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Montana cook wins national citrus award

Montana cook wins national citrus award

Edwina Gadsby, of Great Falls, is one of three top winners in the 2005 Sunkist Citrus Challenge.

The national contest called for amateur chefs to enter their citrus-inspired recipes. Gadsby won the Quick and Easy category with her Asian Citrus Salmon Rolls.

The recipe is a citrus-inspired twist on standard lettuce wraps. The salmon is marinated in a blend of fresh-squeezed juices from an orange, a grapefruit, hoisin sauce, Asian garlic chili sauce and Oriental sesame oil, for 15 minutes and grilled or broiled in five minutes.

The salmon is then served inside a fresh red leaf lettuce cup and topped with a choice of cucumbers, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint leaves and Pummelo segments.

An orange and grapefruit marinade dipping sauce accompanies the wraps to add a little more citrus inspired flair.

Recipes were evaluated by a panel of judges using three main criteria: taste; ease of preparation; and how well the recipe parallels the image of the Sunkist brand.

Each winning chef will receive $2,000 and a bounty of fresh citrus fruit. Their top recipes will be published on www.sunkist.com.

Other winners were Lisa Keys from Middlebury, Conn., for her Fire and Ice Citrus Steaks and Salsa recipe in the Entrée category, and Nikki Norman, of Milton, Tenn., for Warm Lemon-Basil "Martini" Cake with Toasted-Spice Citrus Tartar in the Citrus Cèlébre category.

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