Monday, October 1, 2007

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Bake with America’s Best—Win a Bay Area Vacation!

Nick Stellino
Imagine taking a private baking class with a noted Italian chef and then enjoying a few days’ vacation in San Francisco after the busy holiday season.
You may be in luck! C&H Sugar and Land O’ Lakes have teamed up to sponsor a new sweepstakes, “Bake with America’s Best for the Holidays.” The winner will receive a trip for four to San Francisco, a private class with celebrity chef Nick Stellino, and $1,000 in spending money. The entry form is just a few clicks away, and you can enter once a week through the end of 2007. Official rules are on the Land O’Lakes website.
C&H Sugar and Land O’Lakes are natural partners in this contest. Earlier this year C&H Brown Sugar received the ChefsBest™ Award for Best Taste from the independent professional chefs at American Culinary ChefsBest™, the independent judging organization dedicated to recognizing and honoring the best–tasting products in America. (All of the independent professional chef judges are certified Master Tasters.) Land O’ Lakes won the same honor for its butter, margarine sticks, and Dairy Case Cheddar Cheese.
You may already have "met" Nick Stellino through his popular Family Kitchen cooking shows, which have aired on PBS stations since 1994. In each program, Chef Stellino demonstrates two recipes and shares tips and stories from his native Sicily.
To make this baking season sweeter, here are a few of Chef Stellino’s tricks:
  • Always read a recipe thoroughly before you begin and collect all the ingredients and equipment that are called for. Being prepared will make the baking process easier and more successful.
  • Keep a few sticks of butter at room temperature. Unless a recipe calls for chilled or melted butter, use room-temperature butter in your recipes.
  • When a recipe calls for brown sugar, measure out the required amount and carefully break it up with your fingers as you add it to other ingredients. Your fingers will find chunks and break them up more easily than a spoon or mixer. The result: sweetness will be evenly distributed.
One of Chef Stellino’s favorite desserts—Berry Tart, or Crostata di Fragole—calls for pure, fresh ingredients. Try it this holiday season for your family and friends with Chef Stellino’s compliments!

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