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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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The 44th annual Pillsbury bake-off is currently going on.  This year they are trying something new though…  “You be the judge” voting!  For the first time in over 60 years (yes 60 years though they say it’s the 44th annual) online readers will help decide the final 10 contestants.

How does the “You Be the Judge!” voting work? Judges will select 20 recipes to be placed online at www.bakeoff.com in pairs for a period of two weeks for each pair. Consumers can vote for their favorite recipe in each pair. The recipe from each pair that wins the most votes will earn a spot in the final competition, April 11-13, 2010, in Orlando, Florida.

Voting is limited to one vote per person for each pair of recipes. Voters must be registered members of www.pillsbury.com and 18 years of age or older as of May 1, 2009, to participate.

Go and cast your votes now, and then again on July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3 and September 17.

The Giveaway::

Two Southern Savers readers will win a Pillsbury prize pack.  This is a funny one!  You will get:

  • Magazine cookbook of all the past winning recipes of the bake-off
  • A Pillsbury dough-boy doll (he makes noise when you poke him)

To enter, leave a comment below with what you think would make a winning recipe.

I’ll go first:  “It has to be quick and have chocolate involved!!”

    • I think a winning recipe would be anything very quick, easy, and super-cheap… and nothing with cheese, since my brother is a snot and won’t eat cheese. :)

    • vana

      Someone from my church won it a few years back!!

    • Kelly

      Something that I could use some of my stockpile ingredients would be great.

    • vana

      Oops, I forgot to mention what would make a good recipe: I’d love to see a make ahead meal that is inexpensive and healthy for the family.

    • Melanie

      Something that is quick, has chocolate, peanut butter, and crescents and healthy! :) Not possible I’m betting!

    • Erin

      something quick that everyone has ingridients for without having to thaw anything out! the ultimate last minute meal

    • Kelly

      Something that has 5 ingredients or less and takes 20 minutes or less.

    • Samantha

      It should be something easy and frugal to make.

    • Karey

      It should be something involving chocolate and peanut butter cups and of course be an easy recipe.

    • Lisa

      The winning recipe would be very easy to make with a few key ingredients like coconut, pineapple, or pecans.

    • Kim

      Give me cheese and fresh veggies and I’m sold.

    • Lilfroggin

      Something that is a new use of everyday ingredients I keep on hand. I’ve been looking for some new recipes, but want something I don’t have to buy things I won’t use again soon.

    • Laura

      the winning recipe should be an easy, recipe that can be converted in to 2 or more dishes by varying one or two ingredients, saving time and money and offering versatility! :)

    • Jennifer C.

      Something with the two best ingredients in the world – BUTTER AND BACON!!!!

    • ashley

      It needs to be healthy with only a few ingredients!

    • Krystal

      Something that can be made ahead, and is quick, delicious, and can be presented beautifully.

    • Jan

      Please make this a delicious, cheap and most of all SIMPLE recipe
      for all us nonbaking types! :::giggle::: <—In my best Pillsbury Doeboy imitation.

    • Sarah S

      A no bake cookie that takes 10 minutes to make and tastes delicious!

    • It has to be sweet, gooey, and melt-in-your-mouth good and be able to just stick in the oven and walk away so you can spend time with your family while the intoxication of ingredients get absorbed by your house :)

    • Kristi

      A winning recipe to me would be one that omly uses ingredients that we get so cheap by using this website and also one that is pleasing to my eye when assembled.

    • Christo

      It’ll definitely use time-savers like prepackaged foods.

    • Lorie

      A winning recipe to me involves the finished product looking and tasting like it took a lot of effort, but in reality was quick and super easy! I like using pre-packaged things and the microwave to make yummy meals! Also, a recipe that doesn’t have a lot of crazy off-the-wall ingredients that you have to go hunt for at the grocery store is a plus!

    • A good recipe should be kid friendly and not take more than 2hrs to prepare and get tp the dinner table.

