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Turn favorite mandarin recipe into cash, prizes

Mandarin creme brulee was one of the winning recipes at the Mountain Mandarin Festival. Cooks are encouraged to try their luck in the annual recipe contest.
Mandarin creme brulee was one of the winning recipes at the Mountain Mandarin Festival. Cooks are encouraged to try their luck in the annual recipe contest. Mountain Mandarin Festival

Turn your favorite original mandarin recipe into a different kind of California gold — prize money.

Mandarins — those yummy little easy-to-peel citrus gems — inspire all sorts of winter dishes from mandarin orange-glazed tenderloin to mandarin-spiked creme brulee. More than $2,300 in awards will go to the best entries in the 2014 Mountain Mandarin Festival’s “Make It With Mandarins” recipe contest including a $1,700 Kitchen Craft cookware set to “Best of Show.”

Winners of such categories as “Mandarin Desserts,” “Mandarin Main Dish” and “Mandarin Favorite Side” will receive $100 apiece. They may also get a $50 bonus in each category if the recipe incorporates products from Snow’s Citrus Court such as Mandarin Orange Grill Sauce.

Entrants better be ready to cook that recipe for the judges, too. This recipe contest is decided by a taste test during the three-day festival, held Nov. 21-23 at the Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. Entries — along with a typed copy of the recipe — must be submitted between 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Nov. 23. The judging will be held on the Mandarin Cooking Stage in the Armory Building on the fairgrounds. Contestants should bring their dish ready to eat, be it warm or cold; the facility will not provide ovens or refrigeration.

The contest is open to cooks of all ages. Mandarin preserves or other treats compete in the “side dish” category. For complete rules and other details about the Mountain Mandarin Festival, go to www.mandarinfestival.com.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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