By Allen Pierleoni
This is the season for commandeering the kitchen and baking sweet-smelling goodies to share with family and friends, and - no coincidence - the time for cooking- and food-related contests. The brain trust at Pillsbury headquarters is in the thick of things with the Pillsbury People Essay Contest.
The top winner will recieve a $10,000 kitchen makeover and gift basket of Pillsbury baking products. The three runners-up will each win a digital camera and gift basket.
From now through Dec. 20, home cooks are urged to submit first-person essys or short stories (250 words or less) sharing their fondest baking memories and/or why they love to bake.
"We hope the contest inspires home bakers to proudly share their homemade memories and special baking stories," said Pillsbury spokeswoman Maribeth Badertscher. "We look forward to hearing all the ways families around the country have come to be 'Pillsbury People.'"
For rules and entry form, go to www.pillsburybaking.com.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.