Better Together: Hands-On Cook-Off Video Contest

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 — 6:31pm PST
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Better Together is a non-profit online community forum (in partnership with the BC Dairy Association and the Ministry of Health) that celebrates family togetherness at mealtimes and on May 1st, they’re launching their 4th annual Hands-On Cook-Off.

The purpose of this social forum is to encourage people to cook and eat together, as the research shows that children and adults who eat together enjoy many important benefits-school performance, better health, social skills, etc. The contest is a fun way to get this message out.

To enter the Hands-On Cook-Off, submit a 3 minute video (or less) of two or more people teaming up to host their own cooking show, making a favourite recipe. Participants in the video should be either of two generations (enter in the Multigenerational category) or at least two youth (enter in the Youth category). They can be preparing breakfast, BBQ, pizza, salad, snacks, or any other home-cooked food.

The contest will be open for entries from May 1, 2013 to June 2, 2013 and then the public will be able to vote on their favourite videos. There are some great cash prizes to be handed out on top of hundreds of dollars in grocery gift certificates. Winners will be announced in each category as well as a public vote/people’s choice category. All videos that don’t win any of the other prizes will be entered in the random draw to win a $500 grocery gift certificate.

We’re getting the word out now so that you can be sure to enter during the contest period and have your video presentation down. See the Better Together website for full contest rules, regulations, and prize information.

kitchenaid-mixerTo spread the word about the contest, Better Together has offered up another awesome prize just for one lucky Miss604 reader — a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (like the one my grandmother had in her kitchen, but brand new of course).

Here’s how you can enter to win the mixer thanks to Better Together’s Hands-On Cook-Off:

  • Leave a comment naming a favourite food item you like to make at home (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Check out the @bettertogether #handsoncookoff contest + RT to enter to win a KitchenAid Mixer from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Prize may not be exactly as shown in image above. Follow Better Together on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their family, food, and fun campaigns.

Update The winner is @rainstorm3!

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  1. Kirsten says:

    I love making curry!

  2. Ria A. says:

    I enjoy making baked salmon while trying out different recipes/spices with it!

  3. Dayna Wilson says:

    Tuna casserole!

  4. Jas says:

    Greek salads- so easy, so delicious!

  5. Jackie says:


  6. Tooth Fairy says:

    ♥ I love to bake German Marble cake! What a real sweet treat it would be to mix it with this prize. I follow you them on twitter @toothfairycyber and LIKE you and them on Facebook and tweeted it too. ☺

  7. KittyPride says:

    Cake and cookies!

  8. Bonnie says:

    Chocolate oatmeal cake — my mom’s tried-and-true recipe!

  9. Katie says:

    Definitely would like to make a nice whole wheat bread loaf

  10. Ben says:

    Carrot cake!

  11. Brenda says:

    Any dessert!

  12. Cliff says:


  13. albertc says:


  14. Sharon says:

    Lobster bisque. It’s not something I make very often, since the ingredients are so expensive, but it is SO worth it whenever I do!

  15. Miranda says:

    Cakes, breads, pizzas… but what I feel like doing this weekend is some chicken and avocado rolls and Tiramisu for dessert, Yummy!!

  16. Lisanne says:

    Moroccan Tagine.

  17. Linda says:

    I enjoy making muffins, banana bread, cookies…basically, recipes that don’t require a mixer but I would love to have one so I can bake fancy desserts like the pros!

  18. Sophia says:

    I’d love to make cupcakes and macarons with the mixer!

  19. Laura says:

    A KitchenAid mixer has been on my wish list forever!
    My favourite thing to make is a toss up between parmesan chicken, and bruschetta chicken. I found both recipes on Pinterest and always get tons of comments whenever I make either dish.

  20. am says:

    Besides making homemade jam, my favourite thing to make is chocolate marble cake

  21. Carmelle says:

    I love making my strawberry shortbread cookies especially during the holiday season!

  22. Jeannie says:

    I like to make chewy chocolate chip cookies.

