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
 
 

SOURCE Pillsbury

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