A Giveaway! and You be the Judge!

First off, I'd like to encourage all of you to vote in the You Be the Judge! contest at Pillsbury.com.

For the first time in Bake-Off® history, you can help select 10 of the final 100 recipes! Every two weeks, a new pair of recipes will be posted here. Vote for your favorite, one vote for each of the 10 recipe challenges. The recipe that receives the most votes in each challenge will move onto the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest finals and compete for the $1 million grand prize in Orlando in April 2010.

I've seen some delicious recipes entered into the contest this year, so you'll definitely want to check them out, and have a say in who wins the $1 million competition!

And now for the giveaway! I am giving away 2 prize packages to 2 separate readers, courtesy of myblogspark.com. The prize package includes an adorable stuffed Pillsbury Doughboy giggle doll (press his belly and he does the little oh-ooooohh laugh :p ) and a magazine that features past Bake-Off recipes.

The magazine includes over 175 recipes and tips. And it's not just desserts! It includes appetizers, main dishes, brunch and breakfast, and more! You'll see recipes like Canadian-Bacon Apple Pizza, Pepper-Jack Crescent Twists with Salsa-Ranch Dip, Poppin' Fresh Citrus-Glazed Crullers, Margarita Chicken Pasta Salad, and Tomato Crab Bisque. I already have a few recipes picked out that I plan to try out very soon. :)

So - what can you do to win, you ask?

It's simple - just leave a comment, answering the below question, on this post by Wednesday, June 17, 5:00pm EST.

If/when you judge a recipe, what is one thing that you look for?

Good luck! Winners will be chosen via the Random Integer Generator.


Molly Jean

Well I've never judged a recipe before, but if I was going to I would judge it based on clarity of recipe steps. I need things to be VERY straight forward with no gray areas in the process.

(and I want the Dough Boy in my kitchen! he's so cute!)


Good giveaway! When I am "judging" a recipe, I look for basic ingredients. I am much more likely to make a recipe if it calls for ingredients that I keep at home or can just run to the store to get. If it calls for something I don't usually buy or have never heard of; I probably won't make it.


I've never judged a recipe either, but if I did, I'd check the appearance and texture of the dish to make sure nothing fell apart.

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I've never judged a recipe before, but if I had to, I would look for basic ingrediants and clear directions to making that specific item.

Leslie Craven

I've never judged a recipe before either. I'd def. focus on ingredients that aren't too 'out there' & if I'd serve it for guests.

Debbie A.

I look for recipes with ingredients I have at homne and that are healthy with the finished product looking good enough to eat!


How easy/quick it is to make! We don't have a lot of time on the weeknights, so this is always a key factor when meal-planning for the week.


I look for common household ingredients and the speed of the recipe as well as the final flavor.


I've also never judged a recipe but I would look for common ingredients and ease of preparation.


I've never judged a recipe either, but I'd say ease of preparation and definitely taste!


Great giveaway! When judging a recipe, I look for 3 things - ease, creativity and taste. If the recipe is easy to make, is creative and different from the usual stuff that's out there and is tasty, it has my vote! :)

Mrs. Musketeer

When I judge a recipe, I try to see how much time it will take weighed against the end result. If it will take forever, but taste amazing, its worth it.


I look for creativity in recipes! I hate making the same thing over and over again so I love when a recipe mixes things up!


Clarity of directions is HUGE for me


I've never judged before but I would go by the texture and appearance and the ingredients...they can't be too complicated or overwhelming.

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