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    New Recipe Contest: 5-Ingredient Fix - THREE Chances to Win!

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    Kathy at Food.com
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:07 am
    Food.com Staff
    We're so excited to announce yet another great recipe contest! Are you ready to show us your best 5-Ingredient Fix?

    Sponsored by Simply Potatoes®, the premise of the 5-Ingredient Fix recipe contest is similar to our popular Ready, Set, Cook! contest series, but this is even easier! Create a 5-ingredient recipe starring Simply Potatoes® and you have a chance to win one of three great prizes. Submit a main dish, side dish or even an appetizer. And don’t forget to share your recipe with friends to make and rate -- their ratings could help you win our People's Choice Prize!

    Plus, you can submit up to three recipes to increase your chances of winning!

    Here are the basics….

    THE PRIZES:
    • Grand Prize: $3,000
    • People’s Choice Prize: $1,250
    • Bonus Sweepstakes Prize: $750**

    ** More about our Bonus Sweepstakes Prize: Just by submitting a recipe, you’re entered for a random drawing of a cash prize of $750! Each recipe you enter increases your chances, too!

    OFFICIAL CONTEST INGREDIENTS:
    This is where the challenge comes in! Your recipe submission(s) must feature ONE of our sponsor’s ingredients, plus FOUR other ingredients of your choice. Unlike our Ready, Set, Cook contest, you can make the other four ingredients anything you want!

    Your recipe(s) must feature 1 of these ingredients:
    • Simply Potatoes® Shredded Hash Browns
    • Simply Potatoes® Diced Potatoes With Onion
    • Simply Potatoes® Traditional Mashed Potatoes

    The official contest ingredient you use must be essential to the recipe – meaning that if you took it away, it would significantly alter the flavor dish. No using them as garnish! And no sneaking extra ingredients into the directions of your recipe either. IMPORTANT: Salt, pepper, oil, cooking spray are all considered ingredients and count towards your total of the 4 other ingredients.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:
    February 12 – March 12:
    • Submit your original recipe(s)
    • Make, rate and review other contest entries as they come in.

    February 13 – March 26:
    Recipe submissions are closed as of March 12, 2013 at 1:59:59 pm EST and any entries received after that will not qualify. BUT you have another two weeks to continue to share your recipe with friends for them to test, taste and rate. Or be generous and try out your competitors’ dishes – remember there’s a People’s Choice Prize! Folks have until 11:59:59 pm EST on March 26 to add ratings, reviews and photos.

    March 26 – April 3:
    A panel of judges selected by our Sponsor will review the entries to determine our Grand Prize winner. The Food.com team will tabulate scores for our People’s Choice winner. The Bonus Sweepstakes Prize winner then be selected randomly from our remaining other entries that didn’t win the Grand Prize or People’s Choice Prize!

    April 3:
    Check back at Food.com to find out who won our Grand Prize, People's Choice Prize and Bonus Sweepstakes Prize!

    CHOOSING OUR WINNERS
    After the entry and rating and review periods end, a panel of judges will evaluate the submissions based on the following criteria:

    1. Use of a Simply Potatoes® ingredient in the recipe: 25% of overall score
    2. Creativity of recipe: 25% of overall score
    3. Flavor and taste of dish: 50% of overall score

    The recipe with the highest score from our panel of judges will be the Grand Prize. In the event of a tie for Grand Prize, the Grand Prize winner will be selected based on the highest rating in the flavor and taste category.

    There’s also a People’s Choice Prize that will go to the highest-rated recipe as reviewed by our members. We are using a points-based system to determine the highest-rated recipes. Points will be assigned to each recipe based on ratings it receives. Only reviews that include a star rating and a review note will count towards points. Reviews that clearly indicate that someone has not made or tasted the dish (i.e. “This looks good!” or “I can’t wait to make this!” or “I would definitely eat this!”) will not qualify for points. If we suspect you are cheating and/or gaming the review system, you will be investigated and possibly disqualified.

    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 our Peoples' Choice Winner.

