Puna Resident Finalist in National Cookoff

Kara Adanalian who won 2nd place in the 12th Annual Taste of Puna for her  “Isaac Hale Caesar” Salad, has been selected as a finalist in an even more prestigious NATIONAL CONTEST.

Kara Adanalian, and her “Isaac Hale Caesar” from the 12th Annual Taste of Puna Contest

Kara Adanalian, and her “Isaac Hale Caesar” from the 12th Annual Taste of Puna Contest

As one of the finalists in Ocean Spray’s 2009 Ultimate Cranberry Contest, the Fresno native is headed to New York in early October. She’ll cook her dish — sweet-n- savory haricots verts — in a bid to win $25,000 and a year’s supply of Ocean Spray products. Food Network star Tyler Florence, one of the judges, will announce the winner on Oct. 6.

Now living near Pahoa, Hawaii, Adanalian is no stranger to big cooking contests. In 2004, her ribeye steak sandwich won her the title of “America’s Best Home Cook” in a competition sponsored by Fine Cooking magazine and Sur La Table. Her pulled pork with mango salsa is one of 50 recipes selected for appliance-maker Thermador’s “Taste of America: The Great American Oven Cookbook” (BSH Home Appliances Corp., $39.95)…

…Adanalian took home more than $15,000 worth of kitchen equipment and edged out finalists such as Janice Elder from Charlotte, N.C. The two will compete again, this time as finalists in the Ocean Spray competition…

In 2007, she and her husband moved to Hawaii. The tropics have influenced her cooking, leading her to flavor pork with ginger, pineapple and Maui onions for the recipe that made the Thermador cookbook…

Full article here: Fresno Native In National Cookoff

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