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Some of you have been wondering about a mysterious contest category called the Wildcard. We thought it was time to explain it.

So how do you enter a recipe to be considered as a wildcard?

You don't!

We created the Wildcard category as a way to highlight recipes that don't fit into our weekly recipe themes. Sometimes we choose past finalists that didn't win but that we think deserve to be in the book, like the Pink Greens. Mostly, though, we look for excellent recipes that are uploaded to the site without the explicit intention of being considered for the book. We test and photograph them the same way we test all contest finalists, the winners all receive a box of prizes from OXO, and the recipes will appear in the food52 cookbook.

So in case you needed another reason to share your recipes with the food52 community, here you go! One of them just may end up in our book.