The announcement that the annual Times Leader Holiday Traditions recipe contest is underway may have slipped by some of you. (Although the handful of readers with the keen eyes are already on top of things.) That's OK. We'll forgive you - this time. But now that you've been reminded, get up out of your chair and start digging through your recipe books. We want your favorite recipe to include in our Holiday Traditions cookbook.
The cookbook is divided into six different categories: appetizers, featuring dips, finger foods, and anything you'd serve to start a party; soup, salads and breads, including all those wonderful pre-meal palate pleasers; main dishes, featuring the main attraction of the meal; sweet treats, including cookies, cakes and pies; on the simple side, featuring speedy and simple recipes with six ingredients or less; and finally a new category this year, holiday "to-gos," featuring covered dish ideas that are easily portable to all your holiday parties. You can submit one recipe (just make sure you tell us which category you'd like your dish to go in) or many recipes if you can't pick only one favorite.
Three semi-finalists will be selected from each of the six categories. The cooks of these recipes will then present their dishes during the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Festival of Trees at the Artisan Center in River City Brewery in Wheeling on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1-3 p.m. The event is open to the public, so bring your family and friends to cheer you on!
The winner with the top recipe in each category will receive a $50 gift card from Riesbecks, and the runner up will receive a $35 gift card from Kroger. There will also be a random drawing for a $35 Kroger gift card. Other prizes include a gift certificate from Wheeling Coffee and a gift basket from Casa di Vino. The recipes showcased at the cookoff will be featured dishes in the Holiday Traditions cookbook. All other submitted recipes will be included in the cookbook. Any overflow will be published in The Times Leader at a later date.
If you've never sent in a recipe before, why not try it this year? We hope to get a nice variety of contestants - new and old - with new recipes. One of your favorite recipes might become someone else's favorite recipe - and you just might win a prize for your effort!
You can submit your recipe by email to htrecipes@ timesleaderonline.com; through our Virtual Newsroom at timesleaderonline.com by selecting the recipe button under society; or drop it off or mail it to Holiday Traditions Recipe Contest, c/o The Times Leader, 200 South 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, 43935. No recipes will be accepted over the phone.
You've only got a month before the contest closes, so don't wait until the last minute. The submission deadline is Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. To be fair to all contestants, no late entries will be accepted.
As for the important details, make with your entries to include your name and a phone number where you can be reached during the day. We also require your name, address and the category you would like us to judge your recipe.
In addition, recipes must include concise information regarding amounts, ingredients, temperatures, cooking times, preparation methods, etc., WITHOUT abbreviations. Recipes that do not include the required information will not be included in Holiday Traditions.
This year's cookoff is being sponsored by Riesbecks, Kroger, Wheeling Coffee and Casa de Vino.