Monday, July 2, 2012

Tomato Love Recipe Exchange

Pull out your cookbooks, open up your favorite recipe search engine, shuffle through mom’s and grandma’s recipe cards, and search for your favorite tomato recipes!

Summer has arrived and while that means that the temperature is creeping toward 100 degrees, it also means that tomato season is in full swing!  So to celebrate, Ali of Gimme Some Oven and I are hosting a summer recipe exchange called Tomato Love!  Not only will you be able to share some favorite recipes and be eligible to win some stellar prizes, but you will also have the opportunity to increase awareness of the International Justice Mission’s Recipe for Change campaign.  Read on for more details.

Like many Americans, we were unaware that the Florida tomato industry (where 90% of our country’s off-season tomatoes are grown) has been called “ground zero” for modern-day slavery within the United States.  A Fair Food Program has been developed which establishes a zero tolerance policy for slavery, child labor and harassment in Florida tomato farms. Industry leaders, supermarket chains (so far, Whole Foods and Trader Joes), and fast food companies (McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell and more!) have signed on to the Fair Food Program to help ensure that the tomatoes that we love are harvested by farmworkers in an environment of safety and basic dignity.

So get ready to share your recipes and get social for Tomato Love, beginning July 9!  All of the recipe exchange details are below.


How To Participate If You Have A Blog:

1. Post: Create a tomato recipe using that week’s specific theme (appetizers, pizzas, etc.).  You may enter up to THREE recipes per week.  We would love for at least one of those to be a new post, but you are welcome to tag old posts as well if they fit the requirements.

Your post must also include mention of the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange and include the following links:

  • A specific example will be posted at the start of each week, but the reference could look something like this:  “Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, and sponsored this week by (this week’s brand).  Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.”

2. Link: Using the InLinkz widget that will be displayed on both Bake Your Day  & Gimme Some Oven‘s websites (you need only enter it on one website since they are linked), enter in your recipe photo and link.  Each contest will be open 7 days, beginning on a Monday at 12:00am, and ending the following Sunday at 11:59pm.  Prizes will ship to US addresses only.  Winners will be notified and have 3 days to respond and claim their prizes.

How To Participate If You Do Not Have A Blog:

1. Comment: Create a tomato recipe using that week’s specific theme (appetizers, pizzas, etc.), and post the full recipe as a comment in the comments section on either Bake Your Day or Gimme Some Oven.  You are also welcome, but not required, to upload a photo link via Photobucket, Instagram, Flickr, etc.  You may enter up to THREE recipes in the comment section per week.  Each contest will be open 7 days, beginning on a Monday at 12:00am, and ending the following Sunday at 11:59pm.  Prizes will ship to US addresses only.  Winners will be notified and have 3 days to respond and claim their prizes.

Additional Entries For Everyone — Get Social!

You can earn up to three additional entries by doing each of the following, but you must leave a comment below saying that you have done so.

  • Twitter: Tweet the following: “Join @gimmesomeoven & @bakeyourday in celebrating tomato farmers/recipes at the #r4c #TomatoLove Recipe Exchange!  –”
  • Instagram: Instagram a photo of your submitted recipe(s) with the following text: “I just shared (your recipe’s name) in the #TomatoLove Recipe Exchange.”
  • Pinterest: Create a pin on your board of the invitation graphic at the top of each week’s announcement post, inviting people to participate.  Use the #TomatoLove hashtag.

Mark Your Calendars:

A big thanks to Julie of Table for Two for designing our Tomato Love graphic at the top of the post!


97 Responses to “Tomato Love Recipe Exchange”

  1. #
    Liz — July 2, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    What a fabulous idea!!! I can’t get enough of fresh garden tomatoes in the summer 🙂

  2. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 2, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Love this and what a really great cause! Adorable video you two 🙂

  3. #
    Kathryn — July 2, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Such a great idea, can’t wait to see all of the wonderful tomato recipes!

  4. #
    Cindys Recipes — July 2, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    I posted a tweet @writelane about Tomato Love Recipe Exchange!

  5. #
    Kristen — July 2, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    You two are too cute! Can’t wait to participate 🙂

  6. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    This is going to be so fun! Can’t wait!! 🙂

  7. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 2, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Fuuun! And uh, yeah my garden is IN for this. 😉

  8. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 2, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Haha. Aww! You two are so cute (and pretty, too!). “Tomato love!” 😀

    The slavery point is appalling and I’m going to do some reading on that now. It’s great that you two are bringing some attention to it.

