WINNING 20TH CENTURY INVENTIONS

The 1999 Old Farmer's Almanac (Western Edition) held an essay contest to determine "The most memorable inventions of the 20th Century." Here are our faves:The Handheld Potato Peeler. It can peel, slice, shave and de-eye. In a lifetime of use, my real concern is remembering not to throw out the peeler with the peelings.

- Martha Herp, Louisville, Ky.

The Blow-Dryer. My husband uses mine for drying his deodorant, defrosting the freezer, thawing pipes, sealing contact paper to a surface, and curing a headache with a shot of warm air to the forehead.

- Barbara Poole, Lincoln, Neb.

THE BIG CHEESE!

Terri Barton, a familiar Salt Lake foodie/contest winner, was chosen semi-finalist in Sargento's Tasteful Rewards Recipe Challenge. Here's her quick snack:

SAVORY STARS

1 1/2 cups Sargento 6 Cheese Italian Recipe Blend, divided

1 1/2 cups chopped seedless plum tomatoes

1 1/2 cups chopped yellow bell peppers

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

Garlic or olive oil-flavored cooking spray

48 refrigerated won ton wrappers.

In medium bowl, combine cheese, tomatoes, peppers and onions; mix well. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Arrange 24 wonton wrappers on sheets 1/2-inch apart. Brush centers of wrappers lightly with water. Arrange remaining wrappers over moistened wrappers forming 8-point "stars," pressing centers to seal. Pinch and twist centers lightly forming a pinwheel. Spray tops of wonton wrappers with cooking spray. Place about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture in center of each star, leaving points bare. Bake at 375 degrees F. about 12 minutes or until edges of stars are golden brown. Transfer to serving platter; top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 2 dozen appetizers. - - Terri Barton, Salt Lake City

IT'S OUTSELLING VANILLA!

Haagen-Dazs' newest ice cream flavor, Dulce de Leche, is breaking all new product records EVER.

Inspired by the sweet Latin American dessert of the same name, the caramel-swirled ice cream is incredible!

We wanted to test the accuracy of the Dulce de Leche claim, so we enlisted the tastes of a young man who had lived in a Latin American country. He compared the taste to a local gooey treat - "manjar," caramelized sweetened condensed milk that is poured like syrup over everything.

To verify my son's opinion, we dangled a spoon into the Dulce de Leche.

TO DIE FOR!