CLOSED! Smucker’s Recipe and Essay Contest + Gift Baskets Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed…and here are the winners:

Christina T. says, “My favorite family recipe is our family’s New York Style Cheesecake. My mom taught me to make it and now it is requested at every holiday. (My in-laws are now requesting it too.)”

Andrea W. says, “RSS subscriber”

Jodi says, “I subscribe via google reader.”

Chris B. says, “our family loves the chicken white chile recipe. it’s so easy to make, tastes super yummy and not very expensive to make.”

**All winners have been notified via email with further instructions.  Stay tuned to $5 Dinners for our upcoming 12 Days of Christmas – Cookbook Giveaway starting December 12th!**

Are you still full from all the yummy food at Thanksgiving?

I know I am!  And, I’m leaning towards not wanting to see a turkey again for awhile.

However, Thanksgiving does kick off my most favorite time of year full of good food and spending lots of time with family and friends.  Smucker’s has a contest going on right now that incorporates both of those things.

There are two weeks left to enter the Spreading Smucker’s Tradition Recipe and Essay Contest for the chance to win $20,000 towards planning a family reunion! Wow!

Up until December 10, you can share an original family recipe that incorporates at least 1/4 cup of Smucker’s Jam, Jelly, Preserves or Fruit Butter, along with an essay about how the recipe makes family celebrations special.  The recipe must have been passed down for at least two generations and can be submitted to Smucker’s here.

Plus, Smucker’s wants to give gift baskets to FOUR of you…with an awesome sampling of Smucker’s and Orchard’s finest jams, jellies and preserves, several jam spreaders and recipe cards featuring 2 of Smucker’s family recipes!

Entry details…

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Wednesday, December 1st at 9 pm EST. Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry #1: Leave a comment sharing a favorite family recipe…and why you love it so much!

3. Entry #2: Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment.

4. Entry #3: Become a Facebook Fan, or subscribe by email or in an RSS reader! Be sure to leave another comment for your third entry. :)

5. Winner will be selected by

**NOTE: If you receive the email newsletter and wish to enter this giveaway, click on the title of this giveaway to get to the site and leave a comment on the site with your name and email address to be entered!

*Disclosure: I did receive a gift basket from Smucker’s.


  1. Sue D says

    My favorite family recipe is for pierogis. When I was engaged to marry my husband his aunt invited my over to teach me how to make pierogis. They are usually served at most family functions. My kids are all grown now and my husband’s sister continued the tradition by inviting my daughter-in-law over to teach her how to make them.

  2. says

    My favorite family recipe is my hubby’s artisan bread! Even I can make it because it only takes flour, salt, yeast, and water! I don’t know what the ‘official’ name is, but around here it’s hubby’s artisan bread. :) The bread is beautiful and delicious. You really can’t beat it.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  3. Ashley says

    My favorite family recipe is my Mom’s Braised Short Ribs – they’re so tender and full of flavor and just indescribably, incomparably delicious!

  4. Gail Becker says

    I’m a fan on face book & I get your em-mail daily,too! I’d love to win this,because Smucker’s taste so good! Jelly sandwiches are loved in my house.

  5. Jenny says

    Our favorite family recipe is my chili recipe – it can be a little spicy for some but my boys love it!

  6. says

    our favorite family recipe is marshmallow salad: 1 box pistachio pudding, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 bag colored marshmallows, 1 tub cool whip. mix together – chill – enjoy! I love it because it reminds me of my grandma and her wonderful food

  7. Angela G says

    I’ve never made one but my cousin enjoys the peanut butter and jelly cake found at !

  8. Michelle Pegram says

    My absolute favorite family recipe is for red velvet cake. It’s the true southern version made with vinegar and baking soda and a cooked frosting that isn’t cream cheese.

  9. Chris B. says

    our family loves the chicken white chile recipe. it’s so easy to make, tastes super yummy and not very expensive to make.

  10. Valerie S says

    My favorite family recipe is my great grandmother’s cinnamon rolls. My dad makes them sometimes and they bring back great memories of being a kid.

  11. Joellen says

    Our favorite family recipe is my husband’s chili. It’s not so much a recipe as a list of ingredients and a method, but we love it. He used to make it for me when we were dating, and when we were first married, we’d work together in our tiny kitchen with the older-than-dirt gas range and three feet of counter space to put together chili and cornbread. It tastes good, is inexpensive, and brings back good memories. What’s not to like?

  12. MH in OH says

    Favorite family recipes – it’s funny, from my MIL come 0ur favorite main dish recipes (lasagne, chili, sausage casserole) but from my mom and grandmothers come our favorite sweets – cookies (sugar cookies from my dad’s mother and oatmeal raisin from my mom’s side), breakfast treats (bubblewreath from my mom), and so on. It’s a good thing we got together to have more complete menus. :) I love these recipes not only because they taste good, but because they come with so many memories of cooking together.

  13. Debbie says

    No Christmas would be complete without my grandmas cinnamon rolls,when grandma passed then my mom took over.The whole family waits for this time of year

  14. katklaw777 says

    Fav family recipe would have to be our xmas blintzes…I help, but have not made them alone yet. You make dozens of crepes, then fill them with a secret cheese filling. Then you roll them up a special way, place a bunch in a pan and bake them in the oven. Top with sour cream and Lingonberry sauce(not made from scratch) and enjoy! We only have them on xmas eve, but we always make enough for everyone to take some home…thanks goodness.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  15. Mary E.S. says

    Our Favorite recipe is CatHead Biscuits. This is my paternal grandmothers recipe.The family expects them at every get together.4cups AP flour,4tsp double acting baking powder,1tsp salt.Sift together well then work in 4Tblsp shortening until crumbly,then stir in 1&1/3 cups of milk or buttermilk.Add more milk as needed untill dough is soft & pliable then form into biscuits. Bake 12to15min.@375*or untill browned. I usually get about 10 biscuits from her recipe.