Announcing the Finalists for the Appetizer Recipe Contest


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We’ve asked people to submit their original Thai or Thai-inspired recipe for a chance to win two cash prizes of $599 and $399 from SheSimmers.com. And they did. Our three judges[1] have reviewed the entries after the submission deadline on July 11th, 2011, and they have named the following entries as the finalists.

Here are the finalists, listed in no particular order.


Finalist #1 is Merry of My Merry Cooking who has submitted Spicy Ginger Chicken-Cakes on Hot Thai Dressed Cabbage.

Our judge Bill Daley is impressed with this entry. “Sharp, attractive photos help tell the story; clear recipe instructions; conversation tone is helpful and encouraging. People love shaping foods into patties, burgers and cakes like this. I think people will make this recipe,” he says.

Finalist #2 is Rachel of Rachel Cooks Thai who has submitted Northern Thai Dip (Nam Prik Ong) Cucumber Appetizer.

David Hammond likes how Rachel has used a blend of traditional elements in non-traditional ways. “That’s important because what I’m looking for is not just mastery of a traditional recipe, but a somewhat new application,” says Hammond. The use of fried lotus and basil does that, he says, likening it to ‘a delicate presentation that recalls the filigree of a Thai temple or the finesse of a Thai dancer.’ As for the question, “Does this dish make me hungry?” which he used as another important criterion, Hammond has come to a conclusion, “I would eat these apps, probably a lot of them.”

Mike Sula‘s reason is similar to Hammond’s, “I mostly liked it because she chose an element of Thai cuisine (dips) most non-Thai folks won’t be familiar with, and drew a straight line to the all-American concept of chips and dip. Without compromising technique (pounding can be intimidating!) or ingredients (bean sauce!) she clearly demonstrated its simplicity, yet created something very pretty and sophisticated.

Finalist #3 is Sonia of My Little Kitchen Laboratory who has submitted Coconut Quinoa Cakes with Shiitake Peanut Red Curry Sauce.

I thought the recipe fascinating; the use of a hot ingredient like quinoa was a smart move to reach adventurous cooks,” says Daley.

Hot, rich, spice over neutral grain — delicious,” says Hammond of this entry which he considers a good looking dish and an easy-to-follow recipe. “This sounds like an excellent high taste/low fat recipe that’s definitely in the Thai tradition but that utilizes a key ingredient – quinoa — that is not in the Thai cannon,” he says, adding that the red curry sauce, coconut and garlic sound good with the grain and the peanut.


Finalist #4 is Chris who has submitted Fried Wontons with Pork Filling which he serves with a dipping sauce — a blend of original Thai Sriracha (similar to this) and Thai chilli jam (Nam Prik Pao).

Although Sula thinks cilantro stems should have been mentioned as a substitute for cilantro roots which are hard to find in the US, he likes this recipe. Simplicity is cited first as one of the reasons. The use of proper ingredients is also what impresses him about this entry. “[It’s] one a of few to use fish sauce,” he notices. Then there’s faithfulness to technique — pounding ingredients in a mortar. “I’m really into pounding lately,” he adds (evidence). For Sula, connection to something everybody is familiar with, like wontons, also helps tip the scale in favor of this recipe.

Finalist #5 is Jessica of Inquiring Chef who has submitted Thai Shrimp Bites with Peanut-Lime Dipping Sauce

Hammond likes how the recipe is easy to follow and not so complicated as to make it inaccessible to inexperienced chefs. It also passed his “Does this dish make me hungry?” test. “Like a lot of good recipes, as I read it, I can taste the food being described: the flavors make sense when I imagine them together,” he says, adding that this recipe is not a radical departure from the Thai culinary tradition, but it is a solid presentation of a familiar set of flavors, with the process clearly delineated.

The judges’ duty has ended here. It’s now you, readers, who will determine which of these five finalists will receive the cash prizes. The first prize of $599 and the second prize of $399 will go to the finalists who have received the highest and the second highest number of votes as of 11:59 p.m. CDT on July 18th, 2011, respectively.

Voting is open now. You can vote by leaving a comment on this post including the number (#1, #2, #3, #4, or #5) in your comment. If you’d like to tell us your reason, please feel free to do so. Otherwise, a simple “I vote for #X” is enough.

Anyone can vote. One finalist per vote. One vote per account. Finalists, of course, can vote for themselves.

Please don’t vote by sending an email to me for all votes need to be cast in public on the site.

Vote now!

