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FREE RAGU BOOKLET: Ragu pasta sauce is offering Soccer Mom soccer mom
n.
An American mother living in the suburbs whose time is often spent transporting her children from one athletic activity or event to another.
 Shortcuts See Win Shortcuts. , a booklet featuring simple solutions for snacks and dinners. Of course they feature Ragu pasta sauces, which, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the company, provide a full serving of vegetables in a half-cup serving of sauce. Get the kids into the act: Let them choose a recipe, help you shop and prepare the dish.

Use Ragu as a dip or pizza sauce or as an ingredient in sloppy joes sloppy joe or sloppy Joe
n.
A bun filled or covered with ground beef cooked in a spicy tomato sauce.

Noun 1. Sloppy Joe - ground beef (not a patty) cooked in a spicy sauce and served on a bun
, baked no-boil lasagna or cheese-stuffed meatballs and spaghetti. For a free copy of the colorful booklet, request one online at www.ragu.com.

-- Natalie Haughton

CONTEST ALERTS

Professionals are invited to enter their best sweet creation (dessert, confection conĀ·fecĀ·tion
n.
A sweetened medicinal compound. Also called electuary.
, bakery recipe) in PastryScoop.com's 2007 Golden Scoop Awards. Five category winners will receive $1,000 each. For more information or an application, visit www.pastryscoop.com. Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday.

To celebrate Mrs. Fields' 30th anniversary, the cookie company and iVillage.com have teamed up to search the country for the best cookie recipe. It will be used to create Mrs. Fields' official "30th Anniversary Cookie" -- and will be sold in 400 Mrs. Fields Mrs. Fields Cookies is a chain of bakeries, located mostly in the United States, founded by Debbi Fields (b. 1956, Park City, Utah). Mrs. Fields and her husband started their business in the late 1970s, opening the first of many retail bakeries in Palo Alto, California, selling  stores nationwide. The grand prize winner will receive a Dream Kitchen from GE.

If you have a fabulous creation, submit it online no later than May25 at www.ivillage.com. Professionals and novices can enter. Recipes should be accompanied by a short description of the inspiration behind the cookie and a digital photo of it.

It's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a  to enter Dreyer's third annual Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute contest. Submit a paragraph explaining why your neighborhood deserves an ice cream block party for 100 neighbors this summer. The company will select 1,500 winning neighborhoods with prize packages of ice cream and the fixings delivered in July and August. Entries must be received by May25. For more information, go to www.dreyers.com.

-- N.H.

MORE MARIO: If you love Italy, good food and wine, check out Mario Batali's new Web site, www.

mariobatali.com. You can learn about the things he loves that helped shape his culinary adventures. The Explore Italy section offers travel articles along with information about local wineries and ingredients specific to the region. The wines mentioned can be purchased through his wine shop, Italian Wine Italy is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the second century BC.  Merchants. Check out the Music Picks section to download Batali's favorite albums, which are played in his restaurants.

-- N.H.

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Date:Apr 17, 2007
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