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Our story and recipe criteria/process:

A reader recently asked how we choose the stories for each issue and I thought it might be fun to share our process with you. I think what you'll find is that just because you're story wasn't chosen, it doesn't mean we didn't want it. So please consider submitting ideas for upcoming issues.

1) How does your story relate to the theme?

We love hearing different takes on a theme and try to get as much variation as possible in each issue. We try to make sure we don't have too many of one idea i.e. grandma or dad's favorite recipe or a cross-country move, for example.

2) How well is the story/proposed idea is written?

We make a point to include writers of all skill levels—the common theme is that they're all passionate and keep us reading until the last sentence.

3) How does the recipe fits together with all the other recipes?

We want each issue to be tied together by the common theme but varied enough that the reader doesn't get bored. We also need to make sure we don't have 10 dessert recipes and only 2 main dish recipes. And of course we want people to want to make the recipes.