  23. Ann W says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

  24. Deanna says:

    I love to make cupcakes. Red velvet is my fave!

  25. Scott Baker says:

    Home made bread – with lots of garlic in it!

  26. Liz says:

    I love making curry. The chopping and preparing as well as the aroma from the spices is the best.

  27. Kate says:

    Banana bread!

  28. Love making dessert!

  29. Linda says:

    Love to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for the grandchildren!

  30. Darlene says:

    Rhubarb cake with vanilla sauce…..

  31. Kathleen says:

    Banana bread with chocolate chips.

  32. Grant Dimock says:

    When it comes to taco night the whole family participates

  33. Grace says:

    I make a good lemon loaf. Delish and especially in the spring!

  34. Megan says:

    I really enjoy making gluten free cookies, would love to experiment more with the right equipment.

  35. Natasha P says:

    That would have to be homemade pizza!

  36. Linda says:

    Favourite thing to make at home – hearty vegetable soup

  37. Richard says:

    Quinoa/ Rice/ Bean combination with different spices/ herbs to keep things fresh & new…..or a big batch of
    chocolate chip cookie dough to eat! =)

  38. CG says:

    Homemade granola bars!

  39. Antonio says:

    I want to try and make a Thai green curry

  40. Kara says:

    My specialty is bruschetta 🙂
    Loving that mixer in yellow – so cute.

  41. Gigi says:

    We enjoy making Thai Green Curry!

  42. Hannah says:

    I want to pass on my love of baking to my niece!

  43. Lloyd says:

    making chocolate chip cookies.

  44. jennifer says:

    i love making scones!

  45. Arjun Rudra says:


  46. Kathy says:

    I love making cupcakes and banana loaves! This mixer would sure help a lot 🙂

  47. Dilara says:

    I like making chicken curry.

  48. Nancy says:

    My new fave is a Greek Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

  49. erin says:

    Kung Pao Chicken

  50. David D. says:

    We do love our meatballs!

  51. Tintin says:

    Deep fried wonton!

  52. Chris says:

    Chocolate cake

  53. Mary T says:

    I love to make soup!!! Any kind, anyhow, anywhere!!!!!! Luckily my family loves to eat it.

  54. Sunita Bassra says:

    I love making pizza!

  55. Ruby B says:

    i luv 2 bake! cookies, muffins, cakes :o)

  56. Randy B says:

    enjoy making steak with all the fixings

  57. Harinder B says:

    I spoil my children when they visit with good home-cooked Indian food. You just can’t beat home-made samosas!

  58. NicT says:

    Homemade donuts!

  59. Sandra says:

    Pies. Lots of Pies!!!

  60. Ginger Leah Gervais says:

    The kids and I love to make banana muffins!!

  61. Michaela says:

    I love making banana walnut muffins!

  62. Lindsay says:

    Bourbon Banana Bread with chocolate chunks

  63. Sanaz says:

    Banana Bread

  64. Zaelia Blue says:

    Bread, spaghetti sauce, salads. I’m hungry!

  65. rob kwei says:


  66. Kimberley says:

    Love making pasta from scratch!

  67. Anna says:

    I <3 making walnut banana bread!

  68. Ella says:

    cupcakes with lots of icing and sprinkles

  69. Nabila says:

    Homemade pizza! Delicious everytime with homemade dough and practically any toppings you may have on hand 🙂

  70. Rosalind says:

    oh oh oh i’ve wanted a kitchenaid mixer for AGES 🙁
    i love making macarons!

  71. Megan H says:


  72. Vivien says:

    The kids and I love to bake so this would come in handy!

  73. Vivien says:

    Opps I forgot to say what we like to make. Chocolate chip cookies!

  74. Kathy E. says:

    Apple crisp! It’s so good, it’s addictive!

  75. plumerea says:

    Blueberry muffins mmmm

  76. Sara says:

    I love to make scones at home, but lately, I’ve also been really into making chia seed pudding. It simple and delicious!

