Food & Drink

Time to submit your recipes for our Holiday Cookbook Contest

This is the 60th year of the Wichita Eagle’s cookbook.
This is the 60th year of the Wichita Eagle’s cookbook. Getty Images

Rum Dums. Orange-Tuna-Macaroni Salad. Guilt-Free Guacamole. Mushroom Muffins.

If you’ve heard of these recipes, pat yourself on the back. You’re officially a Wichita Eagle Holiday Cookbook Contest junkie.

If you haven’t heard of them, that’s OK. There have been thousands and thousands of standout recipes since the premiere of the Favorite Recipe Contest “conducted” by Ruth Meyer in 1955.

This year, the cookbook is celebrating 60 years, and the traditional color for this anniversary is diamond white. We’re translating that to white for this year’s secret ingredient, cauliflower. Cauliflower is a popular potato substitute, and buffalo cauliflower is gaining popularity as an appetizer.

Categories in the cookbook contest this year are:

▪  Cauliflower (secret ingredient)

▪  Appetizers & Snacks

▪  Soups & Salads

▪  Main Courses

▪  Sides & Breads

▪  Desserts

Once we’ve selected the top recipes in each category, a panel of judges will choose the winners. Those top three – plus other qualifying recipes – will be printed in the Holiday Cookbook, space permitting.

Recipes will be judged on taste, appearance, clarity of cooking directions and creativity. The first-place winners in each category will receive a $100 gift card, and the second- and third-place winners will each receive a $50 gift card.

The rules

Each contestant may enter only one recipe per category. Only Kansas residents are eligible to win. Eagle employees and their families are not eligible.

At the top of each page, include the following information in this order:

1. Category in which recipe is to be judged

2. Name of sender

3. Address, including ZIP code

4. Daytime phone number (or best number to reach you)

5. Title of recipe

6. List all ingredients, followed by directions in standard recipe form.

7. Short, personal comments about the recipe’s origin or any other detail you care to share.

We’re looking for originality and creativity. Do not submit recipes directly from a website or cookbook without changing at least three ingredients.

The preferred method of submission is by e-mail with a Microsoft Word document attached. Entries can also be typed – not handwritten – or scanned in and mailed.

All recipes must be e-mailed or postmarked by midnight Sept. 15.

Mail entries to: Holiday Cookbook Contest, The Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202; or e-mail entries to

Questions? Contact Ardua Harris at