Originally created 11/15/00

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Stouffer's winner

A casserole designed from Thanksgiving leftovers won a Utah cook $10,000 in a competition to create the newest entree for Stouffer's line of frozen foods.

The recipe, Thanksgiving Tonight, was part of a nationwide contest with 10 finalists - one of whom was Augusta's Sheri Bouvier, who sent in her recipe for baked ziti. Ms. Bouvier recently joined the other finalists, who all won $1,000, in Cleveland, where the winner was announced.

Jenny Bezzant of Spanish Fork, Utah, was the grand prize winner.

The company received more than 3,000 entries after it announced the contest in April. Ms. Bouvier sent in a pasta recipe that she had adapted more than a dozen years ago from a pasta box and an old family recipe.

Flour power

When Gold Medal Flour made its debut in 1880, it came packaged in 196-pound wooden barrels. Eventually, the company changed to cloth bags, then paper. Now the company has changed its package again, this time to a 4¨-pound resealable plastic bag designed to be more convenient and keep flour fresh longer.

Seeing green

H.J. Heinz's Blastin' Green ketchup is landing on store shelves. But will it take off with kids?

The green ketchup isn't made with green tomatoes, by the way. It's made with red tomatoes tinted with food coloring. Heinz's red ketchup also comes in the 24-ounce squeeze bottles, which sell for about $1.79.

Pistachio proliferation

California growers expect to harvest a record crop of 205 million pounds of pistachios this season.This recipe is from the California Pistachio Commission:

Combine the juice from 1 orange, 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ¨ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pour over 2 peeled and sliced oranges, 2 cored and sliced pears dipped in lemon juice and Ü cup red seedless grapes. Chill at least 2 hours and top with ¨ cup pistachios before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Diabetics' cookbook

Fifteen of America's top chefs, including Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit restaurants in Minneapolis and New York City, have teamed up to produce a free cookbook that focuses on the importance of nutrition in managing diabetes.

The 96-page book, Celebrity Chefs Across America - The Ingredients for Managing Diabetes, features 53 diabetes-healthy regional and ethnic recipes for appetizers, entrees and desserts, illustrated with 22 photos. The book also includes information on resources and suggested meal plans.

The aim of the book is to show people with diabetes or those at risk of the disease that they can cook healthful and great-tasting meals at home.

Chef Samuelsson contributed three recipes - lamb chops with marinated vegetables, roasted chicken with spiced apples and onions, and steamed bass with carrot ginger broth.

The cookbook is available during November, American Diabetes Month, by calling toll-free (866) 482-2665.