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You could win $40,00 for a beef recipe

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Quick and delicious recipes are ideal for today’s busy families, and now an amateur cook from Nevada could win $40,000 for creating the best original beef recipe in the country. The National Beef Cook-Off will award this total prize package to the amateur cook who creates the best beef recipe using a convenient beef product.

The competition will not be held until 1999, but the deadline for recipe entries – Nov. 9 – is fast-approaching. To quality, entrants must be non-professional cooks who are at least 18 years old. Successful recipes are easy-to-prepare, flavorful main dishes that show off the versatility and convenience of beef.

For the 1999 National Beef Cook-Off, set to take place in Omaha, neb., Sept. 24-25, 1999, recipes will compete in two categories:

n Ground beef, specifically ground chuck or ground round; and

n Prepared beef, with the main ingredient limited to the following items:

Refrigerated or frozen fully cooked beef products (branded products, but not store brands, are eligible), including heat-and-eat beef pot roasts, roasted prime rib, tri-tip, brisket, shredded beef and short ribs;

Refrigerated or frozen seasoned/marinated uncooked beef (branded products, but not store brands, are eligible), including marinated steaks kabobs and seasoned fajita strips;

Refrigerated deli beef (brand name and service deli products are eligible), including sliced deli roast beef, pastrami, corned beef and smoked all-beef sausage.

Canned beef products or beef meal kits are not eligible for entry.

Note: Some eligible beef products may feature “Cook-Off Ready” symbol on product packages or in promotional materials.

In keeping with the contest’s focus on convenience, recipes must be prepared in 30 minutes or less and must contain no more than six ingredients (excluding salt, black ground pepper and water).

Two category winners will each receive $10,000 and then vie for the “Best of Beef” title and an additional $30,000 grand prize. Amateur cooks can double their chances to win $40,000 in the competition by entering recipes in both recipe categories.

For complete contest rules, call (800) 848-9088 or contact the Nevada Beef Council, at (702) 738-5776. The rules are also posted on the beef industry’s Web site:

Recipe entries should be mailed to national Beef Cook-Off Entries, P.O. Box 3240, Dept. S, Chicago, IL 60654. Entries sent via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than No. 9 and received by Nov. 13. Recipes may also be e-mailed to and must be received by 11:50 p.m. (CT) on Nov. 9.

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