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Coast Packing Company, a leading supplier of farm-fat-based shortenings, has announced the fifth annual #LardLovers Recipe Contest, a tribute to the staying power of comfort food. The company is calling for any unique, unpublished recipe that uses lard, in sweet or savory categories, with entries being accepted now until midnight on Sunday, November 21.

To enter, contestants can use the online form or submit through Facebook. The contest is open to those 21 and over, and no purchase is necessary to enter. This year, Coast is asking contestants to share their thoughts on what they love about cooking with lard.

All submissions will be posted on the Coast Packing website, preferably accompanied by images of the resulting dishes. For the third year, Coast’s judging panel will enlist Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, Inc. of Vernon, the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States, to prepare and assess the top recipes in the Sweet category. Judging recipes in the Savory category will be Chef Jacob Matthew, who works at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Winners will be chosen based on flavor, creativity/originality and visual appeal. Judging will begin on November 22 and conclude on December 5.