The Contests Articles

Choosing Finalists for Week 11

September 4, 2009 • 1 Comment



Before we get started, we want you to know that if we didn't choose your recipe as a finalist, that doesn't mean we didn't think it was great. In fact, we hope you'll re-submit your recipes for relevant recipe themes in the future.

Now that there are lots of people sending in excellent recipes, our decision-making process has shifted toward shaping the book and thinking about assembling a group of recipes that feels coherent, original and enticing.

For the Best End of Summer Cocktail, we were immediately drawn to the Blackberry Caipirinha because it was a simple twist on a classic drink, and seemed to epitomize summer. The Tom and Ginger, though elaborate, seemed thoughfully conceived and we liked the unusual combination of tomatoes with ginger. Among the others on our short list were the Yuzu, I Zu, which we planned to test but couldn't find yuzu juice; the Thai Ginger Lime Cooler; the Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis (great sounding but we didn't want to have two fruit drinks and we didn't want to have two complex drinks); the Cantaconundrum; and the Michelada (we're planning to do a beer cocktail theme so please re-enter then!).

For the Best Preserves, there was definitely a tomato theme among the entries, and we wanted to acknowledge this by choosing at least one. We went with the Sweet & Savory Tomato Jam because we liked the blend of vinegar and sugar. And we liked both of KelseyTheNaptimeChef's old-fashioned preserves: Grandma's Canned Tomatoes and Bread & Butter Pickles. Since we didn't want to end up with two tomato recipes we went with the pickles, and were amply rewarded. We also liked the sound of the Tomato Preserves (scented with lemon); Peachy Tomato Jam; Plum and Walnut Conserve; and Fresh Fig and Strawberry Jam (which calls for Harvey's Bristol Cream).


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What Would You Do?

August 28, 2009 • 4 Comments



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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Prizes from OXO, HarperStudio

August 4, 2009 • 0 Comments


In case you haven't had a chance to check out the box of gray text on the right side of our home page, we thought we'd fill you in on all of the cool stuff that you can win if you submit a recipe to one of food52's weekly recipe contests.

Not only will all of the winning recipes go into the first food52 cookbook, to be published by HarperStudio in 2010, but all finalists will receive a copy of the book. (And yes, if you're a finalist 5 times, you get 5 copies!)

What's more, our contest sponsor OXO is creating custom prize packages from their inventory of fantastic kitchen tools, which will be sent to all of the finalists as well as the Wildcard winners. Recent finalists for the Best Burger contest won a Digital Instant Read Thermometer, a BBQ Turner, a Silicone Oven Mitt and a set of Corn Holders. Also included in each package is a beautiful food52 bookmark -- perfect for keeping track of your favorite recipes.

So keep submitting recipes to the contests, because you just may win some great loot!

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