    • I great receipe would be quick to make, and something my 5-year-old would enjoy!

    • Alicia

      A winning recipe has to be salty and sweet. It has to be easy to prepare, but when people taste it, it makes their eyes roll back in their head.

    • Heather

      Easy and Cheesy!!!

    • Libby

      It should be something that requires a boxed cake mix or any of my other stockpile items, chocolate, and caramel.

    • Crystal

      Quick, simple ingredients, not a lot of clean up, and yummy!

    • Annie

      A winning recipe should be easy to prepare, like 5 ingredients or less, and look like you spent all day making it!

    • AngelathecouponNERD

      So easy, a caveman could do it!
      Oh – that one’s taken already…

      Something quick, yummy and fun to make together with my kids.

    • Hannah

      An easy, quick appetizer.

    • Kathleen

      It should have a little bit of all the good stuff… chocolate, peanut butter, caramel…if the final product turned out soft and chewy that would be good too.

    • Lisa W

      A winning recipe should be so easy to prepare and teenager friendly that my 16 year old son could make it himself.

    • Joei


      It has to be very easy and involve white chocolate and raspberry.

    • Catrina M

      Simple, delicious and not to pricey! An appetizer would be good!

    • Emily

      In my opinion you can NEVER go wrong with Pillsbury CRESCENT ROLLS and CREAM CHEESE!!! You can mix whatever you want in the cream cheese – bacon, broccoli, chicken, ham, etc. and stuff it or roll it up in crescent roll dough, bake it, and Voila! – You will have a fabulous appetizer or meal.

      A winning recipe would be rich and indulgent and easy to make, but have low fat and calories!

    • Rhonda

      Hmmm…I think something with fruit will win this year. (Just a guess!)

    • Ashley

      Something I had coupons for would make a great recipe, the only thing better then a yummy dessert, is a CHEAP yummy dessert

    • Wendy

      Something that makes you feel like your having a party in your mouth when you take a bite. Leaving you with the sense of wanting more. Sweet and savory always does the trick:)

    • Tara

      I think a winning recipe would also be something with chocolate involved – especially chocolate chips!!! Easy to make would be a plus!

    • Shannon

      I agree with the chocolate but it also has to have pillsbury buscuits in there too! I love the bread almost as much as the chocolate. Yum, Yum!!!

    • Zandra

      A winning recipe should definately include “man directions” so my husband will make it for me.

    • Melanie

      Should include ingredients that we already have stockpiled in our pantries!

    • Blakely

      something with kid friendly, tasty ingredients I have gotten with a coupon at B1G1 free. :) Any my two year old would want it to have lots and lots of Butter…

    • Kristen

      Something healthy…with a guarantee that my 2 year old would eat it and ask for more. Ouch! Just had to pinch myself. I was having the most wonderful dream…..

    • Anita Shipley

      A winning recipe would be full of flavor while only using a few on hand ingredients.

    • Jeanine

      The winning recipe will be a simple recipe with a twist to it. It will have common ingredients from other recipes but something else that makes it personal to the individual so you get something that is unique.

    • I would vote for anything that was Easy, inexpensive, and able to be cooked in a crock pot! Oh yeah, it wouldn’t hurt if it had chicken or potatoes, and cheese involved! After all, those are my only 3 food groups!

    • Kim

      It must first of all taste GREAT (healthy? we’re supposed to care about it being healthy?), and secondly be quick and easy to prepare, but also LOOK great and appetizing. I use so many pillsbury recipes for the New Members class at my church.

    • Christie

      Chocolate + Warm + Gooey + Quick + Easy + Cheap = Winner!!

    • Maggie

      It’s gotta have peanut butter, chocolate, and very few ingredients!

    • ash

      Something quick with chocolate & peanut butter..and maybe frozen??!!

    • Brani McCandless

      A winner would be somethig easy to make in a minimal amount of time with items from our stockpile. But at the same time something that makes your neighbors and friends envious to the point that you overhear them saying to each other “Wow! I wish I could cook like this!”

