Friday, 13 April, 2012 12:46 PM
Ravioli! Pennsylvania Woman Takes Home $1 Million at the 45th Pillsbury
Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream was her winning recipe
flies as Christina Verrelli celebrates being named the $1
million grand prize winner of the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off®
Contest, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The Devon, Pa., woman’s
recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream
was selected from tens of thousands of entries. The announcement
came during a special live broadcast of Hallmark Channel’s
“The Martha Stewart Show,” at the Peabody Orlando
Hotel in Florida.
– Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pa. is surrounded
by history – from the Liberty Bell to Valley Forge. Today
she wrote her own page in history as she was named the $1 million
grand prize winner at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest
for her original recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped
Cream. The winner was announced live from Orlando, Fla. today
on Hallmark Channel's “The Martha Stewart Show” (airs
weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET/P) by Martha Stewart, who served as
Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream was inspired
by a local favorite of hers, sweet donuts with three dipping sauces.
“It’s a unique use of the products and is something
different for people to try and make at home, says Verrelli.”
She remembers making her grandmother’s recipes with her
mom. “This recipe reminds me of that. I can picture generations
rolling out dough at home together.”
simple ingredients such as Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations®
dough sheets, LAND O LAKES® Butter, McCormick® Pumpkin
Pie Spice, Pillsbury® Flour, Fisher® Pecans, and Hershey’s®
caramel syrup, not only is this delicious dessert right on trend
with its savory and sweet topping of salted caramel whipped cream,
but it’s a refreshing twist on a classic pumpkin pie at
the same time.
was truly reminiscent of the crispy pie crust my grandmother used
to make,” said Lynn Blanchard, Test Kitchen Director at
Better Homes and Gardens. “This recipe really pushed the
boundaries on the definition of a ravioli,” added Jeff Houck,
food editor at the Tampa Tribune. “The pastry was an absolute
knockout and the filling is so versatile – it can be a wonderful
dessert for Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July.”
recipe is an innovative and sweet take on a traditional, savory
favorite: it's not like any ravioli I've ever tasted. This will
be a fun dish to make, and even more enjoyable to eat,”
said Martha Stewart. “I can see how this winning recipe
dazzled the judges, and I think it will inspire other home cooks
around the country to make it for their family and friends.”
Christina’s recipe also won her GE kitchen appliances valued
at $10,000 as part of the grand prize. She beat out 99 other home
cooks in the country’s premier cooking competition, sponsored
by General Mills, The J.M. Smucker Company, GE Appliances &
Lighting, Fisher® Nuts, The HERSHEY Company, Land O’Lakes,
Inc., McCormick & Company, Muir Glen®, and Progresso®.
to the grand prize, several other finalists took home a slice
of the pie. Three additional category winners were awarded $5,000
and $3,000 in GE kitchen appliances.
& Brunches - Sausage-Pomodoro Brunch Bake
Maria Vasseur of Valencia, Cal.
Weekday mornings are usually a blur of activity for Maria, her
husband and two daughters, so the family loves to savor a leisurely
brunch on weekends. Maria tried her recipe one Saturday morning
at home, incorporating fresh basil grown by one of her daughters.
The brunch bake pairs well with a side of fruit, and it also
makes a good weekend lunch.
Made Easy™ - Chicken Empanada Cones
Donna Wolfe of Hamilton, N.J.
An accomplished cook who loves to entertain, Donna finds particular
joy in passing on her passion and creating “signature
dishes” for loved ones’ birthdays. She delights
in learning about new ingredients on her travels, and she finds
inspiration closer to home at the local farmer’s market.
Appetizers - Asparagus, Artichoke and Red Pepper Pizza
Terri Sherman of Palos Heights, Ill.
Terri and her two daughters love to act out their own cooking
competitions in their suburban Chicago home. They take turns
between creating the recipes using what they have on hand and
being the judge. When she’s not in the kitchen or working,
Terri is busy planning her wedding.
Crescent Sushi Rolls by Julie McIntire of Independence, Mo. was
named the most innovative recipe by judges. She was honored with
the GE Imagination At Work Award and $5,000 in GE kitchen appliances.
Julie is always willing to try new things in the kitchen. For this
recipe she combined her favorite foods, salmon and avocados, with
Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® to create a simple
and colorful sushi-inspired appetizer.
of finalists were also rewarded for their use of specific ingredients
in their recipes, each taking home a $5,000 prize for their culinary
creation. The Jif® Peanut Butter Award was presented to Sandra
Hilbert of Fort Littleton, Pa. for her Chewy Peanut Butter-Caramel
Bars, which was the best recipe using at least 1⁄4 cup of
Jif® Peanut Butter.
Blakely of Berne, N.Y. won the Crisco is Cooking™ Award
for Indonesian Chicken Turnovers with Spicy Peanut Sauce, which
was the best recipe using at least one tablespoon of Crisco®
The Eagle Brand® Signature Recipe Award was given to Brett
Youmans of Reading, Pa. recognizing his Orange Cream-Macadamia
Torte for the best recipe using at least one 14 ounce can of Eagle
Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk.
finalists included 95 women and five men, representing 35 states
and ranging in age from 25 to 77. Each of the 100 finalists won
a trip to the contest finals, including airfare, a two-night stay
at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida, daily event-sponsored
meals, a GE countertop microwave oven (estimated retail value
of $200), and $125. On March 26, the 100 finalists prepared their
recipes for judges at 100 GE mini-kitchens set up at the Peabody
Orlando Hotel. The contest judges consisted of a panel of twelve
food experts who evaluated the entries based on taste, appearance,
creativity and consumer appeal.
to Hallmark Channel's “The Martha Stewart Show” at
2:00 p.m. ET/P on Wednesday, March 28 to see the grand prize winner
to see the million-dollar recipe as well as other finalists’
recipes to try at home.
Bake-Off® Contest originated in 1949, with the first competition
at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. The contest was
held annually from 1949 to 1978, when it switched to an every-other-year
schedule. The $1 million grand prize was first awarded in 1996
in Dallas, Texas, to Kurt Wait, who was also the first man to
win top honors in the contest.
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