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This morning I had the most amazing idea ever. Ever. One that excites me SO MUCH that I’ve been squirming in my seat all day and can’t even wait a whole day to post it. I call it THE RECIPE ROUND-ROBIN.

Here’s how it works: I pick a foodstuff, in this case blueberry muffins. You say to yourself, “Lady, everyone knows that *I* have the best blueberry muffin recipe!” Meanwhile I already know that *I* have the best blueberry muffin recipe. Neither of us is going to bother with a new recipe because we already know ours are the bestest. But how would we ever know whose is truly the best?

The answer is we ask everyone we can to test two recipes (half batch each) and just answer which one they like best! I’ll employ my fancy statistics skills to determine which recipe wins the most. Depending on my recall of Partially Balanced Incomplete Block Designs and their analyses, which may not be very much, I might do a legit analysis or perhaps just take a basic “add ’em up” approach. (Mathy types with more recent DOE knowledge, if you’re out there, please contribute your perspective on a proper analysis, kthx).

If you want to put your recipe in the running:
Please email your blueberry muffin recipe to aleta at omnomicon dot com with RRR in the subject line by Friday March 27, 2009 at 6pm EST. Original-ish recipes only—the recipe your grandmother found on a bag of flour 50 years ago is okay, but a recipe featured by a fellow food blogger is a big No-no. No comments with recipes in them, please, we want to keep this nice and anonymous. You will automatically be entered as a taste-tester (hey, only fair), and will receive two recipes to try that are not yours.

If you just want to taste test:
Please leave a comment by Friday March 27th 2009 at 6PM EST saying so any old time, as long as you have some time to bake ’em by Sunday! We need more taste testers than recipes, so even if you have never made blueberry muffins and don’t have your own recipe, we still need you!

Each taste tester and each recipe contributor will be assigned two half-batch recipes to try by Friday at midnight EST and will have until Sunday April 5, 2009 at 5pm to give a thumbs up to one or the other.

And now you’re wondering if there’s a prize, right? Aside from the fame and a link on Omnomicon, I can’t think of anything more appropriate than America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book so you can compare your recipe and technique to theirs! Yeah!

For the record: ATK doesn’t even know I exist, and I’m buying this out-of-pocket because I’m personally so very enthusiastic about this project and it’s just the perfect prize. I have ATK’s The New Best Recipe and have been devouring it before bed as though it were a novel. So even though I haven’t perused it, I can’t imagine their Baking Book would be any different.

Okay, Omnometrists, have at it! This experiment will be only as successful as we have participants, and please tell your friends too! Squeee!!!

  1. zee Said,

    you totally have to make one of those charts they have for basketball or baseball where all the teams slowly get weeded out until the final showdown!

  2. Erin Said,

    I’ll taste test! It will force me to bake again AND have delicious blueberry muffins for breakfast!!

  3. Amy I. Said,

    Brilliant! Count me in to test, I have the final bag of last summer’s blueberries in the freezer begging to be used.

  4. Nathalie Wilson Said,

    Count me in as a taste tester. Thanks!

  5. Bree Said,

    I would LOVE to taste test! I don’t have a fab recipe but I’m all about eating! 🙂

  6. heather Said,

    i will totally test recipes!!! also, i knew you would love The New Best Recipe as much as I do!

  7. Chez Said,

    I have yet to find a blueberry muffin recipe good enough to use as my regular so I would LOVE to test!

  8. Pearl Said,

    Oh my gosh – I can’t wait to hear about the recipes!

  9. Amanda Said,

    I made a healthy blueberry muffin recipe on my blog, but I’ll be a taste tester this time! No use in shameless self-promotion 😛 My only request is that the recipes have to be less than 400 calories/muffin! No excessive buttermilk. :P:P:P

  10. Leigh Said,

    Testing, test 1, 2, 3. Count me in! I don’t think I’ve ever made blueberry muffins before. This is going to be great!

  11. Janice Said,

    Wow – how totally awesome. I’ll see what I can scrounge up. 🙂

  12. lo Said,

    What a fantastic idea! Not sure if I have a great recipe… but I’m going to think about this. Would be fun!

  13. Dixie Said,

    I’ll taste test. I’ve never made muffins before, blueberry or otherwise, but it would be fun to try.

  14. Theone Said,

    What a great idea I’d love to taste test!

  15. KimJ Said,

    If you still need taste testers I’m game! Not sure if fresh blueberries are yet in season here in Wisconsin but I’m sure someone will overcharge me for them.

  16. Caroline Said,

    Excellent! I will happily taste test, and my roommate just quickly chimed in to jump on the taste-testing bandwagon, so you’ll get two opinions for the price of one for the two recipes you send my way. :]

  17. sandra Said,

    i don’t have an old tried-and-true family recipe-i’d love to try the recipes and taste test…yumm! love to be in the kitchen.

  18. ChemicalDependence Said,

    Me, and my !four! roommates would like to taste test. 5 minimum guaranteed opinions here.

  19. MO Said,

    I would love to be a taste tester! Blueberry muffins are my favorite muffin and I would have no problem trying different recipes out. 🙂

  20. Jen Beauman Said,

    Count me in as a taste tester! I need an excuse to bake this weekend 🙂

  21. greenbean Said,

    how fun! this should be called OTK! Omnomicon’s TK! unfort, i cant test by that date, but this is a fabulous idea!

  22. stephanie Said,

    i would like to be a taste tester at least! i have two roommates and a number of friends who would be willing to be testers, as long as i do the baking!

  23. Amanda Said,

    Count me in!

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  25. Kristin Said,

    I’d love to be a taste-tester!

  26. Liz Said,

    I, sadly, do not have a blueberry muffin recipe (unless the add-milk-and-bake packets from the grocery store count…), but I would love to be a taste-tester!

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