    • I think the winning recipe will have eggs in it.

    • Jenn

      Something rich, decadent and chocolate that goes well with a tall glass of cold milk and is easy to prepare with few ingredients.

    • LB

      The winning recipe should be something that is easy, requires no special kitchen tools or ingredients to make it, and tastes great!

    • Heather

      The winning recipe should have tons of butter and cheese. Mmmmmmm. Cheese!

    • celeste

      I would love to see peanut butter but healthy!!

    • Lana

      Any quick and yummy main dishes that the whole family would like gets my vote!

    • Michelle

      The winning recipe should have minimal ingredients, be quick to prepare, and delicious.

    • Ginger

      The winning recipe would be chocolate with NUTS…I’m a sucker for a sweet snack with a crunch. =o)

    • AngelathecouponNERD

      Zandra –
      VERY FUNNY – Man instructions. He’d have to find the stuff in the pantry first!

    • It absolutely MUST involve peanut butter cups because they are the best thing ever, and must be something fun I could make with my son, since I’m soon to be a stay-at-home mom in five weeks!!

    • Ashley

      It should be inexpensive to make, preferably made from items that are frequently bogo… and it must involve honey.

    • It would definitely have to be rich in taste and cheap in price, just a few ingredients, and must have chocolate & caramel!!! Yum!!!

    • Shannon

      A recipe that you can fix quickly and use your stockpiled items. And even better if you can freeze leftovers for later.

    • Lisa

      i like peanut butter & chocolate of some sort together

    • Kassie

      Well, I just started South Beach Diet, phase 1, so right now a winning recipe for me is any kind of bread!! YUM!

    • Karen

      Something that doesn’t take a long list of ingredients that I’d never “stockpile” from couponing… quick & easy. Chocolate or cheese would be a plus (but not together)!

    • Shannon in ATL

      The winning recipe in my house would be one that does not require a great deal of time to prepare and that is both healthy for my family and one of those dishes that leave them asking “Can you make that again?”

    • Christina

      I think the winning recipe should have peanut butter and caramel in it.

    • An easy dessert! Chocolate would be great!

    • Nicole Backerman

      I think the winning recipe has to be quick and be family friendly…something the whole family would LOVE to eat!!

    • Leigh Anne Panek

      It has to be quick, easy, with ingredients that most people have on hand. Also, delicious.

    • Diane G.

      Something with cream cheese and chocolate would be yummy!

    • Julie

      Something without icing!

    • Heather

      I look forward to seeing the recipes. Thanks for all of your great info on this site!

    • Something so delicious that I eat with seduction…..and for one second have the “every thing is right in the world feeling” :)

      ohhh…and it would taste just as good or better the next day!

      ohhh…and it can be made in about 30 minutes

      ohhhh…and it would be a one pot meal

      ohhhh…or it would marry perfectly with a delicious cup of coffee

    • janet

      I think the winning recipe should have sugar cookie dough, fruit or jam (strawberry, blueberry and banana, apricot or peach, cherry) and cream cheese.

    • Denise

      The winning recipe should be healthy but also have chocolate in it…is that a possability???

    • Kelly

      The winning recipe should use a brownie mix as a base and have several variations by changing just one ingredient.

    • lynn

      love has to be the main ingrediant than something simple with every day stuff we have on hand

    • Janel

      OK – It has to be Quick, it has to be EASY, it has to be make with STAPLE FOODS that we all have in the kitchen, it has to TASTE GOOD. That would be a recipe that I would make probably once a week.

    • I like a recipe that includes half store bought items and half fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, etc. I think it’s a good mix that allows you to fix dinner in no time, but still have it taste fresh and tasty.

    • Dionne

      Something fast & easy that all 4 of us in my picky-eating family will enjoy.

    • The title of the recipe makes your mouth water and the picture of the recipe make you go to the supermarket at midnight to buy the ingredients for it (with southern saver coupons of course!)

