Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook rules
PARKERSBURG - Once again, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel seeks recipes for its annual holiday Cookbook, though with COVID-19, it will be very different this time around.
Because of necessary restrictions due to the Coronavirus for the tasting party, in which category winners and a grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, the categories for recipes has been downsized. This year, the newspaper wants readers to send in recipes for their favorite Party Snacks, Main Dishes and Desserts only.
A compilation of selected favorite recipes from readers, as well as the winners in each category, will be printed in the 66th edition of the Cookbook.
Recipes submitted in accordance with the rules are eligible to win prizes, including a grand prize of a $500 gift card from Piggly Wiggly.
The Cookbook is among the most popular publications in the Mid-Ohio Valley, said Jim Spanner, publisher of The News and Sentinel. "We know it is a favorite of readers," Spanner said. "Our readers enjoy the recipes as much as we do."

Because of the Coronavirus, it is preferred that entries be emailed to Entries may also be mailed to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Attn: Cookbook Editor, P.O. Box 1787, Parkersburg, WV, 26102.
The deadline for submitting recipes is Sept. 4. Up to five recipes in each category with a limit of 15 per entrant will be accepted.

The 2020 categories are:
* Party Snacks
* Main Dishes
* Desserts

Any recipes submitted that do not fall into these categories will not be accepted.
Because of social distancing restrictions and sanitary practices due to COVID, the Tasting Party will be very different than in previous years. Each finalist will be given an appointment time to bring their dish in for the judges to taste in another room. After the judges sample, the dish will be returned and the contestant will leave, so everything may be cleaned and sanitized for the next contestant. The results for the categories will be published in the next day's Parkersburg News and Sentinel, with the grand prize winner announced in the Cookbook. There will be no presentation this year and only the contestant may come to their appointment time.

The following rules apply:
1. Each contestant may enter no more than 15 recipes, up to five recipes in each of three categories. Make sure to note what category you are entering and count your entries before sending them in. If you send more than five recipes in any one category, NONE of the recipes will be entered into competition. If you send in a recipe for a category not present, it will NOT be submitted. Please double-check your categories.

2. Recipes submitted by mail must be typed or printed legibly, one entry per page. Every entry must contain your name, address and telephone number. If we cannot contact you, you cannot win. At the top of each page, give the category in which the recipe is being entered and the name of the recipe.
Mailed recipes are retyped, so it is important that we be able to clearly read the measurements, ingredients and directions. It is also important we are able to identify and contact you.

3. Read your recipes through before sending, or even better, have someone else read them to make sure they are complete. Be sure to include pan size, temperature and length of cooking time.

DO NOT say "put in oven and cook until done." DO SAY "put in 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown." DO NOT say "put in pan and cook." DO SAY "put in medium saucepan over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally."
Only give brand names if necessary to the success of the dish, but if purchased ingredients are used, be sure to give package size. For example: DO NOT say "add one box JELL-O pudding." DO SAY "add one 4-oz. box instant pudding mix."
Remember, readers will be trying to duplicate your dishes at home, so make it a pleasant experience for them by making your recipes easy to read and directions easy to follow.

4. Recipes may be emailed to The same rules apply: one recipe per message, with the category, name of recipe and complete contact information (name, address, phone number) on each. The recipe MUST be in the body of the email, NOT an attachment.

5. Recipes may be mailed to

Cookbook Editor
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
P.O. Box 1787
Parkersburg, WV

6. Recipes must be postmarked or email time-stamped no later than midnight Sept. 4. Late submissions will not be accepted.

7. If selected as a finalist, you must be available to attend the Tasting Party in October at the appointment time assigned. If you are unable to attend, an alternate will be chosen. Complete details will be provided to the finalists.

The 2020 Cookbook will be in the Nov. 22 edition of the newspaper. Category finalists and winners will be published in the Cookbook, as well as a select amount of submitted recipes. Sending your recipes DOES NOT guarantee it for publication.