A Columbus woman is a finalist in one of the richest and oldest recipe contests in the country - the Pillsbury Bake-Off, 10TV's Andrea Cambern reported Wednesday.
Beth Durnell spends lots of time in her kitchen, doing one of the things she loves best, cooking. Durnell collects cookbooks and has more than 100.
But if those recipes just won't do, she creates her own, and now Durnell is being rewarded for her efforts.
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"This is the first time that I have ever entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off and to be selected is just a thrill," Durnell said.
Durnell is one of just 100 people chosen nationally to participate in the 44th Pillsbury Recipe Contest. She has a shot at winning the $1 million grand prize.
Durnell entered three recipes last spring; two desserts and an appetizer.
"They told me that I'd won for my Buffalo Chicken Crescent Puffs, and that was the only recipe that I hadn't written down," Durnell said.
Durnell said she tested the appetizer on family and friends, altering amounts of ingredients, until it was a hit.
Durnell said her cooking now has a deeper meaning; she entered the contest after being laid-off, and after a friend was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer.
"I decided that I needed to start doing things that I said I was always going to do," Durnell said.
Durnell will head to Orlando in April to try and win first the appetizer category, then the grand prize.
Her recipe, Beth's Buffalo Chicken Crescent Puffs, take less than half an hour to prepare and bake, Cambern reported.
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