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Fresh Sheet: ‘Halloween Wars,’ Hayden cook, Taylor Pork Roll

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Spokane’s Bob Lombardi made it through the second round of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.”

Three out of five teams remain in the culinary competition, which carries a grand prize of $50,000.

Lombardi’s team lost and added a team member in the second episode, adding a twist to the already stressful competition.

“The dynamics of building a new team were pretty intense,” said Lombardi, 57, who can’t say – due to a confidentiality agreement – how far he makes it in the fourth season of the show, filmed in December in Los Angeles.

Last year, his team was eliminated in the second round. The Spokane pastry chef and sugar artist was also the challenge champion in the first episode of “Sugar Dome” in 2012. He’s taught culinary arts at Spokane Community College for more than 30 years.

Another team will be eliminated in episode three, “Mummies vs. Werewolves,” which airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Hayden cook does it again

A Hayden home cook is a finalist in the 2014 Eggland’s Best Your Best Recipe Contest.

Edwina Gadsby’s Salted Caramel Cream Profiteroles beat out thousands of entries to make it to the finals in the dessert category. She’s in the running for the $10,000 grand prize as well as the $1,000 category award.

But she needs help to win the Fan Favorite Award, which also carries a $1,000 prize. Through Oct. 31, fans can vote for their favorite recipes at www.egglandsbest.com/yourbestrecipe.

Gadsby, 58, is also one of 12 finalists in Oroweat’s America’s Better Sandwich contest. Fans can help her win that $25,000 grand prize by voting for her Asian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwich at www.AmericasBetterSandwich.com. It’s one of three finalists in the Creative Classics category. Voting in that contest runs through Friday.

Café brings in Taylor Pork Roll

On Sacred Grounds Café is now serving Taylor Pork Roll during its Palouse Brunch on Saturday mornings.

Taylor Pork Roll, made in Trenton, New Jersey, can be ordered three ways: in a Jersey Boy Sandwich with egg and cheddar on a bagel for $7.99, in an omelet or scrambled eggs for $6.99, or by itself as a side for $2.99.

Taylor Pork Roll, also called Taylor Ham, is a processed-meat product popular on the East Coast, particularly New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s shipped frozen to On Sacred Grounds, which now serves it from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

“The company told me that I am the only account in the Spokane area,” owner Elaine Snider said.

The café is at 12212 E. Palouse Highway in Valleyford. Call (509) 747-6294.

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