  77. Chelle says:

    I love making a nice pasta with lots of veggies in it!

  78. Iris says:

    My cookie jar always has some homemade Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and I have been making the same recipe for the past 20 years. (I have the recipe memorized of course but somehow they turn out differently each time…my measuring must vary a bit!)

  79. Candice says:

    I make baked jalapeño poppers – they are awesome & prepared in a healthy way

  80. Lindsay says:

    I love making anything my mom used to make. I don’t often take the time to make big dinners like that, but when I do, they are everybody’s fave. Stuff like lasagna, Shepherd’s pie, slow cooker wings. Mom always makes best.

  81. Teresa says:

    One of the things that helps me get through the winter is a freezer full of homemade pesto. Last year I made versions with basil (of course), spinach and radish leaves, trying different nut and cheese combinations with each.

  82. Abby says:

    I like making stuffed mushrooms.

  83. blessedta says:


  84. Katrina says:

    I love cooking in general but homemade pasta- noodles, sauce and all!

  85. maria says:


  86. tony says:

    steak with mashed potatoes

  87. Janice Cotter says:

    I love cooking with my nieces and nephews and that gorgeous mixer would be a great help.

  88. Dee B says:

    Cheesy bread

  89. Angela Mitchell says:

    Homemade pergoies.

  90. Natalie says:

    I love making caprese salad!!!

  91. bernita says:

    I would love to make cookies with this mixer!!!

  92. Teresa K says:

    I love making butter chicken.

  93. Jen says:

    I love making chocolate chip cookies!

  94. TIm Ansley says:

    butter chicken!

  95. Donna L says:

    I love making brownies!

  96. kaykay says:

    I love making any noodles or pasta

  97. Denbi says:


  98. Jackson says:

    Love making macaroons! Still trying to ace it and a new mixer will do probably do the job!!!

  99. Susanna says:

    My daughter is an aspiring baker and this would come in so handy!!

  100. Kathleen Lehan says:

    I like cooking risotto!

  101. tracy says:

    cinnamon buns!

  102. Paula says:

    Love making tirimisu. A stand mixer will work beautifully whipping up the fluffy egg whites!

  103. Richard says:

    Banana Loaf… it’s versatile (can be a breakfast item or a healthy dessert..okay maybe not healthy)

  104. Tracy says:

    I love making scones. My family loves them!

  105. Gary says:

    homemade pizzas!

  106. Hillary says:

    I love making baked goods of all sorts!

  107. lindawwww says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  108. dave117 says:

    chewy chocolate chip cookies

  109. nance428 says:

    macarons … cupcakes

  110. Debra says:

    Spaghetti sauce that includes 12 vegetables in it.

  111. vincent chen says:

    spaghetti is always good! XD

  112. Gabriella Schmidt says:

    I would make a ton of cookies and fill up my house with the delicious smells of delicious cookies.

  113. Heather says:


  114. Shirley says:

    I like to make pasta.

  115. Elizabeth B says:

    My daughter and I love making lasagna and homestyle garlic bread together 🙂

  116. Judy says:

    I love to bake banana muffins

  117. Shelley says:

    Chocolate cream pie, so yummy.

  118. fiona n says:

    banana chocolate muffins 🙂

  119. sarah says:

    my favorite to make is a Zucchini Walnut Bread.. YUM!

  120. Krissy says:


  121. Peach puff pancakes:)

  122. Darcy says:

    chocolate chip cookes

  123. anna says:

    Soup! We’ll be making one for the contest 😉

  124. gigi says:

    Custard tarts!

  125. Emilia says:

    I like to make cinnamon rolls

  126. Marianne says:

    Just making the batter is enough!!

  127. Sue says:

    I love to make pizza at home

  128. Tina says:

    blueberry cheesecake

  129. Alice says:

    Skor cookies!

  130. Wade says:

    BBQ Thai chicken

  131. Wally says:

    I like to make soup.

  132. Alex says:

    Jamffins (muffins with jam inside)

  133. Tracy Mack says:

    Garlic Mashed potatoes is my favorite to make in my mixer! YUMMY!

