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Proving that there’s nothing like those classic family recipes to bring kitchens and home cooks to life, Coast Packing Company, the West’s largest supplier of animal fat shortenings, announced the third annual #LardLovers Recipe Contest.

Coast is issuing the call for any unique, unpublished recipe that uses lard (think pie crust, special bread or cookie recipe, fried chicken concoction, holiday tamale surprise, etc.). Contest entries will be accepted online starting today, November 11, at midnight Pacific time. All online entries must be received by midnight Sunday, December 2. To enter, contestants can use the online form posted at https://coastpacking.com/lardlovers. Alternatively, entries can be submitted via Facebook.

All submissions will be posted on the Coast Packing website, accompanied by images of the resulting dishes. In a first this year, Coast’s judging panel will prepare the top recipes at Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, Inc. of Vernon, the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. Winners will be chosen based on flavor, creativity/originality and visual appeal.