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Top pie will net $100 for a Tri-State area baker

November 30, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

This is the place for pie-in-the-sky dreams.

The Herald-Mail is launching what we expect will be an annual pie contest. We're looking for some of the best pies in the area, and we will publish the most popular recipes in time for Christmas baking. The baker of the grand-prize winning pie will receive $100.

Dessert pies only - no pizza pies or potpies. Entries must be a pie-shaped dessert with crust, except no cheesecakes. While Webster's New World College Dictionary includes layer cakes in the definition of pies, we're not accepting layer cakes nor are we accepting cheesecakes.

Pies will be judged on taste, appearance, originality of the recipe and overall quality. The submitted pie should be a regular-sized pie so there is enough pie for the judges to sample.

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Contest entries will be accepted at The Herald-Mail from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, only. We have a refrigerator if pies need to be kept cold.

With the pie, bakers must submit a copy of the pie recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch index card. Also include name, hometown, daytime and evening phone numbers - in particular, the number at which bakers can be reached on the night of Dec. 10 after judges taste the entries and choose a grand-prize winner.

Include the source of the recipe, whether it was an original creation or from a cookbook, magazine or an Internet site. If you used a recipe from a publication and you can't remember which one, or you altered the recipe to make it your own, let us know.

Contestants also must be available Tuesday, Dec. 11, or Wednesday, Dec. 12, and be willing to be photographed with a newly baked version of the submitted pie in case they win.

The recipes for the best pies will be published Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Lifestyle section of The Herald-Mail.

Bring pies to The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown. For more information, call Lifestyle Editor Jake Womer at 301-733-5131, ext. 2340, or e-mail lifestyle@herald-mail.com.

Contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Herald-Mail employees and their relatives are not eligible to win.

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