4th Annual Spreading Smucker’s® Traditions Contest! #sorteo #smuckers #blogsbylatinas

Hey All!

As you know some of the sweetest memories are created by sharing family meals through the generations.  Indeed, family recipes are an important part of our Hispanic heritage, but who knew that your empanada recipe could take your family on the trip of a lifetime? Or that the story behind your legendary pastelitos could earn you a party for your whole family? Whatever your dream family get-together may be, a treasured recipe could help make it a reality in the fourth annual Spreading Smucker’s® Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest.

Have you heard of this amazing contest? You can Enter to Win $20,000 for a Family Reunion! Just submit an original family recipe made with Smucker’s® jam, jelly, preserves, fruit spread or fruit butter and write an essay describing how the recipe is part of family traditions and how the recipe makes your family celebrations special.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a family reunion, awarded as a check for $20,000, and a personal planner for a family reunion awarded as a check for $1,000.

Five Finalists will receive one Gift Basket of Smucker’s brand products!

From September 14 to November 16, 2011, Smucker’s invites consumers to visit www.smuckers.com or www.smuckersenespanol.com and share their original recipes made with at least 1/4 cup Smucker’s jams, jellies, preserves, or fruit butters, plus an original essay of 200 words or less in English or Spanish about how the recipe is part of family traditions and how it makes family celebrations special. The contest takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when Latinos across the country celebrate their history and culture. In March 2012, five contest finalists will be selected and flown to New York City for a live recipe demonstration and judging, where one will win $20,000 towards a dream family reunion.

Last year’s winning recipe, savory “Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Tenderloin,” came from Tamie J. of Prosper, Texas. The recipe, which was passed down from her grandmother, features Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade and has always been an Easter tradition at Tamie’s house.

“The smell of sweet, tangy pork always evokes wonderful memories of Easter hats, egg hunts and family meals,” said Tamie. “Food is the glue that keeps families together and Smucker’s has been a part of our lives for as long as I can remember. Recently my family created some new memories together and enjoyed sampling my winning recipe during our Grand Prize family reunion.”

In honor of the fourth year of the contest, the Smucker family has reached into their own recipe box to share a special dish that always gets rave reviews during Smucker family get togethers. Citrus Apple Tart features family-favorite flavors like fresh red apples and a warm Orange Marmalade glaze.

For Official Contest Rules visit www.smuckers.com or www.smuckersenespanol.com.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older.  Void where prohibited.

Here is the Favorite recipe of Richard Smucker, CEO, The J.M. Smucker Company!

Citrus Apple Tart

Prep Time:  25 minutes

Cook Time:  1 hours, 5 minutes

Yield:  8 servings


1 (9-inch) single Classic Crisco® Pie Crust

4 medium Granny Smith apples (about 2 lbs.)

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tbsps. butter, diced

1/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade

or 1/4 cup Smucker’s Organic Orange Marmalade

Powdered sugar


  1. PREPARE recipe for single crust pie. Roll out dough, place in a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press to fit without stretching dough. Trim edges even with tart pan. Chill until ready to fill. Heat oven to 350°F.
    1. PEEL and core apples. Cut in half, end-to-end. Slice apples crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Add apple slices and toss to coat. Randomly place about 1/2 of apples into bottom of crust in two layers, cutting apples as necessary to fill all gaps. Arrange row of apples lengthwise along outside edge of pan, overlapping the slices about 1/8 inch. Fill in center with smaller pieces of apples. Dot with butter.
    2. BAKE 55 to 65 minutes or until apples are fork tender and edges of apples begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Heat orange marmalade in small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 20 seconds; stir. Brush marmalade over tart. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Y para todos mis lectores hispanos aquí es como entrar en español!

Algunos de los recuerdos más dulces nacen al compartir las comidas familiares a través de las generaciones. Las recetas de la familia son una verdadera herencia hispana, pero ¿quién hubiera dicho que tu receta de empanadas podría darle a tu familia la posibilidad de hacer el viaje de su vida? ¿O que la historia detrás de tus legendarios pastelitos podría regalarte una fiesta para toda la familia? Sea cual sea la reunión familiar de tus sueños, una receta preferida podría ayudarte a hacerlo realidad en el Cuarto Concurso Anual de Recetas y Ensayos Difundir las Tradiciones con Smucker’s®.

Del 14 de septiembre al 16 de noviembre de 2011, Smucker’s invita a los consumidores a visitar www.smuckers.com o  www.smuckersenespanol.com para compartir sus recetas originales elaboradas con al menos ¼ taza de mermelada, jalea, confitura o mantequilla de fruta Smucker’s y escribir un ensayo original de hasta 200 palabras en inglés o español describiendo cómo la receta forma parte de las tradiciones familiares y de qué manera hace que las celebraciones familiares sean especiales. El concurso se lleva a cabo durante el Mes de la Hispanidad, cuando las familias hispanas del país celebran su historia y cultura. En marzo de 2012, cinco finalistas del concurso serán seleccionados y trasladados a New York City para que realicen la demostración en vivo de su receta, la que será evaluada por un jurado, y el ganador recibirá $20,000 para una reunión familiar de ensueño.

 ***Disclosure: I was not compensated or paid in any way for this post. I received a samples from Smuckers and I am sharing this for the benefit of my readers. All opinions are my own.***