    • Angela P

      CHEAP!!!! Oh yeah, quick, easy & yummy are must haves also! I soooo want a tickle me dough boy! LOL

    • The winning recipe should be something that will inspire my kids to eat more veggies…without turning up their noses!

    • Angela P

      Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! #5 makes my mouth water!!!

    • A quick, easy, gooey chocolate dessert! :)

    • Fast and easy – chocolaty!!!

    • Lynn L

      It has to be a recipe that is short on time and ingredients, and long in the taste department so that many yummy, happy memories can be made when you share it! :)

    • andea

      Something ,of course, easy and can with stand sitting out for potluck dinners! I hate it when you go to a potluck at church and eveyone brings something that goes in the fridge!! Then half of it goes bad!

    • Maureen W.

      I think a winning recipe should be easy to make (something anyone could cook) and have a unique taste to it.

    • paige

      Id love something Quick healthy and has carbs! lol

    • Hmmmm….a good recipe? Anything inspired by Paula Deen…butter, butter, and more butter. Deep fried in…butter!

    • Something cheap & quick, that could also be adapted easily to use with different ingredients. I am always looking for new ways to use chicken & rice, my children’s favorite.

    • Stacie

      Easy, cheesy,
      and yummy good!
      and less than 6 ingredients
      should be understood!

    • Sarah

      I’m always looking for a delicious, simple main dish!

    • Heather

      It should taste awesome, be healthy, cheap and quick, yes! But also have a savory (unless it is chocolate!) “mmmmmm mmmmmm!” smell and have NO MSG in any of the ingredients.

    • Christy G

      The recipe would have to be easy to make and involve fruit. I especially love mango’s and peaches.

    • Becka

      Not all “great” recipes are quick with few ingredients, so I say anything will do as long as it looks good, taste good and the kids will eat it! :)

    • holly

      A winning recipe would contain some help from a pillsbury product and a few additional ingredients.

    • Theresa Anderson

      Some kind of pizza – that is a favorite of mine

    • Michelle McCrary

      A winning recipe should have ingredients easy to find at all grocery stores and regions. Also something healthy and quick. Maybe a twist on an old fashioned cobbler.

    • Marina

      It would be both sweet and salty, preferably include chocolate, and melt in your mouth.

    • Trish

      Can’t go wrong with crossants and chocolate. Or Bacon. But not at the same time. Let’s be real here. What dish is not made better by either in their respective categories (savory and sweet).

    • Elizabeth

      A winning recipe would have to be something Pillsbury of course and NOT heat the kitchen up too much. The heat is already unbearable here in South Carolina!

    • Becky

      something quick always wins for me.

    • Sarah

      Something warm and “gooey” with lots of CHOCOLATE! Mmmmmm!

    • Kim

      A winning recipe would be one that is quick, easy, taste great and one that even the pickiest of my children would eat!

    • Definitely the fewer ingredients the better. Also, they should be common ingredients (no star anise or imported smoked sea salt).

    • Mandy

      A winning recipe would be something different that doesn’t have chicken in it! We eat too much chicken around here and need some variety.

    • Janice

      A winning recipe should be something that taste great, is easy to make, and uses ingredients from a regular grocery store.

    • Crystal

      I’m with Jenny, it has to be quick and involve chocolate, and I’ll add that it has to be easy for the kids to help make it.

    • Kristin

      A great recipe needs to be inexpensive to make and the unbaked dough has to taste good :)

    • Christine

      How about something that does not require heating up the oven! Maybe a no bake pizza with crispy sides and lots of room for gooey toppings!!

    • Shauna

      I usually don’t go for fruit but for some reason I am in the mood for something with strawberries or blueberries!

    • Tammy

      Something with fresh Blueberries, creamcheese and pecans.

    • Karen D.

      Something that is different, but quick and easy. Chocolate is always a winner!

    • Jandi

      Something with corn and bacon and crab and scallions… hmmm