Editors' Picks -- Week 44

April 29, 2010

Once again, we want to give a big thanks to all of our volunteer recipe testers for your thoughtful comments and for helping us continue to strengthen our recipe recommendations. You can read each tester's comments by clicking through to the Editors' Picks recipes -- the comments are under "Amanda and Merrill's Notes" at the top. And even if the recipe you tested wasn't chosen as an EP, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

Congratulations to another great batch of Editors' Picks!

We've also added some incentives to reward your hard work and make things interesting. The three people who test the most Editors' Picks candidates by June 1, 2010 will be entered in a drawing to win one of these fabulous prizes:

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  • 1. A weekend stay on a small-scale working family farm with Feather Down Farm Days
  • 2. A snazzy food52 tote from L.L. Bean
  • 3. Three selections from Rick's Picks' line of delicious pickled goods


See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • gluttonforlife
  • aargersi
  • monkeymom
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gluttonforlife April 30, 2010
Although it remains a mystery why some tested recipes don't cut the mustard...
monkeymom April 30, 2010
Even more mysterious is how recipes are picked for testing. Is there any possibility for some insight about this on weekly basis (after the fact)?
Food52 April 30, 2010
gluttonforlife, The decision to make a recipe an EP is a subjective one from the editors, based on the tester's review -- but just because a recipe isn't chosen doesn't mean that it failed. We're really trying to highlight the best of the best each week. Testers are encouraged to post their feedback in the recipe's comments section. For more details on testing results, we'd suggest reaching out to the tester to discuss. Hopefully it will enrich the recipe developing process for everyone involved.
Food52 April 30, 2010
monkeymom, the EP candidates are chosen in a pretty straightforward matter: semi-democratically. After studying the recipe submissions each week, the editors vote. The recipes that garner the most interest are either tested by us or by the community. The reason it's semi-democratic is because A&M hold more sway (we could call them the executive branch, perhaps?). If we could, we'd test each and every recipe, but we think this approach is the next best thing.
aargersi April 30, 2010
Wow - thanks! It's so fun to see what other Food52-ers think of the recipes as well - love this process!!!!
monkeymom April 29, 2010
Thanks much for the pick! So glad you liked them.