By Allen Pierleoni
It's that time of year again, when home cooks can win cash and prizes by coming up with original recipes for baked goods.
The 45th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is now accepting entries through April 18; register and submit your recipes online at www.bakeoff.com. You could be among the 100 finalists who will gather for the contest finals March 25-27, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. There, they will make their dishes and vie for a chance at the grand prize.
The prestigious bake-off will distribute "more than $1.1 million in cash, prizes and trips" next year to amateur cooks in four cooking categories. Each category will have a number of finalists, and judges will choose one winner from each category. Then, judges will fork over $1 million (plus $10,000 in kitchen appliances) to the ultimate winner among those four; the three-runners-up will get cash and appliances.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.