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Photo provided by Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission -- Samantha Foglesong of Baton Rouge takes first place in the 10th annual Sweet Rewards recipe contest's fresh category for her Creamy Smoked Sweet Potato Soup. The contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, along with Louisiana Cookin’ magazine,

Baton Rouge resident Samantha Foglesong won first place in the fresh category of the Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest by pairing smoked sweet potatoes with crabmeat in a creamy soup.

The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, along with Louisiana Cookin’ magazine, last week announced the winners in the 10th annual contest. Foglesong was awarded $500 for her Creamy Smoked Sweet Potato Soup.

Participants in the Sweet Rewards contest are required to use fresh, frozen or canned sweet potatoes to create a dish. Recipes are judged on overall flavor, visual appeal and creativity.

Students from the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge prepared the finalists’ recipes for judging by a panel of Louisiana foodies.

This year’s contest consisted of five new categories: fresh, canned, frozen, student and professional. Five first-place winners were selected as well as a grand-prize winner.

Peter Crouth, of Plantsville, Connecticut, won the grand prize of $1,000 for his B.L.T. Sweet Potato Hash.

First-place winners in each of five categories received $500. In addition to Foglesong, category winners were:

STUDENT: Adrian Vazquez, a Washburne Culinary Institute student from Chicago, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Sage Brown Butter

PROFESSIONAL : Brian Karam, of Lincolnshire, Illinois, Sweet Potato Cajun Fritters

CANNED : Michele Carl, of Masonville, Colorado, Sweet Potato Butter S’mores

FROZEN : Karen McGowan, of Houston, Piquant Sweet Potato Quiche.

Foglesong’s and the other winning recipes will be featured in Louisiana Cookin’ magazine’s November issue, as well as on its website. The recipes also are available under the recipes tab of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission’s website,

Free recipes and nutritional information also are available on the commission’s Facebook fan page,