    NOTE: The recipe that wins the Grand Prize cannot also be the People’s Choice winner. In the event that the Grand Prize winner is also the highest community-rated recipe, the next highest-rated recipe will be awarded the People’s Choice Prize.

    OFFICIAL RULES:
    These are just some of the basics:
    Must be a U.S. resident to be eligible to win.
    Must be 18 or over to be eligible to win.
    Submit up to three original recipes. Any additional recipes entered will be removed and/or disqualified.
    Qualifying recipes must include one Simply Potatoes® contest ingredient plus FOUR other ingredients of your choice and serve at least 4.

    Any recipes entered after March 12 at 2:00 pm EST will be disqualified.

    For the full nitty gritty of the rules, GO HERE.


    We’ve created this forum thread for questions and cheering everyone on. (Please don't veer off topic -- we want to keep this thread easy to follow.)

    Good luck to everyone!
    -The Food.com Team

    *****

    UPDATE: Team - the entry period for this contest ended as of 2 pm EST on Tuesday, March 12. Thanks to everyone who entered their great recipes!


    Last edited by Kathy at Food.com on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:18 pm, edited 2 times in total
    threeovens
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:36 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    Would salt and pepper count as ingredients? If not, then what about other seasonings such as ground cumin or sage leaves?
    Kathy at Food.com
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:06 pm
    Food.com Staff
    Every ingredient counts! That's what makes this contest so much fun -- each of the 5 ingredients is essential to the recipe. So choose your 5 ingredients wisely.

    icon_biggrin.gif
    rosie316
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:33 pm
    Forum Host
    Kathy at Food.com wrote:
    Every ingredient counts! That's what makes this contest so much fun -- each of the 5 ingredients is essential to the recipe. So choose your 5 ingredients wisely.

    icon_biggrin.gif


    Hey Kathy... I'm back in full force for this conest. I'm getting all of my "notifications" with clickable links, finally. Thank you and the "elves" (if it was on your end), or thanks to Google (if on theirs). Either way... I'm back!

    OMG... I have a winning recipe for this contest round, (but I promise not to say)!!! Is this a "Hush hush contest, like the Dining on a Dollar - Ketchup contest was?

    Glad to be back, dear.
    -Rosie icon_smile.gif
    Kathy at Food.com
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:45 pm
    Food.com Staff
    Rosie,

    Whenever you are ready to submit your recipe, go ahead and enter it. You can do that between now and March 12, 2013 at 1:59:59 pm EST

    Just make sure you use THIS LINK to submit your entry.
    Mitch and the pitcrew
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:04 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello Food.com team! If I need cooking spray to grease the pan, does that count as an ingredient? I know you said every ingredient counts but I'm not really sure that is an ingredient.
    Thanks.
    Kathy at Food.com
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:29 pm
    Food.com Staff
    Mitch and the pitcrew wrote:
    Hello Food.com team! If I need cooking spray to grease the pan, does that count as an ingredient? I know you said every ingredient counts but I'm not really sure that is an ingredient.
    Thanks.
    Hi Mitch, Greasing the pan does not count as an ingredient. Just put the instruction to grease/spray the pan in the directions.
    rosie316
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:43 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi Kathy... just me again. I see that WE ARE able to state in the recipe that "using a greased casserole dish or pan" DOES NOT count as an ingredient. Excellent! But can we also assume that the term "seasoned to your liking" is not considered an ingredient either? (Kind of the same as "threeovens" thoughts... just phrasing it differntly)?
    Thanks dear.
    -Rosie
    Mitch and the pitcrew
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:28 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much! I appreciate your help! icon_biggrin.gif
    Susie D
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:52 am
    Forum Host
    rosie316 wrote:

    OMG... I have a winning recipe for this contest round, (but I promise not to say)!!! Is this a "Hush hush contest, like the Dining on a Dollar - Ketchup contest was?

