2009-05-28 / Local & State

Enter Favorite Recipe In Contest

Statewide contest open to all residents

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is sponsoring the sixth annual Pennsylvania "Simply Delicious, Simply Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest this summer. Pennsylvania residents are eligible to enter one or more of their best vegetable recipes using Pennsylvania vegetables to compete for $100 prizes in four different categories at a statewide cookoff.

The cookoff is scheduled for August 7, 2009, the first week of Pennsylvania Produce Month, at Harrisburg Area Community College. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is cosponsoring the contest with the program.

A panel of four judges will review the written recipe entries and select 16 finalist recipes to be prepared at the cookoff. Four recipes will be chosen in each of the following four categories: snap beans, lima beans, peas, sweet corn, sweet onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leafy greens (kale, lettuce, spinach, turnip greens, etc.).

Recipe entries must contain at least one of the vegetables in the category title as a major ingredient.

Recipes will be chosen on the basis of creativity, nutrition/ healthfulness, ease of preparation and overall appeal. A $100 prize will be awarded to the winner in each category. Other finalists will each receive a $25 gift certificate for the farm market of their choice.

Recipes must be created or modified by the contestant or a member of the contestant's family. Recipes previously published in a copyrighted publication will not be eligible.

Entries must be entered by June 30, 2009, by one of three methods: e-mailed to: pvmrp@embarqmail (preferred method); faxed to 717-694-3596; or mailed to Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, 815 Middle Road, Richfield, PA 17086.

Hard copy entries must be printed (by hand or otherwise) or formated on a sheet of 8 1/2-x- 11- inch plain, white paper with the contestant's name, mailing address and telephone number, plus e-mail address or facsimile number if available, on one side. Recipe is to be printed or formated in upper and lower case letters on the other side of the sheet of paper in the following manner: category, name of dish, number of servings, ingredients list - list in order using the following abbreviations: T. for tablespoon; tsp. for teaspoon; c. for cup; oz. for ounce; and lb. for pound. Give the quantity, the name of the ingredient and then any descriptive terms. Example: 2 c. bell peppers - red and green, finely diced. Instructions - list in order in complete sentence form.

Entry of a recipe in the contest will authorize the use of the recipe, with credit given to the contestant, by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program in the program's press releases, recipe cards, brochures or other published materials. The program reserves the right to copyright such publications.

For further information about the contest, visit the program's Web site at www.paveggies.org or contact the program at 717-694- 3596 or pvmrp@embarqmail.com.

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