Food nuggets: Men are toast of contest


Acknowledging that half of all home bread makers are men, Black & Decker has announced a bread recipe contest just for the guys. The six regional winners, each of whom gets $500 in cash and a deluxe bread-making machine, will be flown to New York in May for the final judging. Grand prize is an all-expense trip to Paris, including a bread-making course at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. The winner will be decided by a panel of female judges.

Male bakers are invited to submit recipes in three categories: healthiest, most exotic and dessert breads by April 30. For an entry blank, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Real Men Bake Bread Contest, PO Box 4320, Manhasset, N.Y. 11030-4320.

International zapping

Microwave ovens are a whole new way of cooking, sure, but for a lot of people they're mainly a way of cooking frozen dinners.

Gold Star has decided to face up to this, and its Multiwave II microwave ovens include three "international food keys" labeled Italian, Spanish and Oriental. They're preprogrammed with cooking times for popular ethnic frozen dinners; press the Oriental key, for instance, and it lists sweet and sour, Oriental chicken or beef and peppers. The "Spanish" key handles Mexican foods such as enchiladas and burritos.

Carrot connection

The California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board, which sponsored a search for the best carrot-cake recipe, has published the winners: "Taste of Islands Carrot Cake," "A Gem of a Carrot Cake" and "Carrot, Apricot 'n' Almond Torte."

Winning and finalist recipes are available in a booklet -- write to Carrot Cake Recipes, 531-D N. Alta Ave., Dinuba, Calif. 93618.

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