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Dan Higgins column: Mom's inspiration for $1 million winning Lay's potato chip came from kids

7:06 PM, May 9, 2013  |  Comments
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Her idea was inspired by her kids and less than a week before Mother's Day her potato chip flavor was announced as the winner of Lays Do Us A Flavor contest.

Cheesy garlic bread potato chips. It's an idea worth at least $1 million for Land O' Lakes resident Karen Weber-Mendham.

Lays, purveyors of the bet-you-can't-eat-just-one potato chips, announced Weber-Mendham's idea as the winner during an event that resembled a "Celebrity Apprentice" challenge on Monday.

As you can imagine, she was almost speechless.

"It's just been the most amazing experience, the most amazing ride," the librarian and mother of three said during the event. "I'm just kind of numb. There's no precedence in my world for this experience. I don't even know what to say now."

Weber-Mendham says her kids were the inspiration for her idea.

"They always want appetizers. I'm the mean mom and always say no and the only time I cave is when we're in an Italian restaurant and I smell the garlic," she said. "We always get cheese on it (garlic bread) because I'm from Wisconsin and that's what you do when you're from Wisconsin; you put cheese on everything."

I assume her kids will be allowed to order other appetizers when they dine out from now on.

Stamp Out Hunger: Saturday is the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive when U.S. Postal workers pick up food donations as they deliver mail. You can help by leaving a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pastas, rice or cereal next to your mailbox (or on your porch if you don't have a mailbox) by 9 a.m.

Letter carriers will collect the food donations for sorting and distribution to local food pantries.

Pin it or skip it

What do you do when it's late Wednesday night and you remember you haven't made your weekly Pinterest recipe for your column? You stop writing in the second person and look for something that requires just a few ingredients and no cooking, baking or frying.

OK, I wasn't too freaked out because I live a life of last-minute scrambling. Still it was nice to find the Easy Lime Pie Dip, and the word easy is accurate.

The recipe: This dip calls for five ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, lime zest, lime juice and a dash of salt. Mix them together and let it chill for an hour. Serve with graham crackers.

Caution: Yeah, right, there's nothing to worry about here. If you can't manage this, enlist the help of a child.

Pin it: Definitely pin worthy. With summer settling in, finally, this is a light treat that will be at home at any party or pot luck.

You can find this recipe pinned to the Goodies board at pinterest.com/foodfamily.

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