Appetizers
November 19, 2009
Cheese, nuts the stars of holiday recipe contests

Now these are two recipe contests that compliment each other quite nicely.

Bellwether Farms and the California Walnut Board are each looking for home cooks to enter their holiday recipe contests.

Bellwether Farms, an artisan cheese company in Sonoma County, is holding its first annual recipe contest using its French-style creme fraiche.

The home cook who submits the best recipe, with an accompanying digital photo, will win a $100 gift certificate to Bellwether Farms.

Submissions should be e-mailed by the Dec. 1 deadline to Lenny Rice. The winning recipe will be announced Dec. 11 and posted on Bellwether Farms' Web site.

"Recipes highlighting local and seasonal products will be key ingredients for a sure win," states a news release.

That's where the signature ingredient of another recipe contest might come in handy: walnuts.

The California Walnut Board is holding its holiday baking challenge and is looking for "unique homemade recipes that incorporate walnuts in an inventive way to celebrate the season," according to news release from the walnut board.

Participants can enter one of four food categories: cookies, brownies and blondies; cakes and pies; breads; and breakfast/brunch baked items.

Recipe contestants may also enter videos to be considered in the "Best Video Submission" category or submit their recipe as a "SMART" recipe, meaning the recipe is a less-indulgent version of a holiday classic.

Grand prize is a KitchenAid Mixer.

The online entry-only contest runs through Dec. 4. Winners will be announced Dec. 18.

For more information, go to www.walnuts.org.

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