[1] The panel of judges include:

Bill Daley – Daley is a food and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune. He covers chefs and food personalities as well as cooking techniques and trends. One of his fields of expertise is food and beverage pairing.

Mike Sula – Sula is a James Beard-nominated food and restaurant critic for the Chicago Reader. A big fan of Thai cuisine and highly knowledgeable about the subject, Sula has written numerous articles about Thai food and Thai restaurants in the United States.

David Hammond – Hammond writes the weekly Food Detective column in the Chicago Sun-Times and produces food-related segments for WBEZ (91.5FM), Chicago’s National Public Radio Station. He is also co-founder and co-moderator of LTHForum.com, the almost 10,000 member Chicago-based culinary chat site.

None of the judges is affiliated with SheSimmers.com or its advertisers.

197 Responses to Announcing the Finalists for the Appetizer Recipe Contest

  1. bdecou July 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    I vote for Finalist # 3, Sonia. That dish looks scrumtrulescent. What a great use of quinoa.

  2. Merry Graham July 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    #1 recipe: Spicy Ginger Chicken-Cakes gets my vote!

  3. Noe July 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I vote for #3, Sonia’s dish. Yum.

  4. Sonia July 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    My vote goes to #3. Thanks, Leela!

  5. jlef July 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    My vote is for the Quinoa cakes with red curry sauce! Good luck Sonia!

  6. JSCHalcyon July 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Vote – #3 – Looks Delicious!

  7. sschelley July 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I vote for Rachel Cooks Thai’s awesome recipe! Elegant!

  8. linda July 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    My vote goes to recipe #1 – the recipe looks and sounds delicious! And the photos are amazing – they make you want to make it!

  9. Ellen July 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    My vote is for #5!

  10. Mary Margaret July 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I made #5 and it is the best ever! Delicious and simple. My vote is for #5.

    Note to shesimmers.com webmaster, the link for #5 isn’t working on this page, please fix. For visitors please click link below for #5
    http://inquiringchef.com/2011/07/11/thai-shrimp-bites-with-peanut-lime-dipping-sauce/

  11. e9b7cb96-af1f-11e0-ae40-000bcdcb5194 July 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    #5!

  12. ShilohLeah July 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    I vote for #1 – My Merry Cooking! Those Spicy Ginger cakes get my tastebuds going!

  13. Drew July 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I vote #3 Sonia! Thai it up!

  14. Artur July 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    #2 – great recipe, Rachel!

  15. Mamta Karani July 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Sonia, Recipe Number 3!

  16. k July 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    #3! because it looks delish!

  17. avi July 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Wow #3 looks fantastic … I think I just took a bite out of my computer screen. I vote #3

  18. Gia Chung July 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    #2 – My vote goes to Rachel’s sophisticated appetizer. It looks like restaurant quality dish….

  19. D July 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I vote for Sonia #3, ALL DAY!

  20. curlykmommy July 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I vote for #1, because it looks beautiful and delicious!

  21. Rahul July 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Sonia, #3, takes the (quinoa) cake for me!

  22. Daniel Lee July 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    #4 for me. Go Chris!!

  23. Riyadh July 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Sonia, Finalist #3

  24. sillySoSa July 16, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Definitely finalist #2

  25. laurielufkin July 16, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Recipe #1 of course–Merry’s recipe is the BEST!

  26. Vseward July 16, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    #1 Merry’s spicy Ginger chicken cakes are to dying for!!! I vote for Merry Graham’s recipe!

  27. Frank July 16, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    I vote for #5! Tasty, simple and Thai 🙂

  28. c.t. July 16, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    I vote for #5! The recipe is simple enough for a novice chef like me, but looks like it was much more work than it was to impress dinner party guests.

  29. KJ July 16, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    #3 – sonia – that dish looks very healthy and creative!

  30. KP July 16, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    #2 – looks phenomenal!!!

  31. smackychick July 16, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    #3 – Sonia from My Lil Kitchen Lab! Without a doubt, my favorite food blog in D.C. She’s as bright and fun and wonderful in person as she is in the kitchen 🙂

  32. Rachel July 16, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    I vote for #5!!!!

  33. Jane July 16, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    #2 looks AWESOME. *drool*…

  34. Remy July 16, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    #5!!!! Go Jess! Love, Remy and Nat

  35. Michaela July 16, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    I agree with the judges. The Thai Chicken Cakes (Merry Grahms creation #1) is something people would actually cook. My vote is for her recipe.

