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Got a cranberry recipe? Share it to win a chance to be a VIP at NPR personality Susan Stamberg's library benefit


A frog floats with cranberries awaiting harvest in a cranberry bog Wednesday in Wareham, Mass.

A frog floats with cranberries awaiting harvest in a cranberry bog Wednesday in Wareham, Mass.

National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg is famous as much for her on-point reporting as for a little story she first told in 1972.

The story? One about her mother-in-law’s cranberry relish — Pepto-Bismol pink and described succinctly as “sounds terrible, but tastes terrific.”

Now the folks at the Lawrence Public Library want you to have some cranberry celebrity all your own. The library has teamed up with the Cranberry Marketing Committee and others to present what they’re calling the “Cranberry Creations Recipe Contest.”

Held in advance of “An Evening with Susan Stamberg” (which is 7 p.m., March 13 at the Lied Center), a benefit for the library, the contest calls for dessert recipes made with fresh, frozen, dried or juiced cranberries. Participants have until Feb. 22 to enter up to three recipes.

“Susan’s cranberry relish story is legendary,” says Kathleen Morgan, executive director of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation. “We want to have a little fun in advance of her visit and encourage members of the community to share their own cranberry recipes.”

The contest’s grand prize winner will win two VIP tickets to Stamberg’s show, pick up a special prize-studded “Susan Stambag” and have his or her cranberry dessert prepared and served by famed Lawrence chefs Molly and Robert Krause at a VIP party following the presentation. Four runners-up will receive two tickets each to the program.

The Krauses will narrow down the initial entrants and determine five finalists who will be notified by Feb. 27. The finalists must bring samples of their creations to the library auditorium March 4 for a final judging by a panel of celebrity judges.

Entry forms and more information can be found under the “Cranberry Creations” tab at www.lawrencepubliclibraryfoundation.org.


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