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First Call: Top Tomato 2009

You heard it here first: The Food section's tomato recipe contest is officially open and accepting entries. We've been mightily impressed with the past two years' worth of submitted recipes from our readers. You guys know your tomatoes.

Capresa Granita, the 2007 winner. (Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post)

Recipes must be original (honor system here, folks), must come from home cooks (chefs, put down your knives) and must have no more than 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper). Participants may enter as many as five recipes.

We've seen lots of soups and fresh pasta sauces, so if you plan to send a recipe for either, make sure it's something special. We like a good (short) story, too.
For inspiration, take a look at the recipes of past winners, including the cool appetizer Caprese Granita and some fabulous 'Mato Sammidges, made without slices of bread.

'Mato Sammidges, the 2008 winner. (Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)

The winners will be featured in our special tomato issue on Aug. 12; prizes will be revealed in upcoming notices.

Send recipes to: Recipe Contest, The Food Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; or by e-mail, with "RECIPE CONTEST" in the subject field, to Deadline for entries is July 15. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. If you have questions, post them on this blog and we'll answer asap. Readers do not have to live in the Washington area.

Judges' tips: Be sure to list the ingredients in the order they are used in the recipe directions. If you sent in recipes for contests in previous years, please do not enter the same ones. And here's one more insider-y bit: Flour Girl, a.k.a. Leigh Lambert, already has found a nifty tomato cupcakes recipe that we'll feature in the same issue.

-- Bonnie Benwick

By The Food Section  |  June 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
 | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, Top Tomato 2009  
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