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CONTEST: Cheesecake Recipe

Is your recipe better than Junior’s Lemon
Coconut Cheesecake? Photo courtesy

Junior’s Restaurant—a favorite of cheesecake-loving New Yorkers for 6 decades—is celebrating its 60th birthday with a national contest for the next great flavor of its cheesecake.

The company already has dozens of delicious cheesecake flavors, from Original Plain, Chocolate Swirl and best-selling Strawberry to Pumpkin, Red Velvet and Tiramisu. It sells approximately 5,000 cheesecakes a week, ranging in weight from the individual 5-ounce cheesecake to a hefty five-pounder.

If you’ve got an original recipe for the next great flavor, head over to to enter it.

The winner will receive a $1,800 prize and will have his or her cheesecake featured as a limited edition at Junior’s Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds from the winning cheesecake sales will be donated to charity.

The deadline to submit your recipe is September 30, 2010. Three finalists will participate in a bake-off at Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn on November 2nd.


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GOURMET GIVEAWAY #2: Kuhn Rikon Watermelon Knife

The most whimsical yet useful kitchen gadget for the summer season must be this nonstick watermelon knife from Swiss premium cookware manufacturer Kuhn Rikon. Not only is it a conversation piece; this handy kitchen tool with an 11″ serrated blade makes it easy to safely slice through thick melon skins. Check it out in action on YouTube, and read more about it in our review.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner is sure to impress friends at the next picnic or barbecue by bringing along this cute, yet functional watermelon knife. Approximate retail value: $24.95.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Kitchen Gadgets Section and click to enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, August 2nd at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!

Cut your melons with flair with this Kuhn Rikon Watermelon Knife. Photo courtesy Kuhn Rikon.

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY #1: Inspired Cuisine Crème Brûlée Mixes

Enjoy this delicious dessert at home. Photo courtesy Inspired Cuisine.


National Crème Brûlée Day is July 27th, but if you keep your pantry stocked with Inspired Cuisine Crème Brûlée Mix, you can enjoy the rich, creamy French custard any day. With these mixes, the custard is easy to make at home in a fraction of the time versus crème brûlée from scratch. No kitchen torch is required because the crispy top can be made under the broiler.

What’s the difference between crème brûlée and other custards? See our Custard Glossary.

  • THE PRIZE:Ten winners will each take home two boxes of crème brûlée mixes to make at home. Make the delicious dessert by itself, or pair it with a nice liqueur like we did in our Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée Recipe. Approximate retail value for each two-box prize: $11.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway:Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Desserts Section and click to enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, August 2nd at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • To find out more about Inspired Cuisine, visit

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CONTEST: Beet Out The Other Recipes

Pickled baby beets stuffed with goat cheese
are a delicious appetizer. Photo
courtesy Aunt Nellie’s.

If you love beets—and have the recipes to prove it—Aunt Nellie’s invites you to enter its “Say Yes! To Beets” recipe contest. You might win the $2,500 top prize.

Recipe categories include:

  • Beverages/Smoothies: cocktails, juice blends and smoothies
  • Everyday Quick: easy, everyday dishes for any occasion
  • Special: special occasion and holiday favorites

Submit your recipes to before 11:59 EST on August 13th. Visit for more information.

Aunt Nellie’s makes sliced beets, Harvard beets, sliced and whole pickled beets and pickled beets and onions. Yum!

It’s easy to enjoy the beets right out of the jar or onto a plate—but it’s much more enjoyable to win a cash prize for a recipe.

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For the times when you just want a big, healthy salad but don’t have the energy or desire to do all the slicing and chopping, this week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize is for you.

Dole Salad Kits are a combination of salad greens, mix-ins (such as cranberries, nuts, croutons and cheese) and truly delicious salad dressings.

They’re ready to eat within 90 seconds of opening the bag. If you add a protein—leftover chicken or beef, for example—you’ll have a great salad lunch or dinner with almost no effort.

The 11 varieties of salad kids include Asian Island Crunch, Autumn Splendor, Hearty Italian, Perfect Harvest, Southwest, Spring Fling, Winter Jubilee and four Caesars: Caesar Salad, Garlic Caesar Salad, Light Caesar Salad and Ultimate Caesar Salad.

THE PRIZE: One winner will receive 7 coupons redeemable for free salad kits. Approximate retail value: $34.00

TO ENTER: Go to the bottom of our Gourmet Vegetables page and click to enter. This contest closes on Monday, July 12th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!


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