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The last Recipe Round-Robin met with success, and I was so happy the idea took hold! Since the close of the contest, I’ve done a little informal polling to decide on the next generationally-transcendental delight. I thought it would be nice to alternate sweets and savouries, as food-types tend to gravitate toward either cooking or baking specifically. And with that in mind the next Round-Robin Recipe is meatloaf!

And this month’s prize is The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Heavy-Duty Revised Edition. From what I hear, it is a fantastic read.

For those of you new to Omnomicon’s RRR scene, welcome! This is our second contest, the first was for Blueberry Muffins, and here’s a link to the results. I think we’ll do this monthly to give everyone plenty of time to hold up their end of the bargain. The basic concept follows.

  • Omnomicon announces this month’s recipe, aiming for some widely-enjoyed comfort food. A tantalizing prize is mentioned.
  • You say “oh hey, I have my own recipe for that!” and step up to the challenge by sending aleta at omnomicon dot com your recipe. You don’t need to be supercook to throw in your recipe, but if it’s something you’d feed to someone else, what do you have to lose by entering? Recipe-providers will henceforth be referred to as “Recipierres.” Fancy!
  • Or maybe you don’t have a recipe for that, but you would still like to taste-test. Great! We need more taste-testers than recipes anyway! Readers have said they have a lot of fun taste-testing with their friends, roommates and families. Taste-testers will be referred to as “Tastebuds.”
  • Aleta sends you (whether you are a Recipierre or Tastebud) two anonymous half-recipes to try out, giving you two weekends to test.
  • You reply with which was your favourite.
  • A winner is announced and sent the prize!

I’m hoping to better define the process and rules with each iteration, so the concept is a bit of a work in progress, but here are some new details for this round. Please note that many of these details are anticipatory rather than a reflection of people trying to bend rules. For example, nobody tried to enter multiple recipes last time, but I could see someone misinterpreting the spirit of the contest and wouldn’t want to make them feel bad nor make the contest unfair for others. Rules: they keep things easy.

  • One recipe per entry. Remember, this is supposed to be your favourite meatloaf recipe. The term “favourite” implies just one.
  • Contributed recipes MUST be (at least mostly) your own. It’s fine if you started off with someone else’s and modified it (hey, there’s nothing new under the sun), but please use some scruples. So your grandmother’s recipe from some ancient text is fine, but copying and pasting some other food bloggers’ recipe is a huge no-no.
  • Recipierres MUST taste-test in order to qualify for the prize. This is kinda just good manners.
  • You are more than welcome to blog about your experiences, but please save your posts until the contest has ended—we wouldn’t want to bias anyone.
  • As a corollary, if you are blogging about your testing, please keep it kind. The recipes are anonymously titled, but you never know if someone who reads your blog was the one who sent in their more creative recipe that just didn’t do it for you.
  • To keep things fresh and fun for everyone, once you’ve won one RRR, you must wait 2 more rounds before entering a new recipe. So far this only affects Lo. Sorry to single you out, Lo.
  • And lastly, your judging is completely subjective; as a rule of thumb ask yourself  “which recipe would I be more likely to put in my recipe box to make again and again?” For example, suppose Recipe A tastes better than Recipe B, but you’re watching calories and Recipe B is way lighter and you think you’d be more likely to make B in the future . . . Recipe B deserves your vote. Think similarly about prep time, availability of ingredients, appearance, the coolness factor . . . etc. “Best” is all about your opinion and priorities.

According to, a meatloaf is “A mounded or molded dish, usually baked, of ground beef or a combination of various meats and other ingredients.” You may submit a vegetarian meatloaf if you so wish, but must be willing to taste-test meatloafs of the more traditional variety.

You have until 5pm EST next Thursday: April 30th, 2009 to send your most bestest-ever meatloaf recipe to aleta at omnomicon dot com. Please, no recipes in the comments.

You have until 5pm EST next Thursday: April 29th to leave a comment indicating your interest in tasting. You will (hopefully) receive your assignments by the next day (Friday 4/29), and will have the better part of two weekends to try both recipes. Your vote is due Sunday May 10th by 3pm EST.

I just broke a bottle of champagne over my computer monitor and cut a ribbon with some giant scissors, so we are good to go!

  1. Patrick Said,

    Sounds cool. I’d be delighted to be a “Tastebud.”

  2. Leigh Said,

    Yes, yes, yes! I have one of the best meatloaf recipes in existence. Lock me in as a recipierre.

