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Dear Super Saver: I wonder if you could let me know what the deadline is for the Pillsbury Bake-Off. I think you wrote about it some time ago, but I can't find the information. I have an idea for a really good entry, but I need more info.
-- A Cooking Kind of Guy,
Peoria, Ill.
Dear Guy: The deadline to call for an official entry form has passed, and because I had two extras, I have forwarded one of them to you in the hopes that you can use it to enter the contest. You have until Oct. 20 to have your entry postmarked. It must be received by Oct. 24. No small change at this year's bake-off -- this year's winner nets $1 million.

Readers who wish to enter the Pillsbury Bake-Off for 1997 but do not have official forms can still pick them up at local supermarkets or Whirlpool appliance retailers (Sears carries Whirlpool). Late-breaking contest news may be found at the Pillsbury Web site at

Finalists will be notified by Dec. 15. This year's Bake-Off will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 21 to 24.

Though the Pillsbury Bake-Off is probably the granddaddy of all cooking contests, it is certainly not the only contest in which culinary contestants can participate. Editor Karen Martis of Merriville, Ind., has been publishing the Cooking Contest Chronicle for a dozen years. In each of her monthly issues, Karen discusses the cream of the cooking contests, in which participants can win cash and prizes.

Most recently, she discusses the winner of the Gold Kist Farms 1997 Winning Taste Recipe Contest: Hamilton Norton of Jacksonville, Fla., won $9,000 worth of professional cookware, cutlery and appliances as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the famous LaVarenne Gourmet Cooking School.

If you are interested in the culinary arts and potential winnings from an array of ongoing and monthly cooking contests that offer trips, cash and other prizes, you may be interested in trying the Cooking Contest Chronicle, which is available by the single copy for $3 or $19.95 per year. Write to Karen Martis, P.O. Box 10792, Merriville, Ind. 46411-0792.

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