Have you submitted your favorite recipes for the 24th Annual TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest? If not, there's still time to flex your culinary muscles and take part in this year's contest. Your effort could win you a grand prize valued at more than $300!

Over $900 in prizes are up for grabs this year and everyone who enters will receive a TIMES NEWS pizza cutter.

The cookbook will be included in the April 14th edition of the TIMES NEWS.

A winner will be chosen in each of the seven categories selected for this year's cookbook. Those winners will be invited to prepare their dishes and bring them to the TIMES NEWS office in Mahoning Township, where the judges will sample each selection and declare a grand prize winner.

Categories for the 2011 contest are: Appetizers, Casseroles, Desserts, Main Dishes, Salads & Sides, Sandwiches and Soups & Stews.

So get ready to whip up something special that will tempt our readers and delight our judges. Recipes must be received at the TIMES NEWS by midnight Saturday, March 12. Category winners will be notified by telephone on or before March 18, so be sure to include a daytime telephone number on each recipe submitted.

Winners in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 gift card to Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card to Roadies Restaurant and a $100 grocery store gift card.

Each winner will be featured in this year's cookbook with his or her recipe, a photograph and a brief biography.

Contest rules

To enter, each original recipe should be neatly printed or typed on a single sheet of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch paper, and must include the contestant's name, address and telephone number, as well as the category for the recipe, clearly marked at the top of the page.

Entries will be judged for completeness, ease of preparation and duplication. In the event of a duplicate recipe, the one with the earliest postmark will be entered.

Please note that we will accept only seven entries per household and the same recipe may not be entered in more than one category.

Those who have won a prize in the recipe contest in any of the last two years may submit recipes for inclusion in the cookbook, but will not be eligible for a prize.

Professional food preparers are not eligible to enter. Pencor and TIMES NEWS employees and their families may submit recipes for inclusion in the cookbook, but will not be eligible to win any prizes.

Mail entries to the TIMES NEWS, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention Donna Hall; or email recipes to dhall@tnonline.com.