight Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Banana-Nut Cupcakes with Maple Frosting Martinez Julie Stutzman Easy Weeknight Meals Turkey-Mango Picadillo Wraps Palm Springs Rachel Kluger Yummy Vegetables Curried Yellow and White Corn Salad San Diego Susan Davis Casual Snacks & Appetizers Green Chile and Cheese Half Moons Sunland Elizabeth Castle Easy Weeknight Meals Slow-Cooked Taco Casserole COLORADO Aurora Arline Wood Yummy Vegetables Yummy Broccoli-Cheese Squares Colorado Springs Cathy Olafson Casual Snacks & Appetizers Quick 'n Easy Herb Flatbread Denver Persis Schlosser Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Toffee Mocha Velvet DELAWARE Newark Janielle Fisher Easy Weeknight Meals Fiesta Chicken Empanada FLORIDA Altamonte Springs Robin Wilson Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats White Chocolate-Cinnamon Triangles Fort Lauderdale Sherry Johnston Yummy Vegetables Mediterranean Minted Peas Orlando Harriet Mathis Easy Weeknight Meals Southwestern Chicken Pie GEORGIA Rome Linda Traylor Yummy Vegetables Broccoli-Jicama Salad HAWAII Kihei Kristine Snyder Easy Weeknight Meals Fiesta Shrimp Tacos with Cucumber Salsa IDAHO Kuna Becky Beus Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Incredible Peach Cobbler ILLINOIS Elmwood Park Jennifer Meyer Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Cinnamon-Toffee Pecan Cookies Evanston Kristina Vanni Easy Weeknight Meals Smoky Southwestern Shepherd's Pie Grayslake Elizabeth Dell Easy Weeknight Meals Seaside Shortcakes Wheeling Debra Kelly Easy Weeknight Meals Double Cheeseburger Pizza Rounds INDIANA Indianapolis Jill Ditmire Casual Snacks & Appetizers Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Bites Morgantown Beverley Rossell Easy Weeknight Meals Italian Meatball Hoagie Braids IOWA Osage Diane Sparrow Casual Snacks & Appetizers Picadillo Pies Titonka Karen Hamilton Easy Weeknight Meals Mexican Bubble Pizza KANSAS Manhattan Elizabeth Hauerwas Easy Weeknight Meals Mandarin Chicken Salad Pizza Parsons Thomas Stuteville Casual Snacks & Appetizers Pesto Cheese 'n Chicken Bundles LOUISIANA Gretna Frances Beninate Casual Snacks & Appetizers Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels New Orleans Michelle Lucurto Casual Snacks & Appetizers Onion Pull-Apart Snack Loaf MAINE Cumberland Mary Jones Yummy Vegetables Cheesy Potato Corn Cakes MARYLAND Annapolis Liz Barclay Casual Snacks & Appetizers Southwestern Chicken Biscuits Greenbelt Marjorie Bergemann Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars North Potomac Elizabeth LaDuca Yummy Vegetables Broccoli Bonanza Rockville Ernie Crow Easy Weeknight Meals Chicken Waldorf Pizza Rockville Leslie Press Casual Snacks & Appetizers Mini Picadillo Empanadas MASSACHUSETTS Springfield Leo Maron Casual Snacks & Appetizers Hot Pepper-Chicken Sandwich Slices Springfield Maurice Smith Yummy Vegetables Orange-Ginger Broccoli MICHIGAN Petoskey Carol Krumbach Easy Weeknight Meals Thai Chicken Crescent Potsticker Sandwiches Traverse City Margaret Scott Easy Weeknight Meals Family-Sized Muffuletta Vandalia Donene Turner Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Pear and Currant Pie MINNESOTA Bemidji Patrice Hurd Yummy Vegetables Crescent Potato Puffs Cambridge Lola Nebel Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Rosy Raspberry-Pear Pie Eagan Barbara Carlson Easy Weeknight Meals Roasted Garlic-Turkey Crescent Braid Princeton Sybil Wickstrom Yummy Vegetables Honey-Mustard Veggies MISSOURI Rolla Susan Trueblood Yummy Vegetables Honey-Nut Snap Peas Springfield Tracie Ojakangas Casual Snacks & Appetizers Mozzarella and Pesto Crescent Tarts MONTANA Clyde Park Loretta Turner Easy Weeknight Meals Apple-Glazed Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups NEW JERSEY Monroe Township Stephanie Baum Easy Weeknight Meals Santa Fe Black Bean Burgers Oaklyn