On Internet food sites and magazine web pages, Lorraine Fina Stevenski of Land O'Lakes is always searching for recipe contests to enter. She's looking for the box that says, "Enter and win $$$ and travel." She may not have clinched millions of dollars in prizes, but she has had many recipes that have been finalists and winners, scoring trips all over the country.
"I have entered hundreds of recipe contests and enjoy creating recipes with interesting ingredients," she said. "Baking and cooking are a tradition in my Italian family and has sparked my interest in designing recipes that are modern but classic. I keep all my recipes nice and neat in my computer recipe program, ready to send."
The first contest she won was in 1991 (a lemon amaretto pound cake); next up she was a finalist for her manicotti on the Food Network show, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Pasta. And this year she entered the Trump International recipe contest called Heirloom Recipes with a Citrus Twist.
"My recipe for Ciambella Amaretto Citrus Coffee Cake won finalist for the dessert category. On Mother's Day, Trump International Beach Resort Miami had a brunch at Neomi's Grill. Executive chef Kurtis Jantz made all three recipes in the contest and the patrons picked their favorite recipe."
She didn't emerge victorious, but she got a nice juicer and an apron out of it. And while she didn't get to meet the candidate himself, she's doing her part to make dessert great again.
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