  36. Carolee July 16, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    My vote is for # 5! It looks & sounds delicious! ~ C

  37. JennT1981 July 16, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    I strongly vote for #1, Merry’s fabulous recipe with it’s striking photo…there’s a reason she’s already in the number one spot!

  38. Kitchen Enchantress July 16, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I can’t wait to try Merry’s recipe for Spicy Ginger Chicken-Cakes (recipe #1)! The cakes not only look delicious, but also simple to prepare. I’ll definitely be trying them soon, and hope to share with friends as well! Thanks for the great recipe Merry! 🙂

  39. Anne UF July 16, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    #5 all the way! Looks delicious!!

  40. Kristine July 16, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    The clear winner here is 5! Looks delicious!

  41. Rachel July 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I vote for #2

  42. LaurenW July 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I vote for #1!! Looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it!!

  43. Amy July 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    My vote is for #5!

  44. Debbie July 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    My vote is for #1, Merry’s Spicy Ginger Chicken Cakes – they look and sound amazing!

  45. Jennifer Ann Daskevich July 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    My vote is for # 1 – I love cakes of any type and this are beautiful with a yummy sauce.

  46. puja July 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    my vote is for SONIA FINALSIT #3!

  47. Linz1025 July 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I vote for #5!!

  48. Peggy July 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    #5 is my favorite. Can’t wait to try it.

  49. cookinmama July 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Voting for # 1 . It looks awesome

  50. TinaV July 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I vote for #1, sounds and looks delicious!! Definitely something I would make!!

  51. Julie Jackson July 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I vote for #5! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  52. Canada July 17, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    I vote for 5! Beautiful pictures!

  53. CJ July 17, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    #4 for me 🙂
    -cj

  54. Becky July 17, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    I vote for #5 – it was absolutley delicious. I loved the pictures and the instructions were quite clear.

  55. DHawk July 17, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    I vote for Rachel – #2.

  56. Dorrie July 17, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    My vote goes to Rachel and dish number 2.

    Very “naa gin”!

    Dorrie

  57. fresel July 17, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    i vote for #5 – looks delicious and beautiful at the same time –

  58. DaniD July 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Voting for #1–Would definitely try those cakes at home!

  59. Nate July 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Sonia, Finalist #3!!

  60. jasminb July 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Voting for #1 – Merry’s Spicy Chicken Cakes — looks yummy!

  61. Lyndsey July 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    #5!

  62. Alana July 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    I vote for #5. Jessica’s app. sounds and looks delicious!

  63. Dawn Davis July 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    #5 HAS MY VOTE!!!

  64. Kim July 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I vote for #1 by #1 Merry!! Looks yummy and beautiful!!!

  65. vietzbeats July 18, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    # 3, Sonia!!! Looks delish

  66. Carolyn July 18, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    My vote is for #5: Jessica’s Thai Shrimp Bites. The instructions are well-written, the pictures are beautiful, and the shrimp bites look delicious!

  67. Lauren July 18, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I vote for #3!

  68. Jeffrey July 18, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    I vote for #3. It looks great!

  69. Brian July 18, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    I vote for #3!

  70. Cori July 18, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    #5! I’m now craving shrimp.

  71. radley July 18, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    Sonia, Finalist #3

  72. gautam July 18, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    My vote is for the Quinoa cakes, #3!

  73. Debbie July 18, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Finalist #5 from Inquiring Chef!

  74. Suburban Avenger July 18, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    I vote #3!

  75. sandrajo July 18, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I vote for #1

  76. Pat July 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I vote for #1. Merry’s chicken cakes look absolutely amazing!

  77. Nshah July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    #3, Sonia! Looks delicious and very creative!

  78. Ayesha July 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Can’t wait to try #3. I love quinoa and have been looking for recipes to spice it up.

  79. KHoskins July 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I vote for #3– looks amazing! Good Luck Sonia:)

  80. Monica July 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Definitely #3, Sonia.

  81. tomgirlbc July 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Awesome- “I vote for #1 Merry’s recipe”, she never ceases to amazing me with her skills, Yum (I am Merry’s friend)

  82. Sanjeev July 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    #3 (Sonia at My Little Kitchen Laboratory) is number one!

  83. Laura July 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    #3, Sonia!

  84. 040e3db0-b15d-11e0-86cb-000bcdcb471e July 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    My vote is for recipe #1 Merry Graham’s dish is delicious!

