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If we stoked your competitive fires with last week's cover story on cooking contests, you might want to take note of a few more contests, big and small, with deadlines approaching.

Rhapsody Mother's Day Contest
The restaurant at 65 E. Adams is putting out a call for your mom's or grandma's best brunch, dinner or dessert recipes. E-mail recipes by noon April 22 to, with your name and contact information.

Chef Dean Zanella will test the recipes and choose as many as six winners, whose dishes will be served at the restaurant on Mother's Day. Those winners also will eat free on May 8. There's no prize money but hey, you're doing this for Mom.

Cook's Country Holiday Cookie Contest
It's never too early to start thinking holiday cookies. The magazine is seeking recipes by April 30 for seven categories: drop; rolled; bar or square; icebox or log; sandwich; chocolate, and "other." cookie08-CST-1208-5.JPG

Include a 250-word essay on why your cookie is so special. For more details or to enter via e-mail, go to; or mail your entry to Holiday Cookie Contest, Cook's Country, Box 470739, Brookline, Mass., 02447.

There's a $1,000 grand prize, six $100 runner-up prizes and the distinction of seeing your recipe in the magazine. Home Cook Challenge: Best Sandwich
No PB&Js here. Contenders thus far in the magazine's online contest (there's a different contest each month) include a Green Goddess grilled cheese and an onion, fig and prosciutto panini.

The deadline to enter is April 25; top prize is a $500 certificate to Sur La Table. Sending in a photo of your sandwich is optional, but probably a good idea.
For details and to enter, go to

Gnarly Head Rippin' Ribs Competition at Ribfest Chicago
The barbecue circuit is pretty hardcore, so be prepared. Submit that pork ribs recipe you've been perfecting by May 15. If your recipe is chosen, you'll compete in the June 11 contest at Ribfest in North Center, which actually is the regional cook-off for the 2012 Memphis in May Barbecue Competition.

There are all sorts of cash and other prizes, but the grand-prize winner gets a spot on a team that will compete in Memphis. For more details and to enter, go to

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