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Update the Classics

Get Inspired to Update the Classics

Everybody loves a classic. That’s how traditional holiday dishes like bread stuffing; mashed potatoes; creamed onions; green bean casserole; sweet potato casserole (yes, with gooey marshmallows on top) and apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies reach their classic status. Something about the holiday meal seems off if one of these dishes doesn’t make an appearance (and then a very swift disappearance, of course).

But, who doesn’t want to step it up a notch for the holiday meal? In this challenge, we’re inviting you to do just that. Be inspired by the tried and true recipes that have graced holiday tables for years and update your classic spread with dishes that give a nod to the classics they’re based on—thus, pleasing the crowd—while simultaneously allowing you to serve up some imagination. Who knows? Your update could become the new holiday must-make favorite.

In addition to your family’s admiration, your innovative update could earn you the 2009 Fine Cooking Archive DVD and a $200 gift card from

For more inspiration, check out Susie Middleton’s article, Flip Sides.

Post your entry now.

Good luck!

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Comments (3)

caspianhiro writes: Have you tried grilling your corn? There are a lot of ways to do this, one you peel back the husk, wash off all the threads, put some butter and what ever seasoning you want, I like Tony Chachere's No Salt Cajun a lot, but everything I've ever tried was good. So, butter, throw it on the grill, let the husk char, turn it some, and you're done.

Really easy. Posted: 4:30 pm on December 21st

mbmamm writes: Does anyone know of something different to do with corn? My kids love it and ask for it every year, but I'd like to find a new way to cook it. Thanks for your help! Posted: 3:59 pm on November 19th

orangebuddy writes: We take fresh green beans, wash them and snip the ends, sautee them in olive oil and serve with crumbled feta cheese, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of crushed up croutons. Excellent, to say the least! Posted: 7:29 pm on November 18th

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Update the Classics Challenge

We all know those familiar holiday classics: the creamed onions, the green bean casserole, the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. How do you update them and make them your own? Share your recipes for a chance to win. Entering is easy:

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Step Two: Post your entry following the instructions on the entry form.

Step Three: Browse the gallery and get inspired! You can comment on other entries, and give your favorite photos a thumbs-up rating.

Grand Prize: One 2009 Fine Cooking Archive DVD and a $200 gift card from:

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