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By Cynthia Glover and Cynthia Glover,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 2003
If you find yourself craving mangoes this year, or if Asian flavors start informing your every move in the kitchen, don't be surprised. Those are just two of the trends spotted at the 45th National Chicken Cooking Contest held recently in Baltimore. If the contest recipes are any indicator of what America will be cooking at home, you'll also be using more convenience foods to whip up easy dishes for family dinners and, of course, devouring tons of chicken. It's not just the contest that places chicken at the center of the plate.
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Tim Wheeler | May 4, 2012
The upcoming weekend is chock-full of green activities. Here are just some: Saturday is "Climate Impacts Day," meaning environmentalists intend to stage a flurry of demonstrations to get people to "connect the dots" between climate change and extreme weather. Folks will be donning gas masks to highlight their concerns during the "cyclovia" bike-walk from Roland Park to Druid Hill Park. Others will be kayaking amid the drowning wetlands at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, while still others plan to celebrate the installation of another solar array in Howard County.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 2002
OCEAN CITY - Rich Hoffman's winning recipe in the fifth annual Maryland Rockfish Celebration Cooking Contest here was so carefully constructed and finely flavored that it could be an entree in a fine restaurant. In fact, it already was. When the 26-year-old sous-chef at Rudys' 2900 restaurant in Finksburg created his contest entry, his boss, chef Rudy Speckamp, put a version of the dish in the specials rotation so Hoffman could practice and perfect it. Diners liked Hoffman's creation, and so did the contest judges, awarding him a $500 grand prize and a silver bowl.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun reporter | August 3, 2008
The Bel Air Downtown Alliance will hold its seventh Maryland Barbecue Bash from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Mary Risteau State Office Building parking lot. Nearly 50 barbecue grilling teams from as far away as Texas have signed up to compete for $10,000 in prize money as part of the Maryland State Barbecue Championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Chefs will arrive early Friday morning and spend nearly 24 hours cooking chicken, ribs, pork and brisket before the judging by a panel of certified officials begins at noon Saturday.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 17, 1998
MILLSBORO, DEL. - Baltimore's Dorrie Mednick, a world traveler who prides herself on trying a new twist every time she cooks, came up with an exotic spice blend for home-grown chicken to win the 1998 Delmarva Chicken Cooking Contest here Saturday.Mednick and her husband, Shimon Mednick, have traveled from Nepal to Paris and Mexico to Morocco, and they will now take a trip to the Caribbean: In addition to $1,000 cash, Mednick won a seven-day, all-expenses-paid Caribbean vacation for two. Judges picked her Smothered Chicken With Gingery Mango Sauce over the other 18 cook-off entries for its refreshing blend of fruit and spices.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
It was only her second try, so no one was more surprised than Julie Fox when she took first place in the 1996 Delmarva Chicken Cooking Contest a few weeks ago in Salisbury. The contest, which is sponsored by the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. and has been going on in various forms since 1949, draws hundreds of entries from Virginia to Maine."I just cook for a hobby," said the 28-year-old Annapolis native, who had been living in Baltimore but recently returned to her home town after getting married.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,Special to the Sun | February 10, 1999
OCEAN CITY -- A former restaurant cook who grudgingly decided that a career in the food business wasn't for him beat five chefs and other competitors in the second annual Maryland Rockfish Cooking Contest here.Don L. Young of Chester, a self-employed certified water and waste-water facility operator who as recently as two years ago was considering a career in the kitchen, took home the $500 first prize for his Rock in the Rough. Judges tasted 10 entries before awarding the top prize to Young's dish, which matched grilled rockfish fillets with a tart relish; vibrantly colored, roasted red-pepper sauce; and crunchy leek strips.
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By Sara Engram | October 10, 2001
Spreading honey around Bigelow, the tea company, has added a line of flavored honey spreads useful for everything from buttering your toast to warming up as a syrup for waffles. The 11-ounce jars sell for about $3 each and are available in six flavors - black currant, cinnamon, French vanilla, lemon, orange and raspberry. For marinating beef or poultry, mix half a jar of the Orange Honey Spread with 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, 1 small clove of fresh, minced garlic and 1/2 tablespoon of finely chopped onion.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2002
A Baltimore County man with a passion for chocolate was a winner in the 40th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, the nation's premier cooking contest for amateurs. Steven Mandell of Stevenson was one of 10 men who tied on aprons, whisked mixing bowls and slaved over ovens to compete in the contest in Orlando, Fla., last week. Mandell, 57, was the lone representative from Maryland. He won one of the top four slots in his category - the Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats - for his Milleniyum Chocolate Torte, netting a $2,000 reward.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk | March 29, 2000
Box treat for winner Freeze frame -- your face and favorite family recipe, that is. Stouffer's is looking for everyday cooks to enter its Real Home Cooking Contest by July 19. The winner will be featured on boxes of the company's Family Style Favorites meals, such as Jenny Kwitowski of Erie, Pa., who won last year with Grandma's Chicken and Vegetable Rice Bake. For contest rules, visit www. stouffers.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by July 1 to Stouffer's Real Home Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 9427-R, Seattle, Wash.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun Reporter | November 19, 2007
James Richard Boone, a retired merchant mariner and stationary engineer, died of lung cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Parkville resident was 78. Mr. Boone was born in Baltimore and raised on his family's farm in Fork. He attended Baltimore County public schools until he was 16, when he quit to join the U.S. merchant marine in 1945. During his early days, he sailed on both Liberty and Victory ships, and concluded his first voyage to France in 1946. During the Korean War, he served on vessels supplying ammunition and other war materiel to American forces.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,Special to the Sun | February 18, 2004
OCEAN CITY -- A professional Ocean City chef and a down-home cook from Smith Island shared top honors in the seventh annual Maryland Rockfish Cooking Contest, with each winning $500 for dishes that showcased rockfish in creative and delicious ways. This year for the first time, the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Seafood Marketing Program elected to recognize both a professional and a nonprofessional winner. The professional winner was Douglas Spencer, the sous-chef for Center Plate catering at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, who won for his Cashew and Coconut Crusted Rockfish With Apple Cider Beurre Blanc and Oyster Fennel Dressing.
