Prize Tested Recipes: 2012 Categories
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming categories of our monthly recipe contest, then dream up something delicious for your chance to win $500!
Enter your original (never before published) recipe to win $500 in our monthly contest. One winner is selected for each category. Winning recipes will be eligible to win the 2012 Grand Prize--a selection of appliances from Frigidaire worth up to $10,000.
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January 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: May 1, 2011 to June 23, 2011
Healthy Casseroles: Start the new year with healthful comfort food. Build a casserole with layers of whole grains and vegetables. For a spin on a Mexicali casserole, bake shredded chicken in a spicy tomato-vegetable sauce and sprinkle the top with crumbled baked corn chips. Or make shepherd's pie topped with buttermilk mashed potatoes.
Creative Twists on Hummus: Create a quick and easy homemade hummus for holiday entertaining. Start with the traditional chickpeas and add herbs, nuts, or crumbled cheese for an original flavor profile. Or use other beans or a mix of beans and vegetables to create a whole new variety. Also, send in recipes that use purchased hummus fix-ups served in a fresh, unique way.
February 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: June 1, 2011 to July 23, 2011
Easy Chicken Curries: Spice up winter meals with a rich and flavor-packed curry dish. Remember to make it an easy dish limiting the ingredients and simplifying the preparation steps. To do this, you might flavor the dish with mild yellow curry powder or spicy Madras curry or sauce. For the chicken, use white or dark meat pieces to simmer in the mixture. Add some vegetables, such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, and perhaps some more unusual vegetable, such as cauliflower. Then cool off the dish with a touch of yogurt, sour cream, or coconut milk. Send us your best, newly developed recipe.
Brownies & Blondies: Let your imagination go wild and think up new ways to prepare these dessert favorites. It might even turn into a Valentines' gift idea. For brownies, stir chopped up candy, marshmallows, or broken up cookies into the batter or mix in some spices to take the bars for a spin. Stir some ready-to-eat cereal into the blondies batter or add a touch of sea salt to the brown-sugar, caramel-type bars. Perhaps chocolate pieces can be mixed in or melted on top of these buttery bars.
March 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: July 1, 2011 to August 24, 2011
Main Dish Salads: (Sponsored by Fresh Express) Start with a generous bowl of greens then top with meat, cheeses, eggs, or beans to take the salad from supporting role to main attraction. Perhaps leftovers play a part. Does your favorite salad have Asian flare or fit the comfort-dish category? One option is to top a bed of greens with fish and a citrus dressing. Send us your best new recipe.
Creative Corn Breads: Spark the flavor of corn bread by adding veggies, such as dried tomatoes or onion or chopped olives. Other possible savory stir-ins might include cooked sausage or bacon, garlic, herbs, or shredded or cubed cheese. Another possibility is to create a sweet corn bread version. Use spices such as cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg with some fruit juice as the liquid. Or, stir in some dried apricots or apples or swirl in some marmalade or preserves. You can even fix up a boxed corn bread mix. Share a new way to prepare corn bread.
Slow-Cooker Beef: Come home to dinner that's ready and waiting by starting the meal in a slow cooker early in the day. Create a soup or stew featuring cubes of beef and cut up vegetables. Perhaps an Italian-seasoned dish with beef and veggies in a tomato-based broth is something you¿d like to create. Or, take a less tender beef roast and slow cook it in barbecue sauce to be shredded for dinnertime tacos. Ground beef simmered all day in a delicious sauce to be served over pasta or in buns for a barbecue sandwich are other possibilities.
April 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: August 1, 2011 to September 23, 2011
Quick Brunch Sweets:When springtime rolls around, a brunch might be in order. We're looking for some quick ideas to serve during the morning hour get-togethers. Perhaps it's a coffee cake or batch of muffins that you've created. How about a quick bread loaf such as an apple bread with a crunchy nut topping. Scones with citrus flavors and dried fruit and oven-baked doughnuts are other possibilities. You might even come up with parfaits layering a pudding mixture with fresh fruit or a fruity pizza. Sweet fix-ups for refrigerated rolls and biscuits are also eligible.
Meatloaf Makeovers: Take a meatloaf recipe and do a major makeover on it. We're looking for a recipe that's past the basics. Need some suggestions to get you started? Try a different ground meat or a meat and poultry combination. Add some herbs or spices and chop up some veggies for the mixture. Maybe salsa or barbecue or stir-fry sauce can add a unique flavor to the loaf. How about making a layered meatloaf or filling the center of the loaf with a vegetable mixture? Share your best meatloaf idea.
May 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: September 1, 2011 to October, 23 2011
Potato Side Dishes: (Sponsored by the U.S. Potato Board) Pick one or use a variety of potatoes such as russet, red, gold, white, purple, fingerlings, or baby potatoes. Then get creative and bake, boil, mash, fry, or roast them. Serve the spuds with beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or even by themselves. Send us your best potato side, whether it features one potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, or four.
Ultimate Guacamole & Mexican Dips: Need some idea starters? How about making a two-layer dip with an avocado mixture and topping it with a sour-cream combination. Other dip ideas could start with refried beans or a vegetable salsa to serve with tortillas or corn chips. Add some chile peppers or ground chile spices to spark the flavor. Send us your most creative dip that has a south-of-the border flair.
