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Annual Pa. Vegetable Recipe contest is under way

Published May 20. 2013 05:04PM

The 2013 Pennsylvania Vegetable Recipe Contest is now accepting entries from residents of the commonwealth until June 30. The 10th annual contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program.

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, scheduled for Aug. 8, during Pennsylvania Produce Month, at Lebanon County Career and Technology Center in Lebanon.

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: Snap Beans/Lima Beans/Peas; Sweet Corn; Broccoli/Cabbage/Cauliflower; and Leafy Greens.

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, use of a category vegetable as a major ingredient, 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, 2013, by one of three methods:

• emailed to: (preferred method)

• faxed to: 717-694-3596

• mailed to (postmarked by June 30): 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.

All entries should have the recipe presented in upper and lowercase letters in the following manner:

• Category

• 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.

For further information about the contest, visit the program's website at or call (717) 694-3596 or

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