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I am a retired teacher with time on my hands. I love to cook and bake. For the past eight years my hobby has been entering recipe contests. I have done very well and have been to several cook/bake offs although I have never won a grand prize. The ititials of my blog CCC are the same as the site where I get contest information, Cooking Contest Central (CCC). While there are 1000's of food blogs that post recipes this blog will review other cooking blogs.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

GROUP PHOTO OF SOME CCC MEMBERS WHO WENT TO THE 2008 PILLSBUY BAKEOFF IN DALLAS TEXS
I am a proud charterer member of Cooking Contest Central http://www.contestcooking.com/ CCC is a site that lists cooking contests. Right now there are over 100 contests into 5 categories -- deadline contests, ongoing contests, kids contests, other contests and professional contests.



Contests themselves fall into two categories cook/bakeoffs and contests where you submit recipes. In cook/bakeoffs you submit a recipe and from the submitted recipes finalists are selected to participate in a cook/bakeoff. These are fantastic. I have been to the Pillsbury Bakeoff, Build A Better Burger, IGA, and several local cookoffs. Most of the contests are, in fact, NOT bake/cookoffs. In these contests you simply submit recipe(s) online or snailmail. The sponsor selects the recipes they like as winners and send the prize. I have won, among other prizes 5 KitchenAid Mixers, a food processor and a ton of cookbooks. A couple of subcatgories have arisen in the past few years: (1) contests which require a photograph and (2) contests which require voting.



In addition to the contest lists CCC boasts several very active forums. This is where we post our wins, ask questions about contesting and beg for votes. Although we all enter the same contests we are the fist to offer "high fives" when another CCC'er places in a contest. We are an online family.



Most CCC members are wonderful cooks and bakers. In 2006, 35+ CCC members were among the 100 finalists in the 2006 Pillsbury BakeOff. The grand prize winner, Anna Ginsberg is a CCC member. And 3 of the 4 category winners were from CCC. I forget what the total was for the 2008 Bakeoff. There are always CCC members among the finalists at BBB, National Beef, National Chicken and all other cook/bakeoffs.



Many CCC members have blogs which I will be reviewing in the days, week and months to come.



CCC is a subscription web site. For the last four years the subscription fee has b een $25.00 a year.



PERHAPS OTHER CCC MEMBERS CAN LEAVE A COMMENT WITH ANY INFORMATION I HVE OMMITED

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Carole, I think you covered all the CCC information in an excellent manner. CCC membership is very informative and educational and also fun! Happy 2009 from your CCC friend!

Nancy
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