For those of you who know me, you probably know that when I get involved in something I really get involved. Back in 2004 I joined a cooking website, Recipezaar.com. The site was purchased a few years back and is now associated with Food Network and has a new name, Food.com. Well here it is 2012 and I have posted over 700 recipes, reviewed over 3,000 recipes and took untold food photos. Plus developed some wonderful recipes of my own.
The first online contest I entered was Ready Set Cook #5. For my efforts and much to my surprise I won an honorable mention for Summer Squash Slaw (Recipe #93962). There were several others that I developed but none did quite as well. This contest was a challenge and my first experience at using duck and buckwheat flour. Well after that I was hooked. In 2007 I won Best Vegetarian for my Mediterranean Pizza with Caramelized Onions (Recipe #132001). There have been other contests on Food.com that I have participated in over the years. I have placed in a couple of more and came in first place during Craze-E Contest in 2010 with Date and Walnut Spread (Recipe #443144).
Most of these contests have had one thing in common a lot of stiff competition and some very dedicated people to make the contests happen. The basic principles behind these contests have been you are given an ingredients list of 15 ingredients and must use a minimum of 5 to make an original recipe. The recipes were posted anonymously and then a review period. The winners were determined by the number of reviews a recipe received. At the end of the contest, winners were announced in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and the creators of the recipes were revealed. Lots has changed over the years. Change is inevitable.
This time around Food.com has joined with Simply Potatoes for this round of Ready Set Cook. The recipes are posted on the website and unlike past contests you can see who developed these wonderful recipes. There is a required ingredient which is one of the following:
Fresh or Frozen Shrimp
Fresh or Frozen Spinach
Red Bell Peppers
White Wine Vinegar