TerryAnn Moore Casual Snacks & Appetizers Quick and Easy Onion Rolls Woodbridge Janice Kollar Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Thick 'n Fudgy Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake NEW MEXICO Grants Christie Blankfield Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Peanut Butter-Honey Brownies NEW YORK Ballston Spa Erika Couch Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Poppin' Fresh(TM) Citrus-Glazed Crullers Islip Mildred D'Elia Yummy Vegetables Creamy Parmesan Broccoli Loudonville Claudia Shepardson Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Orange-Glazed Cranberry Crowns Manlius Lorraine Maggio Easy Weeknight Meals Ham and Swiss Crescent Braid Rochester Vanda Pozzanghera Yummy Vegetables Roasted Corn and Pepper Salad Snyder Judith Mettlin Yummy Vegetables Island Paradise Salad NORTH CAROLINA Cameron Rene Schantz Yummy Vegetables Fiesta Veggies Greensboro Helen Godwin Yummy Vegetables Crunchy-Topped Asparagus Mars Hill Inez Duke Yummy Vegetables Carolina Brunch-Style Grits Matthews Silvana Rayson Yummy Vegetables Tex Mex Mash Stokesdale John Berger Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies OHIO Bethel Rosemary Leicht Yummy Vegetables Cauliflower Crunch Cincinnati Amy Heyd Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Chocolate-Cherry Crisp Mason Julie Quante Casual Snacks & Appetizers Petite Stuffed Pizza Snacks Massillon Lauren Eggeman Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Sugar & Spice Black Pepper Cookies Parma Arlene Glaser Casual Snacks & Appetizers Flaky Deli Slices OKLAHOMA Edmond Kathy Ault Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Pumpkin, Raisin and Ginger Cookies PENNSYLVANIA Aliquippa Barbara Lento Casual Snacks & Appetizers Seeded Crescent Wedges Boyertown Kristin McLaughlin Easy Weeknight Meals Buffalo Chicken Pizzas Monroeville Betty Boyle Easy Weeknight Meals Sweet and Salsy Meat Loaf Pottsville Kelly Roos Casual Snacks & Appetizers Italian Ham Appetizer Squares SOUTH CAROLINA Hopkins Roberta Sonefeld Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Cream Cheese Brownie Pie Inman Hal Fisher Yummy Vegetables Corn and Pea Salad with Cinnamon-Toasted Pecans TENNESSEE Knoxville Michele Baerns Easy Weeknight Meals Grands!(R) Tuna Melts Oak Ridge Vivian Levine Easy Weeknight Meals Crunchy Mexicorn(R) Salad TEXAS Kingwood Patricia Gullo Casual Snacks & Appetizers Parmesan Spinach Roll-Ups Pflugerville Marsha Lawson Casual Snacks & Appetizers Salsa Corn Dip Plano Heather Snedic Casual Snacks & Appetizers Goat Cheese, Marinara and Pine Nut Braid Richardson Christine Caperton Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Stacked Banana-Peach Pie Sugarland Ronald Grasgreen Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Brownie Macaroons UTAH Sandy Janet Barton Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Cappuccino Crunch Muffins VERMONT Winooski Shannon Fountain Yummy Vegetables Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes VIRGINIA Arlington Karen Hentz Casual Snacks & Appetizers Sun-Dried Tomato Mini Pizzas Culpeper Ellen Hyde Casual Snacks & Appetizers Stuffed Crust Pizza Bites Midlothian Anita Price Yummy Vegetables African-Style Skillet Slaw Virginia Beach Connie Weis Easy Weeknight Meals Black Bean Enchilada Casserole WISCONSIN Danbury Janice Oeffler Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Moonbeam Cookies Jefferson Betty Schroedl Yummy Vegetables Smoky Ranchero Corn Madison Caitlin Miller Easy Weeknight Meals Monterey Mini Pizzas Racine Kathryn Rouse Yummy Vegetables Curried Corn Salad with Tomato Rhinelander Barbara Estabrook Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Honey-of-a-Pear Cake WYOMING Veteran Catherine Stovern Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats Cherry Truffle Squares
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