Recipes wanted! Or simply: And we are excited!
September 27, 2010 - Taste Buds
IT'S OFFICIAL! The Buds are so excited!
This is the best times of the year in our books.
Alright...it may not be as good as our birthdays or Halloween when we get to eat cake and candy until we fall into deep comas, but it still is the time of year that excites our little taste buds beyond belief!
It's time for you to send us your recipes for the Holiday Traditions Cookbook which will be published in time for your holiday cooking plans.
That's right ladies and gentlemen. We expect you to start your cooking engines and send us your absolute favorite recipes.
We just can't wait to salivate over the tasty sounding recipes you are going to send us. (Some of you have already made us happy by getting your recipes in early. You make us soooooo happy!)
And, as a surprise, we've made a very exciting announcement for this year's cookbook. The Buds are now looking for the most tempting dishes in six (Yep! Count 'em. We said six!) categories.
In the past, the cookbook has featured numerous recipes in just five categories: Appetizers, featuring those delightful dishes served at parties or to start the meal; Breads, a main staple in ever home; Soups, Salads and Sides, from veggies to casseroles and more; Main Dishes, featuring the star of the meal; Sweet Treats, desserts and treats. Those categories will continue to be a part of the annual holiday book.
But with the addition of the latest category "On The Simple Side!," area cooks will find it to be a perfect opportunity to share their favorite "this is so simple" recipe with other cooks who are just as busy as the recipes submitter!
The new addition will center around the practice of streamlining recipes for simplicity and speed of preparation; keeping ingredients to a minimum (six or less), and, of course, time. Methods of preparation such as convection or microwave ovens and the glorious slow cooker will also be included in this category. Of course, we aren't limiting the preparation method...we just want to make sure the recipe is quick and simple! Heck, fire, we even want those recipes that require no cooking at all!
We will still carry on the tradition of judging the recipes as we once once again team up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upper Ohio Valley to select the winning recipes.
Three semi-finalists will be selected in each of the six categories. Those chosen dishes will be prepared by the cooks who submitted the recipes during Bid Brothers Big Sisters annual Festivals of Trees to be held at a new location this year: the Artisan Center at River City Brewery in Wheeling on November 15 at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public allowing friends and family members to cheer on their favorite cook.
The Times-Leader's own Taste Buds and a mystery judge (although Bud Em, who can be a little greedy, is more than willing to taste everything twice) will be tasting the three top dishes in each category during the cookoff. A winner and runner-up will be selected in each of the six categories.
Those cookoff recipes will be the featured dishes in the Holiday Traditions magazine/cookbook. All other submitted recipes will be included in the cookbook with any overflow published in The Times Leader at a later date.
The top recipe in each category will earn a prize package featuring gift cards and a gift basket. The runners-up will receive a gift card from a local grocery store while one of the top submissions will gain a grocery store gift card in a random drawing!
So, what are you waiting for? Get busy. The Buds are waiting with forks ready and napkins at their disposal!
There is an October 29 deadline submission for entries and we are making it easy for cooks to submit their favorite recipes by adding an email account for use specific to the cookoff and recipe contest, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions may also be made by visiting our Virtual Newsroom at timesleaderonline.com and submitting a recipe through the recipe button. Of course, you can also bring the recipes to us in person or by mail to Holiday Traditions Recipe Contest, c/o The Times Leader, 200 South 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
Again, the deadline for all submissions is October 29. To be fair to all contestants, no late entries will be accepted even if they make the Buds want to come to your house for dinner.
When submitting your entries, please include your name and a telephone number where you may be reached between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, we will require each submission to include your name and address along with the category you would like the recipe to be judged in.
Recipes must include concise information as to amount, ingredients, temperatures, cooking times, preparation methods, etc. WITHOUT abbreviations. Recipes that do not include this important information will not be considered.
The cookoff is being sponsored by The Times Leader, Riesbecks and Kroger.
Here is a recipe for Pumpkin Roll Cake submitted by Chris Ainscough in 2009:
Pumpkin Roll Cake
1 cup cake flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 eggs1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 cups cream cheese frosting
Powdered sugar, spiced walnuts for garnish
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Sift flour, spice, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix eggs and sugar until thick (6 to 10 minutes). Add pumpkin and fold in flour mixture. Spread in pan and bake for 15 minutes. Cool.
Turn onto cleaned parchment paper dusted with powdered sugar. Peel off parchment paper and roll on to fresh paper to form a log. Cool for one hour.
Gently unroll and spread with frosting. Re-roll cake. Firmly chill for one hour.
Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with nuts.