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Ragu pasta sauce and ’80s Brat Pack sweetheart-turned-mother of three Molly Ringwald have joined forces for the “Recipe for a Good Start” Contest, which the iconic Unilever USA brand describes as a “nationwide search for moms and their recipe for giving their kids a good start in life.”
Through March 31, 2010, parents can enter the contest at Recipeforagoodstart.com. Submitted recipes should feature Ragu pasta sauce, and entrants are invited to share tips for helping children thrive, such as promoting imagination and creativity.
The top three finalists, chosen by a panel of judges, will be posted on the site. Then consumers get to vote for their favorite submissions, and these contest entrants will have the opportunity to win a new set of cookware. The top three finalists will compete in a live cook-off event in New York City in August 2010, with the grand-prize contest winner receiving a $5,000 scholarship for his or her child.
“I might be known for my roles in movies and on TV, but my most important role is being a mom,” said Ringwald. “Thanks to Ragu, my family gets a delicious, nutritious meal and I get extra time to do the things I know will give my children a good start — like finger painting and family reading time.”
“Between working and shuttling the kids to after-school activities, it’s tough to carve out family time — especially time around the dinner table,” noted Unilever marketing director Donna Barker. “That’s why Ragu is so excited to hear what moms have to say about how all the incredible — and delicious — ways she’s taking care of her family."
Ragu all-natural red pasta sauces provide more than a full serving of vegetables per half-cup. The brand’s main Web site, www.Ragu.com, offers hundreds of quick and easy recipes, including Mama’s Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs, Ragu No Frying Chicken Parmesan, Ragu Sloppy Joes, Ragu No Boiling Lasagna, and Skillet Pasta & Beef Dinner.
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