California Raisins Announce Recipe Contest Winners

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California Raisins Announce Recipe Contest Winners

Scrumptious Recipes Submitted by Raisin Lovers Nationwide

FRESNO, Calif., October 8, 2007 – Drum roll, please… today, the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB) announced the winners of the 2007 California Raisin Wise Choices Recipe Contest.

Over 1,300 recipes were submitted by home cooks and bakers from across the country, with hopes their California Raisin creation would win the $10,000 Grand Prize or one of eleven other prizes, along with the chance to be featured in the 2008 California Raisin Recipe Calendar.

“It was not an easy task sifting through the hundreds of spectacular California Raisin recipes we received,” said Karla Stockli, Vice President of Marketing for CRMB. “Each of the many entries demonstrated the versatility of California Raisins as a flavorful ingredient.”

A panel of esteemed judges, including California Raisin farmers and their families, evaluated the recipe entries based on contest criteria, including taste, recipe originality, and visual appearance. In addition, the most healthful and flavorful recipe was honored with the Valerie Waters Wise Choice Award; named on behalf of Valerie Waters – celebrity fitness trainer and California Raisins spokesperson.

And the Winners Are…

Grand Prize AND the Valerie Waters Wise Choice Award: $10,000 cash:
Caramelized Onion Soup with Golden Raisin Pesto
Submitted by: Jeanette Corvino of Pearl River, NY

First Prize:
Sunshine Cheeseburgers
Submitted by: Shelley Hunter of Glastonbury, CT

Second Prize:
Sweet and Smokey Canapés

Submitted by: Jennifer Wellbrock of Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mentions:

California Raisin and Brie Dessert Quesadillas
Submitted by: Jasmine Buliga of Braintree, MA

Crunchy Raisin Rice
Submitted by: Margaret Staszak of Kent, WA

Fragrant Roast Pork with Five Spice Raisin Relish

Submitted by: Lisa Keys of Middlebury, CT

Jane’s Favorite Tri-Colored Salad

Submitted by: Jane Moughon of Fort Worth, TX

Mayan Soft Tacos

Submitted by: Marion Stevens of Oceanside, CA

Orange Blossom Raisin Tarts

Submitted by: Christine Dohlmar of Valrico, FL

Orange-Scented Golden Raisin Tapenade

Submitted by: Angela Buchanan of Longmont, CO

Raisin-Apple Stuffed Squash

Submitted by: Richard Rizzio of Interlochen, MI

Tunisian-Spiced California Raisin Hummus

Submitted by: Niki Norman of Milton, TN

Raisin lovers can visit to view all of the winning recipes and prizes, along with additional mouth-watering recipes from the California Raisins’ extensive recipe library. And, in November, plan to visit to sign up for a free 2008 Recipe Calendar featuring some of these delicious recipes.

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About the California Raisin Marketing Board
The California Raisin Marketing Board was created by a State Marketing Order in 1998 and is 100 percent grower funded. Its mission is to support and promote the increased use of California-grown raisins and sponsor crop production, nutrition and market research. To learn more about the California Raisin Marketing Board, visit its Web site at