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The Best Part of Wakin’ Up? Sing it Loud!

Want to go down in the history books as one of the greatest TV commercial jingle composers of all time?

Here’s your chance …

From Johnny Cash’s soulful spin to the upbeat melody of Rascal Flatts, many musicians have put their spin on the catchy little “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up” jingle for Folgers. Composed by Leslie Pearl, the original jingle debuted in 1984 and has since been used in countless advertisements in country, R&B, a cappella and gospel versions.

Now the company is searching for the next great rendition.

Folgers and award-winning musician and songwriter Gavin DeGraw invite anyone with an affinity for music to submit their own version of the iconic jingle – “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup” – by March 6, 2013, for a chance to win $25,000.

Individuals and groups of six or fewer are encouraged to submit original video entries through March 6 on will be judged based on creativity/originality, musical performance and adherence to the creative assignment. The top 10 finalists will have their entries posted online for a nationwide vote from May 15 through June 19, 2013.

Go, Charleston, go!

Vote Now for the Best Fish Sandwich in Town!

Hey Charleston peeps …

Lent season is upon us and we’re looking for the best fish sandwiches in town!

Does your local hangout do it better than the rest? And if so, what makes it so — the fish itself, the bun, the sauce? Inquiring minds want to know.

Vote here for your favorite place for fish: Then follow the Charleston Daily Mail and this Food Guy blog for all of the tasty results.

Bridgeport Woman Wins Super Bowl Recipe Contest

Just in time for tonight’s Super Bowl, a Bridgeport woman has beat out hundreds of entrants in the “Sporty Snack Showdown” at, a recipe and social network for home cooks. And she didn’t just win bragging rights, but also a $4,000 home entertainment system.

Jeanette Nelson won for her Island Teriyaki Tiki Chicken Bites, little rolls stuffed with Asian-flavored chicken, green onions, red peppers and carrots flavored with pineapple preserves, garlic, sesame oil, hot chili sauce and more.

“Who can resist this fabulous appetizer? I know I can’t — especially when you dip them into a sweet and sour sauce,” Jeanette says. “I guarantee if you put these in front of a crowd they will be gone in seconds!”

Nelson is a proud mom of three girls (ages 3, 7 and 11) and says Asian food is a hit in her family.

“This delicious appetizer recipe captures those flavors you find at your favorite Chinese restaurant.”

You can find the winning recipe, along with photos and notes about the dish, here.