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8-Week Featured Ingredient Recipe Contest!

By Paige Brady, June 7, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
What would you do with a $1,000 Gift Card to Whole Foods Market? Well, you might have the opportunity to find out! We're collaborating with food52, an online community for home cooks, to sponsor eight weeks of recipe contests and the chance to win big. Founded by Amanda Hesser, author and former New York Times food editor and editor of T Living, and Merrill Stubbs, freelance food writer and editor, food52 holds weekly recipe contests and uses crowd-sourcing and curation to bring its members recipes, shopping tips, blogs and conversation. Our partnership with food52 spotlights summer’s flavorful ingredients such as basil and heirloom tomatoes while giving home cooks a strong voice in creating, sharing and celebrating the season’s best recipes. From today to July 26, a different seasonal ingredient will be announced each week here and on food52.com, and home cooks will have one week to submit an original recipe based on the featured ingredient. The following week, food52 will announce two finalists, and the online community will be able to vote on a winner from the two. Each weekly winner will receive a $100 gift card from Whole Foods Market. The eight winners from each week will be entered into a grand-prize contest for a $1,000 Whole Foods Market gift card! Here’s a sneak peek at the whole 8-week list:
  • June 7                     Cucumbers
  • June 14                   Fresh mozzarella
  • June 21                   Cherries
  • June 28                   Summer squash
  • July 5                      Basil
  • July 12                    Swordfish
  • July 19                    Ground beef burgers
  • July 26                    Heirloom tomatoes
So get cooking with your recipe suggestions for cucumber! All recipe submissions must meet Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards, which means that they must be free of hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. Curious to see what kind of recipes have been selected by food52 in the past? Here are a couple, perfect for your summer table: Good luck! Food photos by Sarah Shatz, courtesy of food52




Heather C says ...
I love this idea! I'm a Dietitian with a food/fitness blog and I'd love to promote it on my site. If there's any issue with cross-linking this, just let me know. Thanks!
06/08/2010 12:05:43 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Heather No issues at all. Link away!
06/08/2010 1:25:16 PM CDT
amy says ...
Hi there! Where do we enter our recipe? thanks!
06/09/2010 8:16:39 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@amy You enter your recipe on the food52 website. There's a link from their homepage for the current week's contest. <a href="http://www.food52.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.food52.com/</a> Good luck!
06/09/2010 8:53:57 AM CDT
Vicky says ...
Always looking for new + healthy recipes!
06/09/2010 2:46:14 PM CDT
Donna says ...
I don't have a website - can I still enter the recipe contest? Does the recipe have to be entered with a photograph? Thanks much, everybody. This is a fantastic website and fantastic recipe contest idea.
06/09/2010 4:16:21 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Donna All of the specific contest rules are on the Food52 website. You don''t need to have your own website and photos are not required. Good luck!
06/09/2010 7:15:57 PM CDT
Debra Keil says ...
Creamy Herbed Cucumbers 1/3 c. sour cream 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1 garlic, minced 1 T. flat-leaf Italian Parsley, chopped 1 T. fresh dill, chopped 1 T. chopped fresh chives Salt and pepper 3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/2 sweet onion, sliced thin Whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, and garlic. Mix until smooth. Add herbs and salt and pepper. Mix. Fold in cucumbers and onions. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours. 6-8 servings This recipe is a great way to use the abundance of cucumbers that your garden may yield.
06/11/2010 10:24:27 AM CDT
Danite Hayes says ...
How doI sign up for the Recipe Contest
06/11/2010 3:58:04 PM CDT
anzerme says ...
Why is it so difficult to find out how to enter this contest? Anyone know how? (I didn't find anything at the Food52 website). Thanks!
06/12/2010 1:17:13 AM CDT
Sindhu Kaimal says ...
Ingredients: •2 cups fresh yoghurt (should not be sour) •2 small cucumbers peeled and cut into cubes •2 cloves of garlic •1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root •1 teaspoon lime juice •1 cup crushed ice •Salt according to taste •1/4 teaspoon cumin powder (roasted) •Sprigs of mint to garnish Preparation: •Mix all the ingredients (except the cumin powder and mint) in a blender or food processor till smooth. •Pour into tall glasses and sprinkle some cumin powder. Garnish with a sprig of mint. It is ready to serve
06/13/2010 7:38:37 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@anzerme Sorry for the challenges! Maybe it will be simpler if you go directly to the food52 contest page here: http://www.food52.com/contests The ingredient for the recipe contest changes each week, so you'll see the mozzarella contest this week instead of the cucumber one. Hope this helps!
06/14/2010 8:39:19 AM CDT
jane mcmillan says ...
It was impossible for me to log in
06/16/2010 11:51:13 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Jane Sorry you are having challenges. We are sharing these comments with Food52 and hopefully they can address them.
06/16/2010 3:52:16 PM CDT
Kim says ...
