Two local residents will soon compete in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando, Fla.

After receiving tens of thousands of creative recipes from across the country, contest officials have announced the 100 talented home cooks who earned a place in cooking history and a chance to compete for the $1 million grand prize at the upcoming contest.

The finalists represent 35 different states, from Connecticut to Hawaii. The 100 finalists range in age from 25 to 77 and include five men and 95 women.

New Milford resident Sarah Meuser and Antoinette Leal of Ridgefield have each earned a coveted spot in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. A third Connecticut resident, Valerie Schucht of Glastonbury, is also a finalist.

Ms. Meuser's original recipe is for salted caramel macaroons. Ms. Schucht's is for vanilla-malt-toffee triangles with sea salt, and Ms. Leal's is for white ahocolate and apple-cinnamon roll bread pudding.