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Plays for Cookistry.com
Hometown: Longmont (Boulder) Colorado
Experience: Columnist at Serious Eats, food writer for Boulder Daily Camera
Now that winter is (mostly, sort of) behind us, it’s time to shake off the winter coat, winter colors, and winter cuisine, and spring into … well, spring.
Plays for ChezUs.com
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Inspiration: A family background in cooking, now feeding a hungry husband
Making the gnocchi just takes patience. It may take you a couple times before getting it just right. Don’t give up, keep trying, it will be worth it.
Plays for FarmGirlGourmet.com
Hometown: Spokane County, WA
Claim to Fame: Cooks in a 100-year-old farmhouse kitchen
As soon as spring weather hits, I am all about warm potato salads using my barbecue wok, but since it’s still pretty cold out, I roasted the veggies in the oven instead.
Plays for NutmegNanny.com
Hometown: Hudson Valley, NY
Claim to Fame: Freelance food writer, recipe developer and nanny
I’m not sure if I actually get a crown but it would be awesome if I did. I do love a good crown!
Plays for MeleCotte.com
Hometown: Georgia, USA
Alterego: Mild-mannered School Administrator
Many of us fondly remember tater tots as the school lunch nibbles that paired perfectly with the square pizza the Lunch Lady served.
Plays for HeathersDish.com
Hometown: Little Rock, AK
Passions: God, family, friends, puppies, margaritas, chips & salsa, bread & butter, Texas and working out
Fingerling potatoes are pretty much fry-sized already, which means that the whole washing and cutting thing is minimized and thick-cut delicious steak fries are obtainable in the shortest amount of time ever.
Plays for MissInTheKitchen.com
Hometown: Wyoming, USA
Claim to Fame: Lives and cooks on a cattle ranch
Once I made meatloaf without mashed potatoes and according to my family, it was an epic mistake.
Plays for FoodBabbles.com
Hometown: New Jersey
Instead of the routine, run of the mill potato salad we see at each and every family barbecue or picnic, how about changing it up a bit? Salad with potatoes.
Why have a deadline: First-round voting ends today. Tomorrow the first round winner will be announced. Then it will be too late to make a prediction because that would be super unfair.
Why bother: For each round that your bracket scores highest (i.e. your predictions turn out to be the most accurate), you will win $50. That’s up to $50 more per round than if you don’t submit a bracket, so if you let the deadline pass, you’re basically losing money.
Why, how exciting: It takes less than a minute. All you have to do is select match winners from five dropdowns, fill in your address (in case you win) and hit submit. Then the accuracy of your prediction is determined by a vote in which you can participate. So you actually have the power to swing the results to match your own bracket and help you win, by voting and encouraging others to vote. It’s almost like you get to decide to win.