Creative Kids in the Kitchen

Young chefs give PB&J a makeover   (Family Features) Everyone loves a classic PB&J sandwich. Now, with a little culinary creativity, your family can liven up lunch and win money for college.   Over the past 10 years, Jif® Peanut Butter has inspired thousands of kid chefs to reinvent the peanut butter sandwich for the chance of earning a fund for college. This year, in the 10th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest™, families can foster creativity in the kitchen for a chance to win a $25,000 college fund, plus $10,000 to purchase educational products. —Sandwiches will be judged on creativity, taste, nutritional balance, appearance and ease of preparation. —10 semi-finalists will be selected to compete in a national online vote in January. —Five finalists will be selected to compete at a live judging event in New York City in March. —Four runners up will each receive $2,500 college funds.   Visit and between July 28 and October 12 for Official Rules and the entry form. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., between 6 and 12 years of age by October 12, 2011. Contests void where prohibited. See Official Rules for … Continue reading →

Take a Winning Photo

(Family Features) You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take beautiful pictures. With these expert tips from 20-year National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, you could take the ultimate photo – one that you’ll love and that could win you a dream prize:   Work the Reflections – Reflections always add visual drama to pictures and can make an otherwise ordinary scene interesting. But reflections require calm waters, so get out early in the morning before the winds kick up. Also, get lower and closer to the surface of the water to get more reflections. Even a small puddle of water can produce large reflections if you are right down to the surface. Collect the Details – Detail pictures do wonders for a set of travel pictures. Not only do they offer a welcome variety in the scale of the images (pictures get dull quickly when they are all shot from the same distance and viewpoint.) They can also reveal telling aspects of a place and its story.   Keep it Simple – Clutter kills too many pictures. Simplicity is powerful. Usually that means cleaning up the background, leaving out extraneous, unnecessary detail. So watch your framing carefully, and … Continue reading →

Bobby Flay Sandwich Contest!!

Searching for the Perfect Sandwich Show how you make your sandwich and enter for a chance to win great prizes   (Family Features) How long could you go without enjoying your favorite sandwich? According to the new “Hellmann’s®** State of the Sandwich” Survey, sandwich lovers believe they could survive a longer period of time not talking on their cell phones (29 days) or avoiding shopping (26 days) than going without their sub sandwiches (20 days). To help celebrate America’s passion for sandwiches, Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® are partnering with Chef Bobby Flay to show families how to create flavorful sandwich recipes made with real, simple ingredients and uncover unique and personal sandwich-making techniques.   Flay is also inviting sandwich fans to go to to share their sandwich-making tips, tricks, techniques and secrets. Plus, they can enter the Build Your Perfect Sandwich Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes* including a kitchen essentials bundle, grocery gift cards and Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® products.   When it comes to how – and why – America’s sandwich fans build their perfect sandwich, the survey also revealed: Mom always knows best: Thirty-three percent of Americans who eat sandwiches credit their mom with … Continue reading →