Calling All Home Cooks! Idaho Potato Commission's "Recipe of the Month" Photo Contest Continues

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EAGLE, ID, August 12, 2011—The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) kicked off the year with its first “Recipe of the Month” Photo Contest, summoning shutterbugs to cook, point, click and eat! Idaho® potato lovers from coast to coast have been up to the challenge and to date the seven winners hailing from Florida, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and California have each won a $250 cash prize.

To learn more, visit the IPC’s website at http://www.idahopotato.com/image_contest. Upload your original photo to the site and you could win a $250 prize!

All photo submissions are judged by a panel of experts, who are looking for originality, a creative composition and overall appeal. Here are some quick tips to catch the judges’ eyes:


  • Lighting: Bright, natural light works best. If possible, set your dish next to a sunny window and turn off the flash setting before you snap the photo.

  • Keep it clean: Wipe the edges of the plate and the space around the food -- smudges and crumbs aren't appealing!

  • Props: For a more interesting shot, try placing a few notable ingredients around the dish or in the background -- just as long as it isn't too cluttered.

  • Plating: Decorative plates and serving dishes can add to the ambiance of the photo, as long as it doesn't clash. Let the food be the star!


Check out these winning photos for inspiration:

January: Jessica Reddick, Denison, TX (photo below)


Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


February: Suzanne Lunsford, Boca Raton, FL (photo below)


Fudge Mocha Idaho® Potato CakeFudge Mocha Idaho® Potato Cake

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


March: Elinor Ives, Fiskdale, MA (photo below)


Irish Colcannon with Spring Onions and LeeksIrish Colcannon with Spring Onions and Leeks

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


April: Heidi Givler, Hamburg, PA (photo below)


Mediterranean Idaho® Potato Parmesan HummusMediterranean Idaho® Potato Parmesan Hummus

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


May: Alice Phillips, Murrells Inlet, SC (photo below)


Warm Wilted Spinach and Idaho® Potato SaladWarm Wilted Spinach and Idaho® Potato Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


June: Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, CA (photo below)


Idaho® Potato and Grilled Chicken Salad with RaspberriesIdaho® Potato and Grilled Chicken Salad with Raspberries

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes


July: Elinor Ives, Fiskdale, MA


Savory Stuffed Idaho® SpudsSavory Stuffed Idaho® Spuds

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Idaho® Potatoes

About the Idaho Potato Commission
The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is primarily responsible for expanding the markets for Idaho-grown potatoes through advertising, promotion and research. The Commission also protects the use of the "Idaho® potato" and "Grown in Idaho®" seals, which are federally registered Certification Marks that belong to the IPC.  These Marks ensure that consumers are purchasing potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho. For more information, visit www.idahopotato.com.