The Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe Contest

Win Cash Prizes and Publication in the Next Almanac!

Almanac Recipe Contest

Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds a recipe contest with cash prizes. See the 2018 contest—and the 2017 winning recipes!


Click here to enter your recipe.

Cash prizes (first, $300; second, $200; third, $100) will be awarded for the best recipes in the category “Oranges.” Entries must be yours, original, and unpublished. Amateur cooks only, please. One recipe per person. All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 26, 2018. Enter here (see link above) or mail to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444. Address to “Almanac Recipe Contest” and include your name, mailing address, and email address. Winners will appear in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac and on


As your editors, we certainly all enjoyed tasting these delicious recipes in our test kitchens! Click below to enjoy the “best of the best” recipe shared by Almanac readers.

The 2017 Sweet Potato Contest

First Prize: No-Churn Sweet Potato Casserole Ice Cream

Second Prize: Sweet Potato Lentil Coconut Curry

Third Prize: Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Mac-‘N-Cheese

sweet potato recipe contest winners

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner. These three delicious dishes were the winners in the 2017 Sweet Potato Contest.

The 2016 Savory Pie Contest

First Prize: Spiced Lamb Pie

Second Prize: Seacoast Scallop Pie

Third Prize: Tater-Crusted Cheese and Mushroom Pie

The 2015 Dips and Spread Contest

First Prize: Florentine Spinach Dip

Second Prize: Pesto Strata

Third Prize: Dressed-Up Crab Rangoon Dip

The 2014 Carrots Recipe Contest

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

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

Reader Comments

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How cool that you use themes for this. But I can barely boil water let alone create a recipe! So kudos to all that can whether you win or not.

Clarification of prizes for 2018 contest

This page says the prizes are $300, $200, and $100 for the 2018 contest, but the entry form says $250, $150, and $100.
Could you clarify that and update whichever isn't correct?

cash prize amounts

Thanks, Julie, for letting us know. The correct cash prize amounts are $300, $200, and $100 for the 2018 contest and we updated the form!  Thanks, again.

Web site

Have enjoyed this web site so much. So glad I found it. Love the recipes and the good info that you share . Thank so much and keep it up.

Photos of Recipes?

Is there a way to include a photograph in the entry?

Recipe Photos

Hi Shauna, We welcome photos and this often makes a better entry.  If you can not enter on the form, you can always send us an image to:  Thank you.

If I am in culinary school,

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

Yes, of course, we welcome

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

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

Hello, How does the Old


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


The Almanac defines an

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

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

Hi Terri, There is no limit

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

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

The winners will be announced

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

Simply Delicious Baked

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

Can amateur cooks of any age from any country enter?