Blue Ribbon and Potluck Recipes

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A winner from the August/September national recipe contest to appear on “The Early Show” on CBS.

On newsstands August 7, 2007; Greendale, WI –Just in time for family reunions, picnics, and summer get-togethers and ahead of fall tailgating comes Taste of Home’s August/September issue. The magazine overflows with winning recipes including the best from the magazine’s “Potluck Pleasers” contest, Blue Ribbon recipes from fairs and festivals across the country, plus winners from the magazine’s Creative Cakes contest and last year’s “Recipes from the Road” events. Beautiful berry desserts and luscious chocolate goodies are also on the menu in this mouthwatering issue.

Joan McCulloch of Abbotsford, British Columbia and Carolee Ewell of Santaquin, Utah took the top prizes in the Potluck Pleasers contest. The judges thought Joan’s “Duo Tater Bake” – an ooey-gooey dish with both Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes whipped with lots of cheese – would make a comforting and delicious statement on any table. And Carolee’s "Special Sesame Chicken Salad" won praise for its meal-in-one style featuring bow tie pasta, cooked chicken, honey roasted peanuts, water chestnuts, fresh baby spinach, mandarin oranges, and dried cranberries and a vinaigrette made from white wine vinegar, sugar and teriyaki sauce for a different twist.

Carolee’s stunning salad makes enough for a crowd and she’ll need it all to feed the hungry crowd that watches her demonstrate her recipe alongside Taste of Home’s editor-in-chief Catherine Cassidy on CBS’s “The Early Show” on August 28, 2007.

“Like Carolee, Taste of Home readers are known for the delicious dishes they bring to pass at neighborhood parties, family birthdays, church picnics and other gatherings where good food is part of the fun,” says Cassidy.  “Carolee’s flavorful salad stood out from the thousands of entries in our potluck contest.”  Other winners include Tortellini Spinach Casserole, Glazed Peanut Butter Bars, and Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad. To enter the current contests, go to or pick up the August/September issue.

Tastiest at the Fair

Alongside the potluck contest winners, cooks and bakers who earned blue ribbons from fairs and festivals share their recipes in this latest issue. Among them are Donna Thomas from Dallas, who wowed State Fair of Texas judges with her Hambalaya Corn Bread, and Betsy Hedeman of Timonium, Maryland, whose Seasoned Crab Cakes took honors at the National Hard Crab Derby.

Awesome Creative Cakes

Taste of Home’s Creative Cakes contest drew more than 4,000 photos of unique cake ideas for birthdays, showers, weddings, holidays and other occasions. Winners were selected in four categories: Cut-Outs and Shapes, Floral, Holiday and Miscellaneous.

Winners from Taste of Home Cookbook Tour, Too!
Top recipes from local contests held during Cassidy’s nationwide promotional tour for the Taste of Home Cookbook are also featured—like Creamy Clam Chowder from Lori Kimble of McDonald, Pennsylvania (winner at the Pittsburgh event) and Buttermilk Cake with Caramel Icing, entered at Lexington, Kentucky by Anna Jean Allen of West Liberty, Kentucky.

There are also recipes for tailgating before or after the game or in front of the TV such as Smackin’ Good Snack Mix and Southwestern Backyard Burgers. And “A Bite of Bruschetta” offers easy and perfect solutions for the produce people have in abundance in their gardens at this time of the year like tomatoes, spinach, fresh basil, zucchini and onions, such as Artichoke, Zucchini Feta, and Mozzarella Basil Bruschettas.

These and every one of the 79 outstanding recipes in Taste of Home August/September is accompanied by a mouth-watering photo and has been tested by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen’s professional home economists, guaranteeing success every time.

Taste of Home is the world’s most popular cooking publication.  Since 1993, it has offered a friendly exchange of family-favorite recipes, cooking tips and personal stories from real home cooks in its flagship magazine and other publications, in cookbooks and on its Web site,  Today, Taste of Home is part of the Reader’s Digest family, and the circulation of all Taste of Home magazines, including Simple & Delicious, Light & Tasty and Cooking for 2, totals 6.7 million.

Here's the recipe for Carolee Ewell's "Special Sesame Chicken Salad"

The Potluck Pleasers Runner-Up:

Special Sesame Chicken Salad
PREP: 30 min. + chilling

With its delicious mix of crunchy peanuts, tangy dried cranberries and mandarin oranges, this colorful pasta salad is a definite crowd-pleaser. Water chestnuts and a teriyaki dressing give this main dish its Oriental flare.
—Carolee Ewell
Santaquin, Utah

Special Sesame Chicken Salad

  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/3 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 package (6 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a very large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, sugar and pepper. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat. Yield: 22 servings (1 cup each). 

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 302 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 358 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

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