  134. lisa says:

    waffles! yum.

  135. jeanie says:

    i love baking…i often get requests for my chocolate crackle cookies =D

  136. Jo Dee says:

    Banana bread 🙂

  137. Nancy says:


  138. Lor. says:


  139. Sally says:

    Banana bread!

  140. Andrew says:

    Meatloaf spaghetti

  141. Ray Maddly says:

    Beautiful, brilliant, crusty bread. Mmmmm……..

  142. Gina says:

    Hmmmmmm I would make endless goodies! Cookies, cupcakes, scones, etc. etc.

  143. Leanne M says:

    I love making cakes

  144. Amrit says:

    I love baking cupcakes at home! They’re very easy to make and delicious!

  145. Andy C. says:

    I make a mean tuna salad

  146. Carol-Ann Saari says:

    It’s not easy without a mixer, but I’ve enjoyed making Finnish coffee bread “poula” with my mom

  147. Daine says:

    I love making cookies I call “Daine’s Addiction”.

  148. Heather says:

    I love to make anything with chocolate 🙂 My favorite is chocolate cake.

  149. Shaelyn says:

    I make Ah-Mayzing Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  150. Monica says:

    Cookies!! Always better homemade!

  151. Sunshine G says:

    Apple pie.

  152. Chris O. says:

    The favorite food item I like to make at home are Birthday cakes! I bake them for my friends and extended family all the time. They seem more meaningful when they are home made!

  153. Erin says:

    I love making my own soups!

  154. Ari says:

    The latest juice trend!

  155. Rebby says:

    My fave food to make at home is pizza – fresh dough and all!!

  156. Angela says:

    cookies of any kind

  157. Karla Sceviour says:

    I love to make homemade spaghetti,,with garlic bread!

  158. Cyndi says:


  159. Rosalia says:

    I love making desserts such as cupcakes, brownies, pies, cakes and muffins!

  160. Glenda says:

    zucchini walnut bread

  161. Emma says:

    Spinach quiche

  162. cris says:

    Love to make all types of bread!!

  163. Cindy KS says:

    Hummus (with lots of garlic)!

  164. Swapnil says:

    Love making stir fry and cookies!

  165. Heidi says:

    I love making cupcakes!

  166. Carol says:


  167. esther says:

    chocolate cake.

  168. Dennis L. says:

    Nutella Banana Bread!!!

  169. Anna says:


  170. Jenn S says:

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies served warm from the oven

  171. Brent F says:

    I love to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies! A KitchenAid Blender would rock that!!

  172. I love making slowcooker ribs!

  173. Yasmin Hall says:

    I love to bake! I enjoy making scones, muffins and healthy cookies the most!

  174. ROBERT VESTY says:

    I love to make blueberry pancakes! A Kitchen Aid mixer would sure make it easier!

  175. Jennifer says:

    COOKIES! My husband owns his own business and every Friday I make dozens of cookies for his employees.

  176. Shelley says:

    Love to bake chocolate chip banana bread and cook anything with spinach!

  177. Brooklyn says:

    I have two favourite things to bake! Chocolate chip walnut banana bread and Double Tree Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies!

  178. Carolyne says:


  179. Tanis says:

    Smoothies are my favorite protein packed snack!!

  180. Mary says:

    i love kitchenaid

  181. Bernadette E. says:

    homemade bread…nothing beats it…and the smell it leaves in the house…fantastic!!!

  182. Leah says:

    Cookies and banana bread

  183. Renee says:

    Would make me such a better baker with the right tools 🙂

  184. Greg says:

    Cookies! (but I could do so much more with this…)

  185. Tanya says:

    Greek food has got to be my favourite. Marinated chicken overnight in oils and greek herbs, greek salad, feta cheese, and lots of tzatziki! yum!

  186. I LOVE making cupcakes at home!

  187. Bex says:

    homemade flatbread pizza!

  188. Nicole P says:

    I love to bake cakes!