  85. JP July 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I vote for #2. It looks delicious!

  86. carpang July 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I vote for #3. Love the recipes on My Little Kitchen Lab.

  87. Jackie July 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I vote #3 – Sonia!

  88. Chon July 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    My vote goes to #2. Great display of Thailand’s delicacy

  89. twannywun July 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I vote for Merry’s #1 recipe 🙂

  90. Aly July 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    I vote for Merry’s #1!

  91. John McMahon July 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    i vote for dish #2. it looks tasty!

  92. foodlove July 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I vote for #2!! beautiful presentation!

  93. Eric K. July 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I vote for #3, it is awesome!

  94. shannonnolan July 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I vote for #2!

  95. Admin July 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Previous commenter: Can you confirm that you’re voting #3 or #2? You got the names and numbers mixed up.

  96. c700ad48-b172-11e0-9960-000bcdcb5194 July 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    #2, Rachel’s appetizer looks amazing!

    (The post @ 2:19PM got the wrong number)

  97. itsang2002 July 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I vote for #2!

  98. AKA Jessica July 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    I like Rachel’s #2

  99. Nikhil July 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I vote for #2

  100. TRS Sport Styling July 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    I like #2!

  101. nanikitchen July 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    #3 all the way!  Can’t wait to try it, Sonia!

  102. BEloved July 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Merry # 1 all the way 🙂

  103. Christina July 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I vote for #3!

  104. 15283aa2-b17f-11e0-83d9-000bcdcb2996 July 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I vote #3!

  105. Melanie July 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I vote for the #1 recipe by Merry Graham.

  106. Jude Tibay July 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I vote for #2 – I like the contrast in textures

  107. Epiding July 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Recipe 3 sounds super tasty! I’m voting for #3.

  108. Admin July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Attention all: to be fair, I’m going have to void all the comments left by accounts named “unknown.”

  109. Tony July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I vote for #2 – My mouth is watering as I type.

  110. MichelleDent July 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    I vote for #2

  111. Jariyawat July 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    My vote goes for Rachel’s Nam Prk Ong (#2)

  112. NOG DOG July 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I pick #3, looks very tasty 🙂

  113. ankwan July 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Finalist #2! Creative and unique! Traditional flavors with a contemporary flair- wow!

  114. Surendra July 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    #2 – Rachel’s presentation definitely stands out from the rest

  115. Merry Graham July 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Administration: I assume you will delete the duplicates too ~ thanks!

  116. RK July 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Sonia #3 gets my vote!

  117. BLC July 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I vote for #2!

  118. JenChi July 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    #3 – DELISH DISH!

  119. a72a611e-b193-11e0-a377-000bcdca4d7a July 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I vote for #2 – looks delicious

  120. jvas1 July 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    #2 – yummy!

  121. dd331c54-b195-11e0-806d-000f20980440 July 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    I choose #2.

  122. Jessica July 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    5 gets my vote

  123. Rick July 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    For the pictures and the recipe – number 5 for me

  124. Steve G July 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    #2

    x2 on David’s review. I really appreciate the unique application of traditional ingredients.

  125. Peter July 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Number 2 has my vote!!!

  126. Megan C Smith July 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    I vote for #2

  127. Cathy G July 19, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    I vote for 5!

  128. Rachel and Matthew King July 19, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I vote for #5!!!!!!

  129. Jippy July 19, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    I vote for #2

  130. Miss Outer Banks July 19, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    My vote is for number 5!! Go Jess 🙂

  131. jerry July 19, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    I like #2

  132. Vincent July 19, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    I vote for #2.

  133. Dad July 19, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    #5 all the way. YUM!

  134. Miss Outer Banks July 19, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    I vote for 5!!!

  135. Golden Boy July 19, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    I vote for #2

  136. stacys July 19, 2011 at 1:20 am #

    #5! Yum!

  137. noteasytobegreen July 19, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    I vote for #3, Sonia. Can’t wait to try it!

  138. 8bcf0182-b1a6-11e0-a4f7-000bcdcb2996 July 19, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    Cheers for #5!

  139. Marcy Miller July 19, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    I vote for #5!!

  140. la bella vita July 19, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    I vote for #3!

  141. Audra July 19, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    I vote for #5

  142. Alfie July 19, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    I vote for #2!!

  143. Zimp July 19, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    I vote for #5

  144. Lorie July 19, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    # 5 is by far the best!

  145. Manny July 19, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Sonia # 3, Delicioso!

  146. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    I vote #5!!

