Got leftovers? Then it’s time to put a few extra items hanging around your kitchen, or liquor cabinet, to good use and enter a special recipe contest … You could win $10,000.
East Bay resident and food afficionado Lisa Schiffman, who runs a food-focused website, and Scharffen Berger Chocolate of San Francisco are hosting their annual recipe contest, which is great way to have a bit of fun with the extra ingredients, treats or liquor you’ve got on hand.
But you need to get going, since January 3 is the deadline to enter the Chocolate Adventure Contest.
Choose one adventure ingredient — or more — that intrigues you, says Lisa. If you’ve never thought about using, say, fresh mint leaves or rice flour in combination with Scharffen Berger chocolate, why not give it a try?
Your recipe doesn’t have to be complicated, but it must be thoughtful, explains Lisa.
A previous winner used just four ingredients: fresh pomegranate, Scharffen Berger 70% cacao, wasabi paste and cocoa powder. Another reinvented a classic chocolate shake — by including ancho chile pepper, coconut milk and black sesame seeds.
The contest has two categories — sweet and savory. And the judges cast a keen eye primarily on three criterion: spirit of adventure/creativity, taste, and ease of preparation, according to Lisa.
Past winners include a software engineer from Silicon Valley, an elementary school teacher from the Midwest and a paralegal from the East Coast.
Last year, Martina Nemling, who works in the corporate marketing department of Alameda-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea, won the grand prize in Beverage with her Thai Confusion cocktail.
So you could combine your New Year’s Eve festivities with some recipe-making fun.
Good Luck & Happy New Year!