THE DEADLINE is nearing for The Times Leader's annual Holiday Traditions Cookbook.
The response to this year's contest has been great but there is still time to get more recipes to us. All entries into the six categories must be posted marked or in our hands by Friday, Oct. 29.
The categories include appetizers; breads; soups, salads and sides; main dishes; sweet treats and new to this year's cookbook: "On the Simple Side!"
The Times Leader's own Taste Buds will carry on the tradition of judging the recipes as they team up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upper Ohio Valley to select the winning submissions.
Three semi-finalists will be selected in each of the six categories by a unbiased panel of food lovers. The selected cooks in each category will be contacted by Nov. 5 so they have time to prepare for the actual cook off.
Those chosen dishes will then be prepared by the cooks who submitted the recipes during the Big 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 Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
The Taste Buds and another yet-to-be-named judge will be tasting the three top dishes in each category during the cookoff. A winner and runner-up will be named in each of the six categories during the Nov. 15 event.
The cookoff recipes will be featured 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!
Cooks may submit their favorite recipes by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by visiting our Virtual Newsroom at timesleaderonline.com and submitting a recipe through the recipe button, in person or by mail to Holiday Traditions Recipe Contest, c/o The Times Leader, 200 South 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
To be fair to all contestants, no late entries will be accepted.
All entries must include the submitter's 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, Kroger and the Casa diVino "House of Wine" and Wheeling Coffee Shoppe.
Those with question should call 1-800-633-1131 extension 138.