Crowd-Pleasing Drinks: Here's your chance to get creative with beverages and develop some new cocktails or family-friendly drinks. Think about what might you serve at a backyard cookout. Would it be a punch made with fresh or frozen fruit juices and mixed with a soft drink? What about a beverage sparked with wine, or a mixed drink that you¿ve concocted using your blender? Share an idea for a newly developed drink idea.
June 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: October 1, 2011 to November 23, 2011
Berry Desserts: When fresh berries are in season, turn them into a luscious dessert. Any kind of berry qualifies--strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, or blackberries. Your recipe can star one berry or a combination of berries to make a colorful dessert. Perhaps blueberries are baked in a bar cookie or made into a baked or refrigerated pie. Other suggestions? Spoon a blend of berries into dishes and top with a creamy pudding or cheese mixture, puree berries and freeze for a sorbet or sherbet, or pile them high in a meringue shell for a refreshing summer dessert.
From the Vegetable Garden: Create a scrumptious, healthful main dish, side dish, or even an appetizer with beauties from the garden. Perhaps it's a tomato salsa, an eggplant casserole, or zucchini bread that makes good use of any abundant produce. Use the produce singly or combine several veggies in the dish. Make it a vegetarian main dish with cheese and grains or add a little meat or poultry for extra flavor. Share your best creative recipe idea that shows off the vegetable garden produce.
July 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: November 1, 2011 to December 23, 2011
Crowd-Pleasing Almond Dishes (sponsored by Almond Board of California): Grab a handful of whole, sliced, or chopped almonds or almond butter and create a new sweet or savory dish. Make a warm breakfast dish chock-full of almonds and fruit for a weekend brunch. Use chopped or sliced almonds to create a crisp crust for chicken, fish, or vegetables to serve with rice or pasta. Or bake up a sweet treat cookie, scone, or candy with almond butter and whole natural almonds.
Pork on the Grill: When it's too hot in your kitchen to oven roast or broil, take the pork cuts outside and cook then on the grill. From roasts, to steaks and chops, to ground pork patties, to cubes for kabobs, we¿re interested in what you can develop that¿s tasty and unique. Perhaps it's a loin roast that's flattened and rolled up around a savory filling, a chop that¿s been marinated in your "secret" marinade mixture, or pork cubes threaded onto skewers along with summer's best fruit or veggies and brushed with a unique barbecue sauce. Send us your most creative recipe featuring pork that's cooked on the grill.
Bowlful of Cherries!: What better way to celebrate summer than with plump cherries. Create your recipe with tart red cherries or red or yellow sweet ones. You can use fresh or frozen cherries in your new recipe. It takes a bowlful of them to make a tart or pie that¿s topped with a crust or crumbly mixture. Or, use cherries layered in parfaits, mixed in a refrigerator or frozen dessert, or baked into a cobbler or crisp. Other possibilities include bar cookies with cherry filling or a cherry shortcake topped with a more cherries. Desserts aren't the only possibilities. How about a salad, jam, or sauce featuring cherries? These are suggestions to get you on your way to developing your own original recipe.
August 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: December 1, 2011 to January 24, 2012
Burger Love: Try your hand at creating a unique burger that family and friends will love to eat. Start with ground beef, pork, ham, lamb, chicken, turkey, or fish. Or make them meatless with beans and grains. You might add extra ingredients for flavor¿herbs, spices, onions, or other veggies¿plus some crumbs. Tell us how you cook them¿grill, broil, or pan-fry¿and finally whether you top them with additional ingredients such as cheese or salsa. On what kind of rolls, buns, or bread do you serve the burger? There are plenty of choices when it comes to developing an outstanding burger that¿s sure to please.
Summer Pies: This is the season to use fresh fruit¿berries, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, cherries¿to bake into a pie. Develop a recipe using one or several fruits with one or two crusts or a crumbly topping. Tell us about the crust¿traditional, a sweeter cookie combination, or a crumb crust made with cookies or crackers. Another possibility is to create a cool or light-tasting pie, such as one that¿s frozen or refrigerated. Pie filling ideas include berries and cream cheese or whipped cream combinations.
September 2012 Recipe Categories
Contest runs: January 1, 2012 to February 24, 2012
Healthy Snacks: Back-to-school season brings the need for after-school treats that are more than empty calories. These healthy treats can be cereal-based bars or cookies, snack mixes made with popcorn or cereal, whole grain crackers with cheese or nut butter toppings, yogurt-based dips and spreads to accompany cut-up veggies and fruit, mini sandwiches made on small whole grain bagels or buns, fresh or dried fruit mixes, or any other combination of healthy ingredients. How about deviled eggs made with low-fat ingredients? Share your healthiest recipe for afterschool or anytime snacking.
Banana Desserts: Go bananas and come up with a new way to make a craveworthy banana dessert. There are many different ways to work this fruit into something sweet¿cakes, cupcakes, drop cookies, bar cookies, pies, tarts, ice cream treats, or dessert sauces. A twist on a classic, like banana pudding, banana cream pie, or bananas Foster, is also welcome. Get creative and think up a dessert to showcase this much-loved fruit.