Food52 Site Updates

Our New Recipe Contest Schedule

By • May 25, 2012 • 30 Comments

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We're shaking things up around here -- now you'll have more of a say than ever in finding the best recipes on FOOD52.

Ever since our contests started three years ago, FOOD52's editorial team has read, tested, and announced finalists for you all to vote on. Then we dreamed up Community Picks -- the honorable mentions of every contest that you all help us test.

But we think it would work better the other way around. Starting this week, we want you to be involved in elevating finalists from the start. So we're trying something new: you'll test the Community Picks first, then we'll try out your favorites to find our top two. You'll still have the final say, by voting for the winner.

A few other shiny new improvements:
-- Testers will stay anonymous until the Community Picks are awarded -- we want to make sure you're comfortable giving an honest review
-- We want more of the community to get involved -- up to 3 testers per recipe, after that you'll be waitlisted.
-- We'll choose the best written review (under 100 words) to add to the recipe's headnote -- so make it count!

Bear with us -- this is a pilot project and there are sure to be bumps, and maybe rejiggerings, along the way. Thank you for playing along with us to make our contests better.

If you haven't participated in our recipe contests before, you can read more about them here.



The New Schedule (with sample dates for Your Best Radishes & Turnips)
-- Friday (5/25): We announce the list of candidates (see below) -- let the dibs calling begin!
-- Wednesday at 5pm (5/30): Your testing notes are due to [email protected]
-- Over the weekend: We test the ones you all liked best
-- Thursday 12pm (6/7): We announce the two finalists & all the winning Community Picks, with as many of our pretty photos as possible
-- Till Wednesday at 12pm (6/13): You vote, then we crown the winner!

 

Community-Tested Pick Candidates (go call dibs in the anonymous form below!) 

Radish-Carrot Date Nut Bread
Quick Radish Relish 
Triple Radish Yum -- Up for grabs!
Roasted Radishes with Almond Salsa Verde
Caccio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes
Tarator…The Radish Version 
Turnip Risotto
Radish Mint Relish Delish 
Spring Radish Salad with Chervil and Pepitas -- Up for grabs!
Spring Pesto with Roasted Radish, Mint and Preserved Lemon 
Roasted Root Vegetables with Soy Caramel and Crisped Rice
Radish Cippolini Roast 
Crunchy Celery, Radishes and Turnips Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce 
Radish Top Aioli
Turnip Carrot Slaw 
Roasted Spring Root Vegetables with Horseradish-Thyme Butter 
Radish Couscous 
Creamy Spring Turnip Soup With Wilted Radish Greens And Bacon
Radish, Mascarpone, Honey, Salt
Buckwheat Tabbouleu with Roasted Young Turnips and Crunchy Radishes
Muli Ja Muthia - Radish Dumplings 

Tags: community picks, the contests, recipe testing

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Stringio

12 months ago Marisa Raponi

I'm new here, but I'd like to know how you determine who or how you come up with the list of candidates?

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

how do you determine the ones we all liked best? Is it strictly from the recipe testers' notes, or do the comments have any influence? Many folks who have tried the recipes leave comments, but aren't necessarily official recipe testers.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

What happens if a recipe was already chosen for CP in a different contest? Will it potentially be thrown in the mix for re-testing? Will it still be considered for finalist?

Meg_b_f52

almost 2 years ago meganvt01

Will this new schedule/approach affect the frequency of contests? Since now it appears a whole contest will take three weeks from start to finish. Will there be a new contest announced this week?

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Definitely an interesting change, and I look forward to seeing how it works out. My weekend is/was also quite hectic, but if any recipes are still left later I'll step up. We just had a huge party yesterday (my friend's annual crawfish party) so I spent a ton of time making desserts (including a showpiece alligator cake) this past week. Today is clean up. I should be sufficiently recovered by Monday or Tuesday!

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Wow...that's one amazing and impressive alligator cake in you profile pic!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'll say really amazing!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks! It was a collaborative effort between myself, my brother, and my husband.

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almost 2 years ago susan g

Can we get an update on what is still available?

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almost 2 years ago gourmettenyc

The recipes that are still available have been updated in the post. Look for "Up for grabs!"

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almost 2 years ago deanna1001

I like the idea but am not loving the reality. I liked being able to see which recipes were still available...frankly, I don't have the time or patience to keep shooting in the dark to test. I tried for one on the day you published and got an email a while later letting me know that it was already taken...perhaps you can find some way to indicate on the list which ones are already spoken for. I do like the anonymous aspect, and think you might consider publishing all three reviews. That way we can see how the recipe fared in 3 environments. Also - by selecting the one you think is best written we may miss some valuable comments from testers for whom English is not a first language. I do not like that competitive aspect of this new system.

I'll wait to see how it all works out, but for now will take a back seat.

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almost 2 years ago CarolinaEpicurean

Great points!

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

I also wonder how our community cooks whose native language is not English will fare in terms of writing a "best written review". I guess I am asking what constitutes a best written review.

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almost 2 years ago ATG117

I like that the testers comments will be anonymous, because I agree with greenstuff that there seemed to be pressure to write only glowing reviews.

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almost 2 years ago ATG117

I like that the testers comments will be anonymous, because I agree with greenstuff that there seemed to be pressure to write only glowing reviews.

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almost 2 years ago ATG117

I like that the testers comments will be anonymous, because I agree with greenstuff that there seemed to be pressure to write only glowing reviews.

Sausage2

almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Wow! Neat new approach. It will be so interesting to see how it goes! My weekend is beyond crazy with guests so I have to opt out, but I'll look forward to the next contest.

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almost 2 years ago susan g

Thank you for posting the schedule so specifically! That has been hard to find.
Now to all those great choices...

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Will you let us know if a recipe has not been picked for testing in case we want to test more than one?

Chris_in_oslo

almost 2 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

VERY good move. Applause! The feeding frenzy of the calling dibs and the (unintentioned) pressure to write great reviews made me just a little uncomfortable. And I love that you take us all along on your experiments. More applause!

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almost 2 years ago Pmudpies

I love this idea. I love radishes. I hope I get to review one!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is an incredible idea, I love it! It really put's the community in a Community Pick!!

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almost 2 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Love the new format! Not a big radish and turnip fan so I will wait until next week, but it sounds like fun!

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almost 2 years ago CarolinaEpicurean

I love it! I'm tired of seeing the same people win despite all the great entries. This will elevate new names.

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

What a fun way to shake things up a little!

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almost 2 years ago Ms. T

I think the new system sounds great! Sorry I can't test this week but will definitely look for another chance to do so.

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almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

SO fun! Can we sign up to test more than one?

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almost 2 years ago gourmettenyc

Glad you like the new system! Yes, you may for now. We reserve the right to change our minds, though (in case testing more than one recipe proves to be too chaotic).

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almost 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Sounds like fun!

Meg_b_f52

almost 2 years ago meganvt01

This is so cool! Love this new twist and I'm excited to be part of the new process.