Cucumber Watermelon Slaw 1/2 thinly sliced Vidalia or Sweet Onion 2 large Cucumbers (halved and deseeded) sliced thin 1 celery rib, sliced thin Toss with 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt set aside 15 minutes mix 1/4 cup bottled ranch dressing with 1 Tablespoon Orange Marmalade and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar-set aside. Drain the cucumber mixture in strainer and wring out any excessive moisture. Add the cucumber mix and 1 cup diced seedless watermelon to the dressing, gentl y mix and chill before serving.
06/16/2010 9:32:13 PM CDT
Gillian says ...
Portobello Mozarella burger 2 portobello mushrooms Kale 1 inch round slice of mozarella 1 bunch of fresh basil 1/4 cup pine nuts 2 cloves of garlic Kale 1 heirloom tomato Olive oil Pink himilayan sea salt Ground pepper Chili spice 1. Marinate kale and portobello mushrooms in olive oil, 3.salt, pepper and chili powder. 2. Bake kale in oven for 5-10 minutes until crispy. 3. Blend basil, pine nuts, garlic and a healthy dash of olive oil in food processor until it makes a smooth pesto. 4. Barbeque portobello mushroom caps 10 minutes until grilled. 5. Assemble burger using mushroom caps as a bun, fill with mozzarella slice, crispy kale, tomato and a generous slathering of pesto. Enjoy with a side of spicy yam fries, quinoa or a fresh salad!
06/17/2010 1:03:31 PM CDT
Susan Davidson says ...
Summer Colour Open-Faced Sandwich Ingredients: 1 slice whole grain bread (or your choice) 1-2 teaspoons fresh pesto 2-3 slices fresh mozzarella 1 slim slice yellow tomato 1 slim slice red tomato 1 slim slice orange tomato 2-3 slices of avaocado 1 large red basil leaf &amp; 1 large green leaf basil leaf 1. spread pesto on bread 2. top bread with ingredients in order given above 3.ENJOY!
06/17/2010 2:58:52 PM CDT
Amanda &amp; Merrill says ...
Hi everyone -- we just wanted to clarify how to go about entering our Whole Foods-sponsored contests -- this week, we're looking for Your Best Recipe Using Fresh Mozzarella. The contest is taking place over at www.food52.com, where you'll need to sign up for an account (it's super quick and free to do so) -- just click "Sign Up" on the top right of the website. Once you're logged in, you can upload your recipe either from your profile page or from our main Recipes page, by clicking "Add a new recipe." If you have any trouble, you can always email us at editors@food52.com Thank you all for sharing your delicious recipes! Amanda &amp; Merrill
06/18/2010 10:31:27 AM CDT
Debra Keil says ...
Citrus Basiltini 3-4 basil leaves 2 oz. citrus vodka 1 t. pomegranate juice 1 t. lemon juice 1 t. bitters Pinch of black pepper ice Chill martini glass. Muddle leaves in shaker. Add other ingredients to shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.
07/07/2010 3:33:01 PM CDT
The Enchanted Cook says ...
I can't believe I totally missed this contest and what a great idea it is! Will you be doing another?
08/17/2010 9:06:42 AM CDT
glenn reid says ...
I vote for the squash 7 cous cous salad. This is a very versatile recipe that can be adapted to almost any grain. Although it can be very sweet, it is easy to moderate the sugar by eliminating or reducing the amount of honey and/or raisins. This should be both healthy and easy to make.
08/18/2010 3:05:17 PM CDT
Ben Lloy says ...
Perfect poached peaches 7 fragrant basil...what could be more refreshing for the pallet?
08/18/2010 3:45:43 PM CDT
Susan New Orleans, says ...
Summer Squash Couscous is the bomb
08/18/2010 4:20:12 PM CDT
CJamz says ...
The 8-Week Featured Ingredient Recipe Contest is awesome! I can't wait to enter it next year! I am a true Whole Foods Market junkie! I should have my paychecks directly deposited to a special WFM account! So a little more on me....NO regrets, just lessons learned, in both life and the kitchen! My love for the ocean is where my soul reconnects with reality. The kitchen is my other sanctuary where I am able to artistically create culinary works of edible art! My favorite things to cook; Breakfast Meals, Grilling, BBQing, Italian dishes and anything from scratch. Keep it real! Never the cook the same thing twice. Keep 'em guessing. Make EVERY meal an original meal! I am the undefeated Champion of the Real Men cook competition in the best hot appetizer category for over ten years! My love of cooking was a staple at the firehouse table, we loved to cook! Our firefighters’ association did a lot of cooking based fund raising; breakfasts, dinners and BBQ’s. MORE FROM ABOVE...During my off time/seasons from the FD, I worked in the Hospitality field as a resident Innkeeper and breakfast chef for an upscale 4 diamond Bed &amp; Breakfast for over 10 years.I NEVER enjoyed the "Intuitional Style Chef". Cooking for friends and family was what I was made for including the occasional fund-raising event. I now cook for a hobby and am putting together The Firehouse Cookbook.
08/18/2010 5:28:48 PM CDT
Zana Bowen says ...
Buffalo Mozzerella with Balsamic plums...yum! It just sounds so appealing that I want to go grocery shopping right now. It's on my dinner menu!
08/18/2010 6:12:40 PM CDT