Local Food Blogger Is Finalist in Another National Recipe Contest



A funny image from her blog, Cookin Up Dreams
  • A funny image from her blog, Cookin' Up Dreams
Remember April Slayden McKinney, the recent MTSU grad and food blogger who seems has a genius for recipe contests? She's the amateur chef who got to appear on the Today Show with her holiday sweet potatoes, cook another of her recipes with Paula Deen and most recently, snag a trip to New York with her prize-winning sandwich creation.

Now she's a finalist in another national contest. This one is sponsored by Perdue Chicken.

The Perdue Verifiably Good Video Contest promotes Perdue's new USDA Process Verified status. It's a newly created program from the USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service. Perdue says two of its marketing claims for its chicken — "All Vegetarian Fed" and "Raised Cage Free" — have been "evaluated and verified" by USDA.

Anyway, in McKinney's video, she prepares Basil-Prosciutto Chicken Roll-Ups, and she would love for Bitesters to go here and vote for her once a day until the contest ends next Monday, April 18.

The grand prize winner will get $4,000 cash and $520 worth of coupons for Perdue Chicken. The first prize winner will receive $1,000 cash and $520 worth of coupons, and the second prize winner will get the coupons only.

McKinney says the contest site has stopped giving a running tally, but at one point she was in the No. 2 spot out of 10 finalists.

A panel of judges will also vote; the judges’ scores will be worth 65 percent of the ballot and the public votes will be worth 35 percent.

In her video McKinney pounds chicken breast then stuffs it with goat cheese, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto. Sounds pretty good to me.

The earlier sandwich contest netted her $2,000 and a trip to New York City. McKinney says she and her husband are heading to the big city at the end of the month. She just bought Yankee tickets, her husband's only request. She's planning the rest of the expedition.

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