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The Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe Contest

Enter The Old Farmer's Almanac annual recipe contest with cash prizes!

The 2015 Recipe Contest

The 2015 recipe contest closed January 30, 2015.

We'll announce the "DIPS and SPREADS" recipe winners in The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac!

Prizes and Rules:
Prizes: We award three cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) for the best recipe.
All submitted recipes must be yours, original, and unpublished. Amateur cooks only, please.
Winners will be contacted and published in The Old Farmer's Almanac, published in early September each year. All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material.

Past Recipe Contest Winners 


The 2014 Carrots Recipe Contest

Thanks to the hundreds of entrants who made choosing the prize reciients another delicious delimma. Try these recipes for yourself!

First Prize: Carrot Ginger Soup

Second Prize: Apple Cider Risotto With Carrot Confetti

Third Prize: Spiced Carrot Biscuits With Salted Caramel Butter

The 2013 Beets Recipe Contest

We were deliciously amazed at all of the different ways that Almanac readers cook beets—and hope that you are, too!

First Prize: Beets and Potatoes Au Gratin

Second Prize: Raspberry Roasted Beets and Chevre Over Shallow, Walnut, and Beet Greens Couscous

Third Prize: Sweet Cherry Tomato and Beet Crostini


Red Sunrise Muffins

Beet and Sausage Balls

Greated Beet-Apple Salad

The 2012 Bacon Recipe Contest

First Prize: Spicy Bacon Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Second Prize: Bacon, Italian Sausage, and Bean Soup

Third Prize: Creamy Spaghetti Torte With Bacon

The 2011 Coffee Recipe Contest

First Prize: Mocha Truffle Loaf

Second Prize: Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Third Prize: Slow-Cooker Smoky Chili

Honorable Mention: Rich and Spicy Beef Stew

The 2010 Pumpkin Recipe Contest

First Prize: Pumpkin Harvest Soup

Second Prize: Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

Third Prize: Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots

Honorable Mention: Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque

Honorable Mention: Pumpkin Waffles with Butter Pecan Butter

The 2009 Buttermilk Recipe Contest

First Prize: Shrimp and Corn Soup

Second Prize: Crispy-Coated Catfish in Creamy Buttermilk Sauce

Third Prize: Meat Loaf With Buttermilk

Honorable Mention: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Honorable Mention: Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Tangy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

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If I am in culinary school,

By Molli

If I am in culinary school, but I haven't been paid for cooking anything, can I still enter?

Yes, of course, we welcome

By Almanac Staff

Yes, of course, we welcome cooks of all kinds!

Hello. Just want to clarify


Hello. Just want to clarify what you mean by "unpublished" - I have a blog and have published my original recipe there, but apart from that, it has never appeared in any magazine nor have I earned any money for this recipe. Would this be eligible?

As long as you have not

By Almanac Staff

As long as you have not published the recipe in a book or magazine, your recipe is eligible.

Hello, How does the Old

By IdahoMichelle


How does the Old Farmers Almanac define "amateur cook" for the purpose of this contest?


The Almanac defines an

By Almanac Staff

The Almanac defines an amateur cook as someone who is a home cook and cooks for pleasure and not for money.

Is there a limit to the

By Terri Gilson

Is there a limit to the number of recipes one can enter?

Hi Terri, There is no limit

By Almanac Staff

Hi Terri, There is no limit to how many recipes you can enter! Go for it. Best, the OFA editors

When will the winners be

By Haley w.

When will the winners be selected for the carrot recipe contest?

The winners will be announced

By Almanac Staff

The winners will be announced in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac which is issued in late August/early September.

Simply Delicious Baked

By Karma Wagner

Simply Delicious Baked Asparagus

Layer a cookie sheet with fresh asparagus.
Spray with cooking spray or brush with cooking oil.
Sprinkle with any desired herbs and spices.*
Bake in preheated 350F oven for 15 mins. Check for tenderness. Bake an additional 15 mins or until desired tenderness is reached. Serve immediately.

*I like to use Italian herbs and fresh ground pepper. Or, alternately, use sesame seeds, soy sauce and other Asian-inspired herbs.

Can amateur cooks of any age

By Julie Neves

Can amateur cooks of any age from any country enter?

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