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Oct 3, 2013
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Two Connecticut Cooks Win National Recipe Contest

Two Connecticut Cooks Win National Recipe Contest

When premium California sun-dried tomato brand Bella Sun Luci ran a recipe contest last year they were surprised at the response. “We received more than 1,000 entries and tested and tasted all of the recipes,” says owner Mary Mooney. Winner of the $2,500 Grand Prize: Amanda Digges of South Windsor, 44, for her Rotini with Sausage and Italian Vegetables. “It was a tough competition, but the Grand Prize winner clearly stood out for her unique and innovative recipe,” says Mooney.

When she found out she’d won, Digges says, “I almost dropped the phone. I’d actually forgotten all about entering.” When she’s not at her day job as Director of Operations and Financial Management for Global Finesse in Hartford, Digges loves so spend time cooking and swapping recipes. “This is a recipe I’ve been making for many years,” she says. “It’s kind of evolved over time but I’ve always used the Bella Sun Luci sun-dried tomatoes. They really are the best.”

BTW, amazingly enough, 2nd place was won by another enterprising Connecticut cook, Sarah Meuser, for Sun-Dried Tomato Cod with Shallots, Mushrooms & Fresh Basil.

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Two Connecticut Cooks Win National Recipe Contest

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