1/2 Cup Butter, 3 Teaspoons Basil, $5,000?

1/2 Cup Butter, 3 Teaspoons Basil, $5,000?

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1/2 Cup Butter, 3 Teaspoons Basil, $5,000?

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A trip across the Worldwide Web reveals an abundance of lucrative opportunities for anyone willing to exercise a little culinary creativity. One lucky lady recently won a million bucks in the Pillsbury Bakeoff! The key to winning these gastronomic contests? Entering.

It’s So Easy Today

In the not-so-distant past, entering a recipe contest meant filling out a form by hand, writing down the ingredients and instructions, addressing an envelope, licking a stamp, and trudging out to the mailbox.

Now, of course, it’s all done on your home computer. A few keystrokes and clicks, a punch of the “submit” button and all that’s left to do is to keep your fingers crossed that the judges from Acme Pure Cane Sugar will love your recipe for Candied Kumquats. It won’t even cost you the 42 cents for a stamp.

Plus, with the help of Google, you can seek out these recipe contests and enter them in bunches, if you so desire, rather than stumbling upon an occasional contest in a magazine. The more you enter, the better your chances to win. You’re creative, right? And you know your way around a recipe. Why not give it a shot?

Your Recipe Idea Could Put Food On the Table.

At The Food Channel, we’re here to help, too. We’ve been keeping our eyes open for current culinary competitions that could earn you fame, fortune and the envy of your friends. Here are five contests that may entice you to put on your thinking cap and matching apron.

Plugrá “Magnifique Recipe Contest”

TOP PRIZE: $5,000 and a trip to New York City

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 31, 2008

Create a compound butter recipe, combining Plugrá European Style Butter with spices or other ingredients and you could become the Grand Champion and appear alongside a celebrity chef on the Big Apple’s “A Taste of New York” show, plus pocket the Five Grand. And your creation could become the next Plugrá product sold in stores. To enter, visit the Plugrá contest website.

Mezzetta “Make That Sandwich” Contest

TOP PRIZE: $25,000 and a trip to Napa Valley

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 1, 2008

“Are you a Sandwich Master”?, Mezzetta’s contest come-on reads. If you’ve got a little Dagwood in you, this might be the competition for you. The $25,000 Grand Prize offered by this brand of peppers, olives and specialty foods should get the attention on sandwich builders everywhere. Visit the Mezzetta Make That Sandwich website to learn more.

National Pork Board “Bring it t-ON-g! Pork Grilling Challenge”

TOP PRIZE: $5,000 and a trip to New York

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 17, 2008

Chef/Spokesman Guy Fieri (left) says he’s looking for grilled pork recipes as BOLD as your personality. You’re asked to explain in 100 words or less why your recipe is the BOLDEST in the nation. Three winning “grillmasters” will be selected to compete in NYC where Fieri will act as judge and jury, awarding the $5000 Grand Prize to the winner. Go to the Other White Meat contest site for more information.

Paula Deen Magazine “Recipe Roundup”

TOP PRIZE: $25,000

ENTRY DEADLINE: July 1, 2008 – NOW CLOSED

Hey, y’all. Paula Deen’s magazine, “Cooking with Paula Deen,” and its contest sponsors are looking for recipes in the following categories: Finger-Lickin’ Appetizers, Memorable Main Dishes, and Divine Desserts. One lucky Grand Prize winner will take home 25 Large. Visit the website for more info.

“Cookin’ with Smithfield” Recipe Contest

TOP PRIZE: $30,000

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 30, 2008

The ubiquitous Paula Deen is back, judging the recipes in this contest from Smithfield.com. The big winner walks away with a cool $30,000 and a chance to meet Paula herself! There’s also a $5,000 “People’s Choice” winner, selected by online voting. To find out more, visit the Smithfield contest website.

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