The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is sponsoring the ninth annual Pennsylvania "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" Vegetable Recipe Contest.
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 cook-off.
The cook-off is scheduled for Aug. 3, the first week of Pennsylvania Produce Month, at Harrisburg Area Community College.
A panel of four judges will review the written recipe entries and select 16 finalist recipes to be prepared at the cook-off.
Four finalist recipes will be chosen in each of the following four categories:
Ÿ Tomatoes, Peppers or Eggplant
Ÿ Melons or Cucumbers
Ÿ Summer Squash or Zucchini
Ÿ Winter Squash or Pumpkins
Recipe entries must contain at least one of the vegetables in the category title as a major ingredient.
While contestants may enter as many recipes in as many categories as they desire, a contestant is limited to having one recipe chosen as a finalist recipe in a given category and to having a recipe chosen as a finalist recipe in two categories.
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 by one of three methods:
Ÿ Emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org  (preferred method)
Ÿ Faxed to: (717) 694-3596
Ÿ Mailed to Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, 815 Middle Road, Richfield, PA 17086-9205
Hard copy entries must have the recipe typewritten or printed on a sheet of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch plain white paper. The contestant's name, mailing address, and telephone number, plus email address or fax number if available, should be printed on the back side of the paper or after the recipe for email entries.
Hard copy or email entries should have the recipe presented in upper and lowercase letters in the following manner:
Name of dish
Number of servings
Ingredients list List in order of use. Spell out units of measure like tablespoon, teaspoon, cup, ounce, pound, etc.
Instructions List in order in complete sentence form.
Entry of a recipe in the contest will authorize the use of the recipe by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program in the Program's press releases, recipe cards, brochures or other published materials with credit given to the contestant.
The program reserves the right to copyright such publications.