  3. Apollo Said,

    Is your computer okay?

    I’d love to be a “Tastebud”.

  4. Heather Said,

    I’m totally in as a tastebud – i have absolutely no meat loaf recipes and honestly would never even think of making one as a “valid” food item to eat, so it should be interesting to eat multiple meat loafs!

  5. Dixie Said,

    I am totally submitting my grandfather’s awesome meatloaf recipe. It changed my life. I didn’t like meatloaf until I had this stuff.

  6. Bree Said,

    I would love to be a tastebud! I LUUUUUUVVVVV meatloaf. And I have a few recipes I like but none of them are my creation. 🙁

  7. Kristin Said,

    I had fun being a tastebud last time, so I’m totally down with doing it again!

  8. Janice Said,

    Oh, I am SO totally taking this one!!! We ADORE our meatloaf recipe!! Just finished a loaf of it the other night. 🙂 Will email you in the next day or two.

    Thanks for doing this! 🙂

  9. Liz Said,

    I have a recipe that I enjoy, but it’s a WW recipe so count me in as a tastebud! I loved participating in the last round and look forward to testing out some different meatloaf recipes. I am a big meatloaf fan 🙂

  10. Pearl Said,

    unfortunately, i don’t have a recipe for meatloaf or have ever made meatloaf :/ but i can’t wait to see what people say about it!

  11. Penny Said,

    I’d like to be a Tastebud!

  12. Zeenat Said,

    I’d love to be a tastebud Aleta!! I luv a good meatloaf 😀

  13. Amy Said,

    Oh this sounds like so much fun! My meat loaf consists of a flavoring envelope from the grocery store, so I’m all for being a Tastebud and trying out new recipes! Besides, I seriously need some blog fodder- I’ve been really stale for far too long.

  14. Courtney Said,

    I have been wanting to make meatloaf for months now….just didnt have a good recipe..this is perfect! I would love to be a tastebud!

  15. Kisma Said,

    I’ve been on the hunt for a great meatloaf recipe for a while now. Thanks for cutting the work in half for me—- send two recipes my way, please! Tastebud here!

  16. ChemicalDependence Said,

    The roomies and I can’t wait to be tastebuds again…and promise to tone down the sass in the review this time 🙂

  17. Amanda Said,

    K count me in! Hopefully there will be no weird things getting in the way like the last time. Bring on some meatloaf!

  18. stephchows Said,

    Sounds awesome!! I need to dig out my old recipe that I LOVE. I haven’t made it in forever though since john doesn’t eat red meat. Oh wait… I have a turkey meatloaf one I’ve come up with since he showed up… and I love that one too… darn, I need to figure out which one I love more lol 😀 I’ll get back to ya for sure though!

  19. Tanya Said,

    I LOVE meatloaf. Count me in as a tastebud (I dont make it from a recipe generally so I dont have on to submit lol)

  20. Carla Said,

    i will be a tastebud! my boyfriend can vote, too, since he’ll be helping me eat them!

  21. Dustin Said,

    All my favorite meatloaf recipes are shamelessly swiped from old cookbooks and from So I guess I’m not qualified as a recipierre.

    I’ll submit my kitchen, though: if you still need Tastebuds (capital?) count me in!

  22. Isabel Said,

    My fiancé and I would like to be TASTEBUDS! =)

  23. Randy Said,

    Meatloaf, meatloaf, double beetloaf. I hate meatloaf.

  24. Omnomicon makes » daily nom #4 Said,

    […] I bring this up as a reminder to submit your killer meatloaf recipe or comment to be a Tastebud (Tastebuddy? Is that any better? Are these names just awkwardly degrading?) by tomorrow at 5pm. Several excellent-sounding recipes already languish in my inbox, awaiting delicious employment. Details. […]

  25. Emily Lauren Said,

    Oh, damn! I just discovered your blog and now I’m really excited about this idea… and I’m just saying…
    if you wanted another Tastebud or two… I’ll volunteer with my boyfriend.

    Else I’ll have to wait for next time.

  26. Deb Said,

    Man….I miss reading this site for just a bit…and I CAN’T submit the best meatloaf recipe ever??? I missed the date!! I’m really bummed…. you all missed a major treat! It’s typical meatloaf with an awesome topping!

    Oh well…sniff, sniff….

  27. Carson Said,

    Nice one, I’ll give it a try next weekend!

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