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    Ready--Set-Cook Special Edition

    Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:08 am Groupie
    Spinning off of the super-popular game many of you have been playing for years, Ready, Set, Cook, we've teamed up with Simply Potatoes® to bring you Ready, Set, Cook! Special Edition. And this time, thanks to our sponsor, the game comes with a pretty awesome grand prize: $2,000!

    Before we go any further, a shout out needs to be made to our resident contest maven Susie D for running this fantastic contest for so long and giving us inspiration to try it ourselves!

    The general premise for the game is still the same – with a bit of a twist. We invite you to show off your culinary creativity by submitting an original recipe that features one Simply Potatoes® product and four other official contest ingredients. Create a main dish, appetizer, side dish or more, and add in any other ingredients you choose!

    The five highest-rated recipes will become semi-finalists and will be shared with a guest judge, professional chef and blogger Kristy Bernardo of the The Wicked Noodle. She’s going to pick a grand prize winning recipe after she tests them out herself! What’s the submitter of the winning recipe get? $2,000 and their recipe featured in a Simply Potatoes® advertisement in Food Network Magazine!

    There’s a bonus prize, too. This special edition of the contest includes a People’s Choice prize of $750 that goes to the recipe with the highest overall rating! (More on all that below.)

    Contest Timeline
    February 15 - March 7:
    * Submit your original recipe(s) via our SPECIAL CONTEST PAGE (only submit here; not through normal recipe submission form)
    * Rate and review other contest entries as they come in

    March 8 - March 21:
    * Recipe submissions are closed as of March 7 but you have another two weeks to continue to rate and review all entries – remember there’s a People’s Choice prize!

    March 22:
    * Five semi-finalist recipes will be announced and shared with guest judge Kristy Bernardo to review

    April 11:
    * Grand prize winner and runner-up prize winner will be announced!

    Official Contest Ingredients
    We’ve provided a list of official contest ingredients. Your original recipe submission must include one of three Simply Potatoes® products and four more contest ingredients for a total of five required ingredients.

    Your entry must include 1 of these:
    Simply Potatoes® Shredded Hashbrowns
    Simply Potatoes® Diced Potatoes with Onions
    Simply Potatoes® Traditional Mashed Potatoes

    And your entry must include 4 of these:
    Fresh or Frozen Shrimp
    Fresh or Frozen Spinach
    Fresh Carrots
    Sun-Dried Tomatoes
    Green Onions
    Red Bell Peppers
    Chicken Broth
    Alfredo Sauce
    Goat Cheese
    Taco Seasoning
    Black Beans
    White Wine Vinegar

    Along with the five required contest ingredients, you may use as many other ingredients as you like. However, the five contest ingredients you use must be essential to the dish – meaning that if you took any one of them away, it would alter the dish and make it something different. Layman’s terms: Don’t use one of your five ingredients as a garnish!

    How to Enter
    Please use the “Submit Your Recipe” link on our official contest page. Or click HERE to enter your recipe into the contest. DO NOT submit your entry via our regular recipe submission form.

    When entering your recipe, please add this copy to the beginning of your recipe description: “Ready, Set, Cook! Special Edition Contest Entry.” This helps to clearly delineate contest recipes from regular recipes. We will also add this line to all contest entries if people forget.

    How Highest-Rated Recipes Will Be Determined
    We are using a points-based system to determine the highest-rated recipes. Points will be assigned to every recipe submitted based on the ratings it receives from the community. Only review that include a star rating will determine points. All recipes will start with 0 points. Additional points will be determined using the scale below:
    For each 5 star review, 2 points will be added to a recipe’s score.
    For each 4 star review, 1 point will be added to the score.
    For each 3 star review, 0 points will be added to the score.
    For each 2 star review, 1 point will be subtracted from the score.
    For each 1 star review, 2 points will be subtracted from the score.
    At the end of the contest, the recipe with the highest score will be declared the Peoples' Choice winner.
    NOTE: The grand prize winning recipe cannot also be the People’s Choice winner. In the event that the grand prize winner is also the highest-rated recipe, the second highest-rated recipe will be awarded the People’s Choices prize. Just trying to spread the love!

    Official Rules
    These are just some of the basics:
    Must be a U.S. resident to be eligible to win (sorry, international chefs!)
    Must also be 21 or over to be eligible to win.
    Entrants can submit up to three recipes. Any additional recipes entered will be removed and/or disqualified.
    Any recipes entered after March 7 will also be disqualified.
    For the full nitty gritty of the rules, go HERE.

    We’ve created this thread is for chatter, Q&A and cheering each other on!

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