Joan Cossette has done it again.
The Colbert woman is one of 60 semifinalists in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Her Lemon Pistachio Blackberry Thumbprints need votes to advance to the final round and earn her a chance to win the $1 million grand prize. Voting is open now through June 27 at www.bakeoff.com. Finalists will compete for the grand prize Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas.
In order to encourage simpler, original recipes, submissions in the contest were limited to seven or fewer ingredients and a 30-minute prep time.
Cossette was a finalist in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest with her Orange-Coconut Breakfast Rolls. Look inside today’s Food section on Page C3 for both of the recipes.
Get ready for fair baking contest
Fleischmann’s Yeast will sponsor a baking contest at the Spokane Interstate Fair this year. The entry deadline for the Best Baking Contest is Aug. 6. The Spokane Interstate Fair runs Sept. 6 through 15.
The first category is open to any recipe using Fleischmann’s Yeast, including breads, coffee cakes, braids, baguettes, breadsticks, focaccia or even doughnuts. The second category is open to entries for the best dessert pizza with homemade crust, using Fleischmann’s pizza crust yeast or another kind of Fleischmann’s yeast.
For each entry in the contest, Fleischmann’s will donate $10 to the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Contest details and entry guidelines are available at the Spokane Interstate Fair entry office by calling (509) 477-1766 or online at www.spokanecounty.org/ fair/sif. Click on “Exhibitor’s Guide.”
Local strawberries ripening
The first U-pick strawberries of the season are ready at Green Bluff. Go to www.greenbluff growers.com and click on “Fresh on the Bluff” for updates or check in with a favorite farm. The Green Bluff strawberry celebration weekends are June 29-30 and July 6-7.
Carver Farms, 9105 N. Idaho Road, in Newman Lake, is also offering U-pick strawberries starting today. Go to www.carverfarms.com for hours or updates. Reach the farm at (509) 226-3602.