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Cook The Issue #97
COOK THE ISSUE #97

Welcome to the Cook the Issue Challenge!

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

January 6th, 2009

We want to hear your feedback on the all-new Fine Cooking, so we’re launching a Cook the Issue Challenge. Over the course of two months, we’re challenging you to cook as many of the recipes in the February/March issue (issue 97) as you can, upload photos of what you make, and tell us what you love, what you don’t love, and what else you want to know. 

Taking the challenge is easy. The most prolific member for this issue’s challenge will win a cookware shopping spree from Cooking.com, and 50 runners up will receive a copy of Fine Cooking’s Make it Tonight special issue.

Here’s how to take the challenge:

Step One: Create a profile or login.

Step Two: Choose a recipe from the official list of issue 97 recipes. (below) 

Step Three: Make the recipe, photograph it, and post your photos and commentary to the gallery.

Step Four: Repeat until you’ve cooked your way through the issue!

Browse the gallery to see what other members are cooking and get inspired for your next meal. You can comment on other entries, and give your favorite posts a thumbs-up rating.

To be considered complete, a post must include a photo of the recipe cooked by the poster, and some comments about the recipe or the resulting dish.

For the complete contest rules, click here.

Complete List of Issue 97 Recipes
To take the Cook the Issue Challenge, choose from the following recipes to make, photograph, and comment on:


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Comments (17)

sbreckenridge writes: Texas_Foodie: I'm glad to hear you're continuing the challenge with the new issue. Though we're not creating a formal contest for this issue, please do post your results to the gallery when you get a chance, and tell us what you think! Posted: 2:59 pm on March 20th

Texas_Foodie writes: The challenge was fun...we enjoyed every minute of it...I'm actually doing my own challenge on the next month's issue. When can we expect to know who the winners were? I'm wondering if I should buy the Make It Tonight magazine or if I was on of the winners :) Posted: 10:14 pm on March 19th

magstoria writes: I have re-sized my photos, tried and tried everything I know to post my photos. I am using a MAC..anyone have any suggestions? Posted: 4:27 pm on February 7th

Texas_Foodie writes: PS - I had some time last night so I went in and added the missing entires the the "Cook the Issue" page. Now I think I may have double entries???? Posted: 8:53 am on February 3rd

Texas_Foodie writes: It has been fun. I think I have figured out what is going on. It's hard to explain but I will attempt so that perhaps they can fix the bug. I think it happens when I post more than one thing at a sitting. Usually when I post my first entry, I do it from this page - the "Cook the Issue" box has a link that says "post your entry". I have notice that it says Cook the Issure at the top of the page after I click the link. Then after I have posted it successfully, I click on the link to see my page and then click on the link to "write new post". I have not figured out another way to post a new entry, besides this, unless I go back to the main page. At that time, I notice it does not say "Cook the Issue" at the top of the page. This is when I think it is going into the gallery only???? Just a theory, though....could be something else going on..... Posted: 8:52 am on February 3rd

RheaS writes: Cancel that bug fix. It still doesn't work properly! Oh well, so many of you are so far ahead of me in this contest that I doubt I have much of a chance. Regardless, I'm enjoying my attempt. Posted: 10:20 pm on February 2nd

RheaS writes: I figured out how to make my entries show up in "Cook the Issue". Edit your post, scroll to the bottom and find the "Tags" field. Enter "Cook the Issue 97" (no quotes). Posted: 10:12 pm on February 2nd

RheaS writes: I have run into the same issue as Texas Foodie where my Cook The Issue challenge entries are not posting to the contest gallery. The odd thing that I noticed is that one of mine definitely posted in Cook The Issue when I first posted it, but now it only shows up in the general gallery and my personal gallery. Looks like a bug in the system. Posted: 8:48 pm on February 2nd

Texas_Foodie writes: Dear FC staff,

I have noticed that sometimes my entries are posted on th "cook the issue" and sometimes they are posted on just the "gallery". I think I am posting the same every time, but evidently not. For this challenge, do they all have to be posted on the "cook the issue" and how do I go about putting those that are only on the "gallery" on to the "cook the issue"? Posted: 11:09 am on February 2nd

Texas_Foodie writes: I agree. I need a new copy of issue 97! I have started printing the recipe off the website so I don't destroy my magazine any further. Posted: 1:30 pm on January 31st

FromMyTable writes: I think the editors should add to the prize pack a new copy of Issue 97 -- mine is destroyed after all this cooking!! Posted: 1:38 pm on January 29th

PlayMisty writes: Ah, another photo contest from FC.

After the website debacle I encountered last time (Holiday Photo Cookie Contest 2008), in which the site went down before the contest officially ended and no one responded to my queries, I think I'll sit this one out.

Post early, is my advice. Posted: 6:50 am on January 29th

Netty writes: I'm disappointed that we have to choose this edition, rather than any addition, from say, the last 5 years. I checked the web site only after making and eating the Sear-roasted halibut with blood orange salsa, so don't have a picture. However, the recipe was so good and easy, I'll definitely be doing it again. Posted: 11:02 pm on January 28th

Texas_Foodie writes: Thanks Fine Cooking for encouraging me to get out of my rut! I have had so much fun with this challenge and I'm not finished yet. Next time you do something like this, I'd like to see the grand prize be a trip to your test kitchen. That would be my dream vacation! Posted: 11:25 pm on January 22nd

beccaporter writes: Craig Ponsford's ciabatta is the best I have ever found by far. It is fantastic! Here is a link to the recipe: http://lindseysluscious.blogspot.com/2006/03/ciabatta.html Posted: 8:12 am on January 18th

trebe writes: I'm a novice bread baker and looking for a great Ciabatta recipe. Any suggestions? Posted: 2:40 pm on January 17th

FromMyTable writes: I'm ready for the challenge! I'll post here on the website and on my blog, www.FromMyTable.com so that readers can read more in depth if they're interested. Posted: 10:52 am on January 12th

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Update, March 6, 2009: This contest has now ended and we're tallying the results. The winner will be posted shortly. Feel free to continue to post your photos, though they will no longer be counted towards your total.

Over the course of two months, we’re challenging you to cook as many of the recipes in the February/March issue (issue 97) as you can, upload photos of what you make, and tell us what you love, what you don’t love, and what else you want to know.  Taking the challenge is easy. The most prolific member for this issue’s challenge will win a cookware shopping spree from Cooking.com, and fifty runners up will receive a copy of Fine Cooking’s Make it Tonight special issue.

For the complete contest rules, click here.