  147. 4922da68-b1ae-11e0-89aa-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    #3 fo sure! you can cook for me anytime

  148. dlist July 19, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    I vote #3 — Yum! Rock on, Sonia!

  149. Harsha July 19, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    # 3,yummy and professional too.

  150. Terry Menegay July 19, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    I vote for #5!!!!

  151. mom July 19, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    My vote is for # 3. very yemmy

  152. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    I vote #5

  153. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    I vote #5

  154. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    #5 is the best!!

  155. Natalie {Where North Met South} July 19, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    My vote is for #3! Delish!

  156. JWV July 19, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    My vote is for #3

  157. jigro2317 July 19, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Sonia- #3!!

  158. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    I vote #5

  159. Laura July 19, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    a vote for #3, sonia!

  160. Brice July 19, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    I vote #2

  161. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    I vote #5

  162. 35e3ec54-b1ad-11e0-8888-000f20980440 July 19, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    I vote #5!

  163. Angela FRS July 19, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    Casting my vote for #1–looks delicious.

  164. Unknown July 19, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    I vote for #2!!

  165. vm July 19, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    i vote for #3, quinoa cakes.

  166. Jessica July 19, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    I vote for #2!!!

  167. a45e9118-b1b5-11e0-93b5-000bcdcb5194 July 19, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    I vote for #2!

  168. Sig Tau Men of the 60's July 19, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    I go for #5 … !

  169. Rachel Cooks Thai July 19, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Thanks to the judges for the kind comments! I vote for #2.

  170. Shauna July 19, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    #2 gets my vote 🙂

  171. George Lee July 19, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    I vote for #2

  172. 4c06f0c4-b1b9-11e0-a8c2-000bcdcb8a73 July 19, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    #2 is my vote

  173. Unknown July 19, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    I vote for #5. Good luck Jessica!

  174. Drew July 19, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Sonia, #3 !

  175. TK July 19, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    #3, Sonia, looks great, gl

  176. sarah July 19, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    I agree with Mike Sula and vote for #2. Love how Rachel introduces the authentic Thai dish in a new way that everyone can connect with.

  177. Paula July 19, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    I vote for #2. I’d like to try out this recipe at my next cookout.

  178. Kathy.M.Ross July 19, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    I vote #2!

  179. Terri July 19, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    I vote for #5

  180. jessica m. July 19, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Rachel inspires me with her submission. #2 for me!

  181. aja July 19, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    I vote #2

  182. Joan M July 19, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    I vote for 5! Love that site!

  183. cl July 19, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    I vote for #2 – I love the blend of something so flavorful and soft with the clean crispness of the cucumber!

  184. Unknown July 19, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    My vote goes for #2. I’ll have to try this sometimes

  185. Matt July 19, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    I vote #2. I just had dinner… but I’ll have some of these if they are in front of me right now 🙂

  186. Suvro July 19, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    #2. Great stuff

  187. olvido July 19, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    I vote for #2. I want this at all the Thai menus

  188. Timpy T July 19, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    Number 5. Thailand we like this!

  189. Alison July 19, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I vote for #2! Yum!!!

  190. RC July 19, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    My vote goes to #2.

  191. c700ad48-b172-11e0-9960-000bcdcb5194 July 19, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    I love #2!

  192. AF July 19, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    I love cucumbers. Vote for #2.

  193. M. Jones July 19, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Nothing like the last minute – I vote for 5!

  194. Admin July 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    We’re tallying up the votes now, weeding out obvious duplicates and unknown voters in the process. Looks like it’ll be a close race. The winners will be announced here after we have verified everything. Thank you.

  195. Admin July 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    The votes which came in before the deadline have been recorded on this spreadsheet document. Finalist #2 and Finalist #3 are winners of the first and second prizes respectively. Congratulations. Emails will be sent out to you with instructions.

    Thank you all for participating. Those who didn’t make it to the finals and finalists who didn’t win this time, take heart. There’ll be more activities like this in the near future.

  196. Merry Graham July 20, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Thanks so much ~ it was fun even though I didn’t win. I had so many others wanting to vote but just got frustrated with the profile box. Wish they could just post directly onto your Facebook wall. Thanks again!

  197. Dorrie July 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    My congratulations to the winners!

    All of you presented very nice dishes. It was quite difficult for me to choose between no 1 and no 2 – and for me, the two of you are *my winners*.

    Thank you all, it was fun to follow this event, and A BIG THANK YOU TO LEELA for this great idea.