  9. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — July 2, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    How adorable are the two of you! 🙂 This sounds like a blast! My garden is bursting with tomatoes like you won’t believe! This is fabulous! Can’t wait to participate!

  10. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 2, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    You guys are just too cute!!

  11. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — July 2, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    What a fun idea! And the video is great – you guys both did a great job!

  12. #
    Sommer@ASP — July 2, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    What a fabulous idea! Love the clip. 🙂

  13. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 2, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    You girls are adorable and I love your idea of using fresh, in season tomatoes to create all sorts of wonderful dishes. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  14. #
    Whendi Martin — July 2, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Nice to meet you Ali, AKA Gimme Some Oven 😉 What an adorable video of the two of you expressing your Tomato love! I think I remember a time in one of your lives when anything with a speck of Tomato was given “not so much lovin” ;-o I already have a recipe in mind to share that was one of our fresh veggie, summertime favorites!

  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 2, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    What a cool idea, thanks for the invite to participate! 🙂

  16. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 2, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    You guys are so adorable! I love the cause and will try to join in and spread the word. Thank you for hosting!

  17. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — July 2, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    I love this idea, I can’t wait to see all the great recipes. I’ve also felt very inspire to use the audience I have to raise awareness to different issues that are on my heart, every little bit counts. My bone marrow donation post had three readers (that I know of) go through the process of getting on the bone marrow registry. It’s so great to be able to reach out and raise awareness. Thank you ladies!

  18. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 2, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Sounds like a great idea & love the video of you two. Will definitely be trying to post some tomato recipes, soon!

  19. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — July 2, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    YOu are so cute and I can’t wait to bake something with delicious summer tomatoes!

  20. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 2, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    y’all are too cute! i love the idea/concept that you guys are doing..such a great cause! can’t wait to see all the unique recipes 🙂

  21. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 2, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Cant’ wait to participate girls!! Hooray!!

  22. #
    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — July 2, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I am so excited!! I am in LOVE with tomatoes and I am so in!!

  23. #
    Krissy's Creations — July 2, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    What a great idea!!!

  24. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — July 2, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    You gals are adorbs!!! Gah – too cute! And I’m tomato OBSESSED – so in for this one!!

  25. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — July 2, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    What fun Idea!!!
    Who does not love tomatoes..Right!!
    I ma soo looking forward to join the fun!

  26. #
    Anna — July 2, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    The video is so cute, and I had no idea tomatoes were such a hot issue! Can’t wait to see all the recipes 🙂

  27. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — July 3, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    what a great idea! tomatoes are my absolute favorite veggie (or are they a fruit?i never know…) so i love this! i’ll definitely try to participate as much as possible!

  28. #
    Rachel — July 3, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    What a great idea! I guess I will have to come up with more tomato recipes!

  29. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 3, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    What a great idea and will most definitely participate!

  30. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 3, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Sold! You had me at tomato! Can’t wait!

  31. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 3, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Such a fun idea! I can’t wait to whip up some yummy tomato dishes 🙂

  32. #
    Liz — July 4, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Gosh, how horrible…I had no idea, so thanks for bringing this issue to light, Cassie! I will link up my next tomato recipe when it fits in the appropriate category 🙂

  33. #
    Amanda — July 4, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I heart tomatoes. Seriously…tomatoes are in my top 5 favorite things about summer!!!!! I can’t wait to participate!!!!!

  34. #
    Tracey — July 4, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    What a fun idea, I’m excited! You guys are so cute, I just love the video 🙂

  35. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 6, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    You two are so cute in the video!! What a great idea! I hope I can participate!

  36. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — July 8, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Awww…what a great video! It was so good to see you ‘live’, Cassie! And what a great way to bring awareness to this issue. You know I will gladly participate to the extent that I can! : )

  37. #
    Becca from It's Yummilicious — July 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    What a great job you did on the video! I Tweeted about the giveaway here:

  38. #
    Becca from It's Yummilicious — July 9, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I Pinned the graphic for the contest to my “giveaways” Pinterest board, and tagged it #TomatoLove. Pinterest name is BecHef

  39. #
    Vicki Bensinger — July 9, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    What a great project and it will be so much fun to participate in.

  40. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — July 9, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    you guys are cute 🙂 and what a great cause! I’m hoping to enter at least a few times over the course of the event!

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    Eat good 4 life — July 14, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    OMG, I just saw this from a fellow blogger . Because I am out of town until the end of the month I won’t be able to enter anything in my blog but the minute I get back I am will. Great work!!

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