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What Would You Do?

August 28, 2009 • 4 Comments

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Each week we get more and more great contest entries, and this past week posed the most daunting challenge so far. Both the Tomato and the Frozen Dessert themes inspired an influx of fantastic ideas, and it was really difficult for us to decide which recipes to test. We've made our selections, which we'll announce on Friday -- but in the meantime, we'd love to know which entries you'd choose as potential finalists. So please use the comments section below to tell us which recipes you liked best and why!

 

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Merrill

about 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks, everyone, for your great input! Now that we've posted this week's finalists, we thought we'd share some of the thoughts behind our decisions. Regarding the tomato contest entries, there were some recipes we thought might work well for future contests (like the tomato relish and canned tomatoes for this week's preserves theme, and the bloody mary for for this week's drink theme). All of the panzanellas looked delicious, but the BLT Panzanella had us at bacon (we're only human). And the Tomato Bisque technique is fascinating.

With the frozen desserts, we realized almost right away that we hadn't defined the theme clearly enough because there were gelatos and semifreddos that sounded excellent but were too close to ice cream. So we decided we'd do an ice cream contest soon so people can re-enter these recipes (which we hope they will!). That allowed us to focus on the sorbets, sherbets and granitas. In the end, we were drawn by the technique in the Quick Strawberry Sherbet and the flavors in the Lemon Basil Sherbet -- and we thought it would be fun to have the sherbets go head to head. Isn't it time for a sherbet renaissance?

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about 5 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

I hear you, all the entries look awesome. The herb white wine granita looks amazing and so does the frozen mocha. The tomato is almost too hard to choose, but I love anything slow-roasted, so, aside from my own, I have to say the slow-roasted tomato, caramelized onion and goat cheese tart looks delicious. And I love the idea of homemade catsup.

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about 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

The herb and white wine granita and Salmorejo Andaluz are the two entries that I'm most intrigued by, though there are so many appealing entries for both contests! I couldn't turn down tomato ANYTHING this time of year.

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about 5 years ago maryvelasquez

I feel your pain. All of the tomato recipes look amazing. I personally wouldn't test anything right now that requires me turning on my oven. It looks like could have a tomato soup category all on its own. I am tempted to try the Raw Tomato Basil Soup and the Creamless Cream of Tomato Soup because they are simple and showcase the tomato flavor--and I'm guessing they'd make a dent in my bumper crop. Also, the Piedmont Apple Catsup looks unique.