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Pillsbury Bake-Off

Phyllis Steinberg

Phyllis Steinberg is a food and travel writer in Florida. Her food columns appear in several papers in South Florida, including the Sun-Sentinel, Coral Springs Forum, Boca Raton Times, Delray Times and Boynton Beach Times.

Food writer Phyllis Steinberg has just returned from Orlando where she attended the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

What do you think your chances are of being selected as a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest? With fabulous prizes including a million dollars for the best recipe, there are thousands of entries.

Well, one hundred cooks were selected from across the nation and even a 13-year old girl had a winning recipe in this year's contest.

Pillsbury is now owned by General Mills, but the grandson of the company's founder, George Pillsbury and his wife, Sally, were among the many guests at this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off held at the Portorfino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL.

George and Sally live in Minneapolis, but they have been coming to the Pillsbury Bake-Off for the past 40 years.

George retired from the company in 1969 and stayed on the board until 1989. His grandfather, Charles, founded the company in 1869.

"My grandfather worked in a hardware store and borrowed $30,000 to buy the Alyska Flour Mill which was losing money at the time," Pillsbury said.

Sally Pillsbury said the bake-off has changed over the years.

"You used to have to use a half a cup with every recipe. People used to make breads and have them rise, but today there are many more products that contestants can use. There is also a greater variety of ethnic foods used in the contest than in previous years," Sally said.

Italian and Mexican dishes were plentiful in this year's contest. And the million dollar recipe was a chicken dish.

"The recipes have changed, but the people haven't. They are the same wonderful people who share a love of cooking," Sally said.

Below are some of the recipes from this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off and the million dollar recipe! You can purchase a copy of the cookbook with all of the recipes at your local supermarket.

Featured Recipes:  (click to view)

> Italian Appetizer Wedges

> Grands! Little Pies

> Chicken Florentine Panini

> Chicken Cheese Enchiladas

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