    Glad to be back, dear.
    -Rosie icon_smile.gif


    Hi Rosie wave.gif

    All of the sponsored contests encourage campaigning for your recipe. The sponsors want as many people as possible to see their ads, etc so promote away.
    See rule #4. Make and share your dish with friends and family to test, taste and review – their ratings could help you win our People’s Choice $1,250 prize. Share your recipe on Facebook or Twitter, pass it out around the office and more!
    rosie316
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:20 pm
    Forum Host
    Susie D wrote:
    rosie316 wrote:

    OMG... I have a winning recipe for this contest round, (but I promise not to say)!!! Is this a "Hush hush contest, like the Dining on a Dollar - Ketchup contest was?

    Glad to be back, dear.
    -Rosie icon_smile.gif


    Hi Rosie wave.gif

    All of the sponsored contests encourage campaigning for your recipe. The sponsors want as many people as possible to see their ads, etc so promote away.
    See rule #4. Make and share your dish with friends and family to test, taste and review – their ratings could help you win our People’s Choice $1,250 prize. Share your recipe on Facebook or Twitter, pass it out around the office and more!



    Thanks Susie... but I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account (never could figure it out), and the only one is my office is me! And my clients are "dogs" (literally). Ha ha ha. (I have my own dog grooming salon and I work alone). I could, however, give my "clients" owners a link to my recipe. That's what I'll do!

    -Rosie
    Kathy at Food.com
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:33 pm
    Food.com Staff
    rosie316 wrote:
    Hi Kathy... just me again. I see that WE ARE able to state in the recipe that "using a greased casserole dish or pan" DOES NOT count as an ingredient. Excellent! But can we also assume that the term "seasoned to your liking" is not considered an ingredient either? (Kind of the same as "threeovens" thoughts... just phrasing it differntly)?
    Thanks dear.
    -Rosie
    People are always going to have personal preferences for additional seasoning to customize a dish to their liking once it hits their dinner table, and that's fine. If it's apparent in the directions that you are suggesting the seasoning because it is a necessary part of the recipe then it should be part of the ingredient list.
    rosie316
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:01 pm
    Forum Host
    Kathy at Food.com wrote:
    rosie316 wrote:
    Hi Kathy... just me again. I see that WE ARE able to state in the recipe that "using a greased casserole dish or pan" DOES NOT count as an ingredient. Excellent! But can we also assume that the term "seasoned to your liking" is not considered an ingredient either? (Kind of the same as "threeovens" thoughts... just phrasing it differntly)?
    Thanks dear.
    -Rosie
    People are always going to have personal preferences for additional seasoning to customize a dish to their liking once it hits their dinner table, and that's fine. If it's apparent in the directions that you are suggesting the seasoning because it is a necessary part of the recipe then it should be part of the ingredient list.


    Thanks Kathy. That's very helpful. So I'm gonna go with "season to your liking". Woo-hoo!... that makes it even easier to make it in "5".

    Wishing everyone "Happy V-D". LOL icon_lol.gif
    -Rosie
    rosie316
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:40 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Kathy, (or any other "elf" out there)... On the lists of contests, "Baby Yaga" posted a question about the 'ingredient count". I replied back and stated that I'm wondering the same thing. Could maybe a "Staff Member" check the posting and reply, because I'm curious myself. Thanks folks.
    -Rosie
    P.S. Maybe find the post, then include a link to this thread so that "Baby Yaga" can post questions here. Just a thought.
    Kathy at Food.com
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:56 pm
    Food.com Staff
    rosie316 wrote:
    Hey Kathy, (or any other "elf" out there)... On the lists of contests, "Baby Yaga" posted a question about the 'ingredient count". I replied back and stated that I'm wondering the same thing. Could maybe a "Staff Member" check the posting and reply, because I'm curious myself. Thanks folks.
    -Rosie
    P.S. Maybe find the post, then include a link to this thread so that "Baby Yaga" can post questions here. Just a thought.


    I think this is the thread you are referencing:
    http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=388332

    My reply in that thread was:

    ALL ingredients needed to prepare the recipe must be included in the ingredient list. So if a bread mix is part of the recipe, and that mix requires 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, or whatever -- all those ingredients must be listed in the ingredient list are are counted in the 5-ingredient limit.
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