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Former local baker vying for $1 million

By The Mercury

Kellie White, former Westmoreland resident, and daughter of Marjorie Conklin and the late Gary Conklin, was recently named one of 60 semifinalists in the freshly redesigned 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.  Only 33 recipes will make it through to the next round.

White, currently of Valley Park, Mo., was selected as a semi-finalist in the “Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts” category for her recipe “Honey Sesame Bagels.”  White was a finalist in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 2010 and was the winner of the Dinners Made Easy category with her Zesty Lime Fish Tacos recipe. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show where the grand prize winner was named.

Contestants are chosen based on online voting. The next round of voting is from Sept. 12 to Sept. 25 noon. Voting is a one-time only. This is the first time the semifinalists will be determined via open voting. The 100 finalists will compete at the finals Nov. 10-12 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The grand prize is $1 million.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest originated in 1949, with the first competition at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. This year, to encourage simpler, original recipes, submissions including White’s were limited to seven or fewer ingredients and must take 30 minutes or less to prepare, not including baking or cooling time.

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