Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Bethel cook runner-up in Bake-Off

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SAN FRANCISCO — Rosemary Leicht of Bethel shocked herself Tuesday by finishing as a runner-up in the Pillsbury Bake-Off and winning $2,000.

        She thought her recipe, Cauliflower Crunch, a casserole made from frozen cauliflower and cheese, canned green chilis and bread crumbs, was too simple.

        “I was stunned,” said Ms. Leicht, who competed as a Bake-Off finalist in 1998. “But it was the visualization that helped. I visualized myself winning. Next time I need to visualize a little more.”

        Her entry was one of three runners-up in the new Yummy Vegetable category. A New York woman won the $10,000 first-place prize in the vegetable category with Island Paradise Salad, using frozen peas, lettuce and mango.

        The Tristate's other competing finalist, Julie Quante of Mason, failed to place in the contest with her Petite Stuffed Pizza Snacks.

        Roberta Sonefeld of Hopkins, S.C., won the $1 million grand prize with her Cream Cheese Brownie Pie, a recipe that combines brownie mix and cheesecake filling in a refrigerated pie crust. It was the first time she had entered the Bake-Off.

        Held every two years, this is the 50th anniversary of the Bake-Off. The finalists — 91 women and eight men — prepared their recipes Monday for 12 judges, who evaluated the food on taste, appearance, consumer appeal and creativity.

        Lauren Eggeman, an 11-year-old finalist from Massillon, Ohio, attracted most of the attention during the competition. The sixth-grader baked Sugar & Spice Black Pepper Cookies, a recipe inspired by her grandmother.

        A third Tristate woman, Amy Heyd of Anderson Township, qualified as a finalist but couldn't make the trip because of health reasons. Her range sat empty during the contest.

        Ms. Leicht and Ms. Quante plan to enter the Bake-Off in 2002, but Ms. Quante admits maybe it's good for her family this contest is over.

        “I made the pizza bites for about the 30th time last Friday night,” she said. “And my 4-year-old (David) said, "Mom, can we please have something else?'”


Bush to Ohio: Help nail down nomination
Poll: McCain gaining, but still trails in Ohio
Bauer: McCain went too far in criticizing religious leaders
High school kids ask Bush tough questions
$710,000 stadium change OK'd in secret
Prosecutor's office seeks to throw out suit vs. county
Schools' grades higher on latest report cards
Grades for area districts
Criteria for School District Report Card
Troubled districts plot improvement
Students learn how to measure true success
Black studies gains status
Doan loses appeal
Judge protects inmate money
Reverend faces four counts of molesting 2 boys
Ruling 'death blow' to landfill
As McCain shines, GOP looks away
The gospel according to Andy Griffith
PBS pledge programs carefully aim for emotions
Museum city has tiny population
- Bethel cook runner-up in Bake-Off
Drug trial under way
Florence street study delayed
Franklin motel called firetrap, ordered closed
Grand jury to hear jail knife case
Kids plan leadership quest
Kids study tobacco advertising
Mason schools: We need more yet
MRDD gets interim leader
New park will cover 150 acres
Schools effort fights rumors
Sewer plant plans surveyed
Traffic tops Harrison Twp. beefs
Turfway races spring
Vote negates ethics ruling on Derby tickets
Warren puts 200 years on CDs, film
Women's club plans to renovate landmark