  189. Deidra Hooper says:

    I love to bake cookies!

  190. Amanda says:


  191. Sioned says:

    healthy muffins

  192. Jane says:

    I love to make macarons!

  193. Leora says:

    I love making Thai curry

  194. Archana Aggarwal says:

    I love baking cakes!

  195. sandra says:

    Soup! All flavours, all regions – so versatile.

  196. Ray Maddly says:

    Pizza, for sure- love making homemade bread and sauce.

  197. Yutaka says:

    pasta! mmmmm

  198. shelly says:

    egg benedict!

  199. Laura says:

    Quinoa recipes!

  200. Steve v. says:

    All of our home recipes are noticeably absent of things that would require a good mixer! You could remedy that!

  201. Beatrice Benavides says:

    Lots of baked goods! Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, bread, brownies!

  202. Kerrie says:

    Homemade pizza with a crispy crust and a ton of fresh basil!

  203. Woody says:

    Deviled eggs!

  204. Nikki says:

    Kraft Dinner!

  205. Moshe says:

    Smoky baba ganoush

  206. Lor. says:

    Classic chocolate chip cookies for the kids (*wink)

  207. KC says:

    Funny, I have my grandmother’s old stand mixer but don’t use it any more — I am afraid it might break. I loved using it to make oatmeal cookies.

  208. kristy hayter says:

    My fav thing to make at home is pasta for me and roast chicken dinner with mashed potatoes for my hubby.

  209. Carrie says:

    Blueberry banana muffins!

  210. Jenn says:

    I like to bake cupcakes or cookies.

  211. Mike says:

    Kitchen mixer for soups. Cool!

  212. Elizabeth Sales says:

    my son and I love to bake together, especially cupcakes!

  213. heather b says:

    I love making cupcakes

  214. Jeannelle says:

    I love making cookies!!!

  215. BRENDA says:

    I love making banana bread with chocolate chips, (my machine is on its last leg)

  216. Kyongsuk says:

    Fresh bread – it makes everybody so hungry.

  217. Michael says:


  218. shelaine says:


  219. Radhika K says:

    I love to make cornbread with different cheeses and peppers

  220. Teresa Claire says:

    I love cooking and baking at home. I found a great recipe online for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. I made some for my Mum over the weekend and she told me today that there not any left!!

  221. Bonnie Y. says:

    I like to make Turkey Chili.

  222. Ren says:

    I love baking cupcakes from scratch!

  223. Sandy says:

    chocolate chip cookies

  224. Gurj says:


  225. Scott Podwinski says:

    I think It’s a tie between chili in the slow cooker, and stir fry!

  226. Stotes says:

    Gazpacho or hummus.

  227. Carrie says:

    I love making anything vegetarian. I am trying to make my roommates get away from so much meat!

  228. Renfrew says:

    cookies for my kids.

  229. Dave V says:

    Cinnamon Buns!

  230. Becky says:

    I love making Cookies!!! Yum Yum Yum!

  231. Jen says:

    I love making fish tacos with pineapple salsa and chili lime aioli. So fresh

  232. Vanessa Lee says:

    I love baking – recent favourite – lemon blueberry loaf

  233. Doug says:


  234. Stephanie Greaves says:

    If I had a kitchen aid mixer, I would use the optional attachments to make my own pasta! Yum, yum!!!

  235. lin says:

    oh, I would love a kitchen aid mixer. That will make it so much more fun when I make buns and dumplings together with my 3 year old!

  236. Jessica says:

    love to make bruchetta and bake cookies!

  237. Renee says:


  238. Bons says:

    Fried rice!

  239. Sue says:

    We love making everything from omelettes & pancakes at brekkie to roast chicken and smashed potatoes at dinner. Cookies and muffins are another specialty of ours!

  240. Mandy says:

    If I have a kitchen aid mixer, I would bake a lot more cakes and we would make our own pasta. Yum, fresh pasta!

  241. Mag says:

    I like to make different kinds of soup.

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