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"When I have something spicy, I like to follow it with something fruity. Sweet and savory make a good flavor combination for
breakfast in general, so I like to serve this with a fruit garnish like grapes or melon." ―Angela Spengler, Clovis, N.M.
View Recipe: Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid
"I created this recipe three years ago based on a popular appetizer my friends ordered at a pizzeria in Greenville, South
Carolina. I researched the ingredients and added my own variations to suit my preference for spicy flavors. I received glowing
feedback from my husband and friends, and now I keep this recipe on hand for parties and tailgates." ―Maureen Redmond, Easley,
View Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Hummus
“I prepared this soup for my parents, who watch my daughter one afternoon a week. They absolutely loved its velvety sweetness.
Garnish with shredded carrot and fresh mint.” ―Lisa Richardson, Glendale, Calif.
View Recipe: Creamy Carrot Soup
"The beauty of this dish is you can make it year-round; however, it’s great in the spring and summer, when fresh basil is
plentiful. It is also a nice light supper or lunch option. I use kitchen shears to chop the fresh basil." ―Sherry Ricci, Mendon,
View Recipe: Italian Tomato Tart
"I am originally from Nebraska; one of my favorite places to eat is a small chain of sandwich restaurants called Runza. They
are famous for their pillowlike beef and cabbage sandwiches. Since my husband is Korean, I created these pairing the traditional
filling ingredients and flavors from his culture. These make a great snack." ―Mollie Lee, San Jose, California
View Recipe: Korean-Spiced Beef and Cabbage Rolls
Video: Mollie Lee shares the story behind her recipe
"I love the huge flavor packed into these tiny packages, especially when they're dipped in the peanut sauce. These are best
served immediately, but they can be made in advance, refrigerated, and then served at room temperature." ―Lindsay Weiss, Overland
View Recipe: Ginger-Shrimp Pot Stickers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Video: Lindsay Weiss shares the story behind her recipe
"The combination of the shrimp puffs served with two sauces makes this a perfect party appetizer. Beat the egg and egg whites
well so the puffs will rise when baked." ―Julie DeMatteo, Clementon, New Jersey
View Recipe: Shrimp Toast Puffs with Two Sauces
Video: Julie DeMatteo shares the story behind her recipe
"Years ago, friends from Argentina invited me for dinner and served an unusual and tasty tostada. I have adapted that recipe
into this flatbread." ―Erin Mylroie, St. George, UT
View Recipe: Argentine Black Bean Flatbread with Chimichurri Drizzle
"This flavorful appetizer is great because most of the prep work can take place before guests arrive. The Brie is rich enough
to carry the appetizer with a tart and sweet compote. To ease slicing, keep Brie chilled until ready to use." ―Elizabeth Bennett,
Mill Creek, WA
View Recipe: Baked Brie with Golden Raisin Compote
"I love Ireland and the country's wonderful food. When I think of Irish food, the first items that come to mind are potatoes,
salmon, and cheese." ―Abigail McMahon, Sherman Oaks, CA
View Recipe: Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
"I used to buy this bread at a Turkish market in Germany. I couldn't find it in the United States and started to make it myself.
Knead the dough until it feels like the soft underside of a woman's arm (the instruction from a Turkish cookbook)."
―Sabine Zempleni, Lincoln, NE
View Recipe: Pide with Yogurt Dip
"Seeking an all-American taste in a beverage, I came up with this idea."
―Vivian Levine, Summerfield, FL
View Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Shake
"These appetizers combine sweet crab, Parmesan cheese, jicama, bell pepper, cilantro, and mayonnaise highlighted with fiery
chipotles. A little crab goes a long way in these appetizers."
―Bob Gadsby, Great Falls, MT
View Recipe: Chipotle-Lime Crab Crisps