Blog contest: Win a basket full of McCormick goodies

Blog contest: Win a basket full of McCormick goodies

I recently received a press kit from McCormick & Co. containing several full-size seasonings and extracts.

It's full of ingredients for spring cooking, tips for entertaining, recipes and tips for dyeing eggs.

Blog PhotoThe catch? I'm a journalist, so I really can't keep this box of goodies.

I thought one of you might appreciate it, though, so I'm putting together a little contest. The winner will have a recipe featured on this blog, and possibly in my print column.

Caveat: The winner must be able to pick up the kit at 15 Main St., Champaign, or 137 N. Walnut St., Danville.

To enter the contest, you should leave a comment with your name, town of residence and the dish or goodie you'd make that includes at least two of the ingredients in the kit. Edit: Please enter by midnight Wednesday, March 13.

I'll feature the winner's recipe here. I'd prefer the recipe to either be an original or something you've tweaked to make your own. Features Editor Tony Mancuso has agreed to judge by choosing his favorite.

The ingredients are:

- Ground cinnamon

- Ground mustard

- Assorted food color and egg dye

- Pure lemon extract

- Pure vanilla extract

- Pure almond extract

I can't wait to see your ideas for what to do with these ingredients.


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fink_girl wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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What a great basket! With those ingredients, I had two thoughts: Easy Cinnamon Coffeecake ( or Cherry Almond Tart (

Good luck!

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 07, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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Those both look excellent. Thanks for entering!

bryan_05 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 1:03 pm


Mahomet, IL

Poppyseed bread with orange glaze.

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 07, 2013 at 1:03 pm
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Sounds good - thanks for entering!

DMC wrote on March 08, 2013 at 9:03 am

Hi, Meg,

For my annual St. Patrick's Day dinner, I am planning a theme of "Gold at the End of the Rainbow."  While checking out the possiblilities for desserts, I have discovered some amazing ideas for rainbow cakes!

I decided to make a rainbow cake using the recipe at

The cake will have green frosting instead of white, and I will be putting a green shamrock on top.  Am still looking for leprechaun ideas...

The "gold" nuggets will be a modified version of the rainbow cake pops at

I will be using the basic cake pop idea to make gold cake coins.  The cake coins will have colored centers and will be covered with white almond bark tinted with yellow food coloring.  The coins will have different flavors, too - lemon, almond, vanilla.

Have a great week!  Thanks for all of your creative ideas!



Meg Dickinson wrote on March 08, 2013 at 9:03 am
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Wow, sounds like a fun plan! Thanks for entering.

KPowell14 wrote on March 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I'd make a batch of hearty, satisfying homemade granola.  My recipe would include: old fashioned oats, shredded coconut, honey (from our own hive!), brown sugar, canola oil, applesauce, kosher salt, McCormick cinnamon, McCormick vanilla extract, and McCormick almond extract.  I'd bake the mixture until lightly browned, all the while making the house smell divine...  then I'd add dried cranberries, raisins, and chopped roasted almonds.  The granola is great as is for snacking, with milk, or sprinkled over Greek yogurt.