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By Cynthia Glover and Cynthia Glover,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 2003
If you find yourself craving mangoes this year, or if Asian flavors start informing your every move in the kitchen, don't be surprised. Those are just two of the trends spotted at the 45th National Chicken Cooking Contest held recently in Baltimore. If the contest recipes are any indicator of what America will be cooking at home, you'll also be using more convenience foods to whip up easy dishes for family dinners and, of course, devouring tons of chicken. It's not just the contest that places chicken at the center of the plate.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2002
A Baltimore County man with a passion for chocolate was a winner in the 40th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, the nation's premier cooking contest for amateurs. Steven Mandell of Stevenson was one of 10 men who tied on aprons, whisked mixing bowls and slaved over ovens to compete in the contest in Orlando, Fla., last week. Mandell, 57, was the lone representative from Maryland. He won one of the top four slots in his category - the Fast & Fabulous Desserts & Treats - for his Milleniyum Chocolate Torte, netting a $2,000 reward.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 2002
OCEAN CITY - Rich Hoffman's winning recipe in the fifth annual Maryland Rockfish Celebration Cooking Contest here was so carefully constructed and finely flavored that it could be an entree in a fine restaurant. In fact, it already was. When the 26-year-old sous-chef at Rudys' 2900 restaurant in Finksburg created his contest entry, his boss, chef Rudy Speckamp, put a version of the dish in the specials rotation so Hoffman could practice and perfect it. Diners liked Hoffman's creation, and so did the contest judges, awarding him a $500 grand prize and a silver bowl.
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By Sara Engram | October 10, 2001
Spreading honey around Bigelow, the tea company, has added a line of flavored honey spreads useful for everything from buttering your toast to warming up as a syrup for waffles. The 11-ounce jars sell for about $3 each and are available in six flavors - black currant, cinnamon, French vanilla, lemon, orange and raspberry. For marinating beef or poultry, mix half a jar of the Orange Honey Spread with 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, 1 small clove of fresh, minced garlic and 1/2 tablespoon of finely chopped onion.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff Writer | May 17, 1995
Clarence Gary, a self-described "late bloomer" now in his mid-40s, didn't start cooking until about 10 years ago, and he didn't enter a cooking contest until about a year ago.But last month, Mr. Gary, who lives in Chillum in Prince George's County, cooked his way to a finalist position at the 41st National Chicken Cooking Contest in Atlanta with his recipe for caramelized chicken. Months earlier, a panel of judges had placed his recipe first among hundreds that Marylanders submitted to the contest, and asked Mr. Gary if he'd like to represent the state at the national cook-off.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
Question: What do crabs, cookies, Old Bay seasoning and chicken have in common?Answer: They're all subjects of contests that enterprising chefs can enter to win prizes such as trips to New York City and St. Michaels, three days at a kids' camp in Minnesota, cash or supplies of the featured product.Those are some of the recipe contests on the horizon right now. The food world is full of essay and recipe contests, especially this time of year, when home cooks generally have the summer to work on their creations.
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 14, 2001
Inspired by the baklava she makes for her church, Sally A. Brassfield of California, Md., wrapped rockfish fillets inside crunchy phyllo dough to triumph over nine other finalists to win the fourth annual Maryland Rockfish Cooking Contest. Shallots and garlic helped flavor her hearty - although labor-intensive - dish, while pine nuts gave her Savory Phyllo-Encrusted Rockfish an exotic crunch. She won $500 and a silver bowl at the contest held Feb. 3 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk | March 29, 2000
Box treat for winner Freeze frame -- your face and favorite family recipe, that is. Stouffer's is looking for everyday cooks to enter its Real Home Cooking Contest by July 19. The winner will be featured on boxes of the company's Family Style Favorites meals, such as Jenny Kwitowski of Erie, Pa., who won last year with Grandma's Chicken and Vegetable Rice Bake. For contest rules, visit www. stouffers.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by July 1 to Stouffer's Real Home Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 9427-R, Seattle, Wash.
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