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Love of cooking hits big time

Local woman honored by Martha Stewart
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Lake Oswego resident Danielle Caplan entered the story of how she developed her business, Danielle’s Sauces, into Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers Contest.” She was featured recently on Stewart’s Web site for her entry.

Lake Oswego resident Danielle Caplan has been featured recently on Martha Stewart's Web site (www.MarthaStewart.com) as part of 'Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doers Contest.' The contest encourages people who have turned a hobby into a business to tell their stories. Caplan entered the story of her company, Danielle's Sauces.

Caplan wrote that as a young girl in the 1960s, she struggled with the pressures of growing up in a mixed-race household. Her parents divorced and, at 15, an elderly neighbor befriended her and taught her the pure joy of cooking.

'It became my passion and my escape from life's pressures, and through cooking, I developed a sense of pride and self-esteem,' said Caplan.

Caplan turned her love of cooking into a career in 1991, when she was asked to create a menu for a new restaurant concept. She developed a line of low sodium, all natural sauces, which were prepared in the kitchen of her home and sold to local restaurants. In 2004, she decided to concentrate on producing, distributing and marketing her unique sauces to retail grocers.

Two of the sauces have earned top category honors at Chile Pepper Magazine's Zest Fest in Fort Worth, Texas. Danielle's Smoke and Spice BBQ and Danielle's Chiliyaki Sauce each won Golden Chile awards, the latter for Best Condiment in Show.

'I am thrilled that my story captured the spirit of the contest. I am honored to be recognized by such a great business icon for women and someone whom I have admired. This has really inspired me, and I look forward to taking Danielle's Sauces to the next level of growth and expansion,' Caplan said.

Danielle's Sauces can be purchased locally at Lamb's Palisades Thriftway Market, both Wizer's Grocery stores, Whole Foods, Market of Choice in West Linn and on the company's Web site, www.DaniellesSauces.com .

Winners in Stewart's contest will be announced Aug. 11, and will appear on the Martha Stewart Show, receive cash awards and vacation prizes.